Technology
May 23, 2018 - Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) is gearing up to test its electric site solution before the end of the year. The company is currently building a fleet of eight prototype HX2 autonomous, battery-electric load carriers. As well as a fleet of HX2s, other prototype machines that make up the electric site system include the LX1 hybrid wheel loader and the EX1 cable-connected excavator. Skanska Sweden will incorporate the demonstration machines into its operations and test the electric site concept at a quarry in western Sweden for 10 weeks at the end of 2018.
May 8, 2018 - In labs across the world, cellulose nanocrystals are being tested as an additive to all types of things – inks, bioplastics and construction products, to name a few. 
May 4, 2018 - Some users of aggregate product are misapplying standards meant for soil to products such as stone, sand and gravel. Sand, stone, and gravel processed in a pit or quarry are products, not soil. However, Soil, Ground Water and Sediment Standards (Tables 1 through 9) for Use Under Part XV.1 (Records of Site Condition) of the Environmental Protection Act are being broadly used and misapplied to aggregate products even though they are not required to meet these standards. This regulation is only applicable to those sites where a Record of Site Condition is intended or will be filed.
April 10, 2018 - Recognizing the importance of continued engagement as a key component of the effective administration and enforcement of the Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act (ESTMA), Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) has solicited stakeholder input on challenges and lessons learned from the first reporting cycle through a series of in-person and remote outreach sessions, bilateral meetings and a voluntary e-questionnaire completed in June 2017.
Februrary 23, 2018 - Industry professionals attended a new learning opportunity on Feb. 22 for optimizing their aggregates operations and learning about the latest technologies available in the sector.
February 2, 2018 - If you’re planning on attending the first-ever Quarry Tech then register now!
January 28, 2018 - At the first-ever Quarry Tech forum taking place on Feb. 22, 2018 in Calgary, attendees will learn all about wash screen optimization.
January 23, 2018 - At the inaugural Quarry Tech forum, attendees will hear a practical guide on using the latest information management software to help aggregate producers address some of the most common process bottlenecks encountered in the production and distribution of construction aggregates.
January 18, 2018 - Lafarge Canada Inc. and its partners - University of Calgary, Queen’s University, and Pembina Institute - are conducting a million-dollar study on the environmental benefits of introducing lower carbon fuels at its Exshaw Cement Plant. Building from previous research, this multi-partner, multi-site lower carbon fuels project is the most significant of its kind in Canada.
January 11, 2018 - An exciting addition to Quarry Tech, Lafarge Canada will be presenting on its newly constructed Onoway Wash Plant at the upcoming forum, taking place on Feb. 22 at the Radisson Calgary in Calgary, Alta.
January 3, 2018 - Drones and drone survey programs are gaining popularity in the quarry, mining and civil construction industries.
December 17, 2017 - Smarter materials are coming to the construction jobsite.
December 12, 2018 - Modern quarry blasting operations have evolved into an extensive array of paperwork with essential documentation required for blast reporting, vibration monitoring, data regression, damage complaint resolution and blasting notifications. This often results in an unmanageable clutter that can quickly grow out of hand. Existing autonomous vibration monitoring systems (AVMs) can presently be implemented to handle the processing of vibration monitoring by providing a soft real‐time supply of vibration data to all necessary stakeholders.
December 6, 2017 - To say that Lafarge Canada’s concrete aggregates operation is a staple in Onoway, Alberta would be a tremendous understatement. The operation dates back more than 100 years in the community of just over 1,000 residents located about 60 kilometres northwest of Edmonton.
December 6, 2017 - Crushing is a dangerous business. Every year there are serious accidents on the job site and some are fatal. Nearly all could have been avoided with better safe work practices.
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