Technology
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.
November 27, 2017 - The BC Construction Safety Alliance has developed the Silica Control Tool as a resource for the construction industry in B.C.
Novemer 21, 2017 - CEMEX USA hosted dozens of aggregates industry experts Thursday at our Balcones Quarry in New Braunfels, Texas, to help highlight best practices to improve process efficiency as part of the annual Quarry Academy educational seminar presented by Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology and Dyno Nobel.
November 20, 2017 - Historically, portable wash plants have been limited with regards to their productive capacity simply due to the constraints associated with keeping them road portable. BURNCO Rock Products Ltd. understood this better than most, so when it came time to replace an aging stationary plant with a completely road portable plant, the challenge seemed insurmountable.
November 20, 2017 - A new Memorandum of Understanding co-signed by EMBL and HeidelbergCement aims to encourage beneficial knowledge exchange in areas related to CO2 emission reduction, avoidance and recovery, as well as driving innovation.
November 14, 2017 — CEMEX USA announced that Lytle Creek Quarry near Rialto, Calif., received the prestigious 2017 California Construction and Industrial Materials Association (CalCIMA) Excellence in Safety Award in the Large Aggregates category for its attention to safety.
November 14, 2017 - HeidelbergCement announced on Nov. 10 that it has sold 50 per cent of the voting rights in its Georgian business to Cement Invest, an investment company jointly managed and owned by the Georgian Co-Investment Fund (GCF) and Hunnewell Partners (Hunnewell). HeidelbergCement and Cement Invest will jointly control the resulting joint venture. The transaction will contribute in total about € 115 million to the future reduction of net debt of HeidelbergCement.
September 28, 2017 - Ed Sykes started his business with two gas-powered tandems to offer hauling services for aggregate and farming operations in the Chatham-Kent, Ont. area in the early 1970s. Now, more than 40 years later under his son Don’s management, Sykes Trucking Ltd. has grown to 16 employees in peak season with nine full-time staff.
September 26, 2017 - The Ontario Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (OSSGA) has released a study on the creation of wetland features at former aggregate pits and quarries within the Greenbelt, Oak Ridges Moraine and the Niagara Escarpment Plan Areas. The study reveals a total of 293 hectares of aquatic habitat features – or the equivalent of 1,849 NHL sized hockey rinks – have been created through the rehabilitation of surrendered aggregate sites.
September 25, 2017 - Many of the roads throughout British Columbia this past year have been abuzz with road construction projects. The heart of the Peace Region in British Columbia is no exception, and when many of the local road builders and residential contractors are in need of asphalt and other aggregates, they turn to Nels Ostero Sand & Gravel in Taylor, B.C. The majority of aggregate produced by the company goes to supplying the areas from Fort St. John to Dawson Creek and the surrounding areas.
September 13, 2017 - The level of danger with conveying equipment can be deceiving because the conveyor doesn’t make a lot of noise and is only moving material from one end to another. However, statistics show that conveying equipment is responsible for more injuries than most all other quarry equipment combined. This is exactly why conveyor guarding is so important.
August 21, 2017 - In a project funded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF, a research group from Leoben investigated how excavation methods for hard rock could be improved by using microwave irradiation so as to make classical mechanical excavation easier and save energy.
August 11, 2017 - With the first ESTMA reporting cycle coming to a close, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) is pleased to announce that, as of August 10, 2017, links to 683 individual, consolidated, and substituted have been published on the NRCan website.

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