Quarry and Concrete 2017

10th – 11th May, 2017
Perth, Australia

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“Outlook on Quarry and Concrete Industry of Australia”

The Australian construction outlook following a predicted boost of 4.7% in the value of upcoming construction projects seems to be very promising.

Private sector projects are forecast to recover from the current sink and grow by 4.3% in the period of 2016–17 primarily due to construction in the residential and non-residential sectors.

With a number of road and rail projects in the pipeline, bright prospects for construction are anticipated in the infrastructure sector during 2016–17.

 

About the Event

The construction industry of Australia is expected to grow persistently in the coming years. Expansion of quarrying operations, including identification of better technologies, enhancement of the present facilities, and optimum utilization of these current facilities and equipment can be quite promising for the economy to revive its failing presence. A recent study conducted by the Australian Industry Group along withthe Australian Constructors Association has envisaged that commercial projects are expected to expand 3.2 % over the period of 2015–16. Construction of offices, retail stores, and recreational facilities come under the commercial sector. There is an upsurge in the demand for better mechanization of facilities which typically include improved devices and tools for excavation, screening and monitoring that not only bring about efficiency but also lower the stakes for contamination and hazards to biodiversity.

According to the experts,the reason for hindered growth is ineffective loading and weighing devices, which fail to provide adequate monitoring during the processes. The solution to the problem lies in employing innovative practices and procedures for extraction, processing, monitoring, and transportation of resources by way of extensive drivetrain knowledge, online monitoring, and artificial intelligence. The conference to be held in Perth, Australia scheduled on 10–11 May, 2017, will focus on the recent trends of the quarry and concrete industry of Australia.

The implications of the Construction phase and the hazards to Biodiversity due to material processing will be stressed upon. Furthermore, the challenges towards safety of workers and optimum utilization of equipment including the need for advancement of machinery will be raised. The Australian Market for quarry products in the overseas will be the predominant point of discussion. Australia currently exports aggregates and other mineral resources to China, India, Japan, New Zealand, Indonesia, and Philippines and is meeting the demands of infrastructure development there.

Future markets and economic fronts of the Australian quarry and concrete industry will be the highlighted. The discussion would be an indispensable tool for the industrialists and experts who want to apprehend the gamut of possibilities awaiting Australia and will ultimately lead to its growth.

The conference—Quarry and Concrete Australia 2017, aims to bring together the industry leaders, managers, and experts to apprehend the prospects of the unbound opportunities awaiting the quarry and concrete industry. The eminent speakers and industry experts will provide an overview and a glimpse into the future of the quarry and concrete sector and what possibilities it would bring to the stakeholders of this industry.

 
KEY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Comprehend the Future Prospects of the Australian Quarry Industry
  • Looking into the Future for Recycling and Disposal of Extractive Waste: Extrapolate Geotechnical Solutions for the Quarry Waste Management
  • Apprehend Technical Advancement Taking Place in Quarrying and Gravel Processing
  • Understanding Safety Challenges and the Best Possible Techniques to Perform Successful Drill and Blast Session in Quarrying to Reduce the Processing Costs and Achieve Higher Levels of Productivity
  • Learn How Quarry and Mining Industry Creates Employment in Australia
  • Health and Safety at Work Act—Overview of the Legislation in New Zealand and the guidelines for Mining and Quarry
  • Drone Technology—Overview of the Emerging Safety and Monitoring Technology in Australia and South Africa
  • Dust Management—Finding Innovative Ways for Dust Control in Quarrying
  • Restoring Disused Quarry Sites into Recreation Spots for Rock Climbing
  • Outlook—Quarry and Concrete industry of New Zealand
  • Export Market—Demand for Australian Quarry and Concrete Products 2020
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KEEPING UP WITH THE INDUSTRY’S VIEWS

Robotics—Changing the Scenario of Quarry Engineering

 Posted on: 22 February 2017

Robotics in the mining and quarrying industry are on the course of deployment and acceptability. Devices powered by artificial intelligence can perform a range of tasks including drilling, blasting, loading, hauling, bolting mine roofs as well as ore sampling and rescuing trapped miners. Automated and remote drilling solutions can ensure safety of workers and improve efficiency during surface drilling operations. A tele-operated drilling system comprises of an easily installable operator station on a range of mobile platforms connected to the drilling rig wireless network.

The technology allows the operator to perform drilling from a remote location without entering the dangerous zones. The real time video and data communication including all drilling controls and equipment status are displayed continuously on a graphical screen installed at the operator centre with the use of remote-controlled camera for drilling, rod-handling and tramming controls transmitting real-time images. Source

Keeping in view the various forms of automated and remote technologies aiding drilling, blasting and maintenance operations, Quarry and Concrete 2017, scheduled 10-11 May, in Perth, Australia—will bring in focus the myriad advancements and the headwinds facing the quarry and mining industry. To add to the pool of learning, Co-CEO of Propeller Aero, will be sharing the insights about the recent developments in the technology and ways for its optimum utilization.

To find more about Quarry and Concrete 2017: click here.

To reserve your spot for Quarry and Concrete 2017: click here.

Australia—The Growing Hub of Construction Industry

 

The quarry and concrete products are the building blocks of the Australian construction industry, as well as of the entire world. Every year over 150 tons of quarry aggregates are used for building houses, offices, retail stores, and the infrastructure amenities. The Housing Industry Association has indicated that as of now the Queensland residential project approvals have been the highest in last twenty-one years and new projects are still on the way. According to Australian Performance of Construction Index, construction employment also grew 1.3 points to reach 51.4 points. A result above 50 points is definitely a sign of expansion. Quarry aggregates facilitate the generation of over AUD160 billion revenue every year, and also ensures employment for more than one million Australians. As a fact, the quarry industry provides 10,000 jobs directly, whereas creates over 80,000 jobs indirectly by attracting investments from local communities. Both rural and regional locations benefit from this industry that provides them their daily bread. As per the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the Department of Industry and Science, revenue from minerals and energy exports from quarries have surpassed the $195 billion mark. The demand for energy and minerals will continue to grow in the global industry, which will be significantly enormous by 2020, the future holds remarkable growth for the industry. And of course, construction will never cease, so the mining and construction industry have brighter future prospects. Overall, the outlook seems really encouraging.

“Outlook on Quarry and Concrete Industry of Australia”

The Australian construction outlook following a predicted boost of 4.7% in the value of upcoming construction projects seems to be very promising.

Private sector projects are forecast to recover from the current sink and grow by 4.3% in the period of 2016–17 primarily due to construction in the residential and non-residential sectors.

With a number of road and rail projects in the pipeline, bright prospects for construction are anticipated in the infrastructure sector during 2016–17.

CONFERENCE AGENDA*
QUARRY AND CONCRETE
10–11 May 2017
Perth, Australia
Day 1: May 10, 2017
 
8.30 AM REGISTRATION & COFFEE
09.00 AM CHAIRMAN’S WELCOME REMARKS
 
Comprehend Future Prospects of the Australian Quarry Industry

 

The Australian Bureau of Statistics reveals evidence of expansion of the residential and non-residential sectors, showing a rise of 13.8% in a year (from 2014 to 2015). The Australian government further plans to construct railway tracks and upgrade the transport system infrastructure. Thus, prospects of advancement in the construction industry look promising.

 
Quarry and Concrete: An Overview of the Flourishing Construction and Infrastructure Development in Australia

 

Australia’s construction sector has entered the growth phase with the Performance of Construction Index going from 5.1 to 51.8 points. The value of residential projects is expected to go up from $51 billion (in 2013–14) to $68 billion (in 2016-17). Whereas, the non-residential projects are also increasing at a rate of 0.3% quarterly and 4.4% annually. Thus, it is evident that the Australian construction industry will prosper in the coming years.

10.30 AM MORNING NETWORKING BREAK & COFFEE
 
Concrete Technology and Shotcrete: Apprehending the Benefits

 

 

  Presenter:
 

Des Vlietstra
Gdip Mining
MAusIMM

&
Technical Consultant
Elasto Plastic Concrete


 
Concrete Maturity—Apprehending the Budding Technology Promoting Efficiency, Reliability and Sustainability

 

  Presenter:
 

Mark Mackenzie
Managing Director
HM Technologies Pty Ltd





 
Drone Technology—Overview of the Emerging Safety and Monitoring Technology in Australia

 

The drone technology is apt for exploring new means of delivering data, measuring stockpile inventories, and monitoring geotechnical situations where physically putting people is not only impossible but also dangerous. The perks with the drone technology are: it can map and access steep inclines; collate optimised blast designs; administer security risks; and record evidences and monitor surface stability from a remote location.

 

  Presenter:
  Francis Vierboom
Co-CEO
Propeller Aero




12.20 PM NETWORKING LUNCH
 
Surface Excavation—Assimilating the Benefits of an Alternative Over Drilling and Blasting

 

Due to environmental and safety considerations, there has been a significant shift in the mining and quarry industry. The Australian Government is moving towards stringent laws and regulations in drilling and blasting practices. As a result, people are turning to Surface Excavation of aggregates and other resources. The advantages of this technology are numerous. Compared to drilling and blasting, it produces lower noise, dust and vibration and cuts more precisely giving a consistent particle size. Moreover, it can also be used for site preparation and haul road construction and maintenance as well.

  Presenters:
  Ross Carter
Business Improvements Application Specialist
Tailored Service Solutions
  AFTERNOON NETWORKING BREAK & COFFEE
 
Looking into the Future of Quarry Haulage through Introduction of Driverless Trucks

 

With the advent of automation in mining and quarrying, we are looking forward to autonomous haulage systems being deployed. It is widely accepted that these systems bring about better safety and control in the haulage operations by eliminating the need for direct operation. Further, the technology would improve productivity, opportunities for future employment and also, reducing the labour intensity for coming mining and quarrying operations in the future.

  Presenters:
  Dr. Carla Boehl
Senior Lecturer
Curtin University
 
Identify Innovation and Artificial Intelligence for Remote Drilling and Extraction

 

The oil and gas sector have already been utilising the artificial intelligence and robotics technology for drilling and extraction. Many improvements have been made to reduce costs and improve productivity using better innovative technologies. These technologies will soon enter the mining and quarrying industry, where it holds huge potential. Robots are much more consistent, cost economical for repetitive task, and can perform under hazardous conditions which can pose to be dangerous for humans.

4.40 PM Q & A
5.00 PM End of Day 1
 
Day 2: May 11, 2017
 
9.00 AM CHAIRMAN’S WELCOME REMARKS
 
Dust Management—Finding Innovative Ways for Controlling Dust in Quarrying

 

Some of the new practices used to prevent dust from becoming an airborne include water spraying, hydro-seeding, tillage, polymers, dust suppression, and de-watering of tailings. Moreover, dust control during sand and gravel processing can be done effectively with innovative technologies of dust filtering. Application of these dust control practices can go a long way in promoting safe environment for workers.

  Presenter:
  John Visser
Dust Mitigation Specialist Engineer
AMIRA International
 
Improving Workability and Durability of Concrete with General Blend Cement
 10.30 AM MORNING NETWORKING BREAK & COFFEE
 
Cone Crushers – Apprehending the Revolution in Stone Crushing Industry


Owing to the advancements taking place in quarry engineering, innovative crushing technologies are emerging. One such flourishing technology is Cone Crushing which is a highly stabilized form of crushing. A cone crusher has an increased crushing ratio due to its high turning speed and stroke, compared to other forms of equipment and can crush material of any specifications. Further, it provides lower power consumption and maintenance costs.

  Presenter:
  Adam Gordon
Account Manager
Astec Australia
 
Telematics: Exploring Possibilities for Heavy Vehicles and Machinery in Quarries

 

  Presenter:
 

Paul Corkill
General Manager Operations
Transport Certification Australia





 1.00 PM Q & A
 1.30 PM NETWORKING LUNCH
 2.30 PM End of Conference

*Agenda content and timeline subject to change.

KEEPING UP WITH THE INDUSTRY’S VIEWS

Robotics—Changing the Scenario of Quarry Engineering

 Posted on: 22 February 2017

Robotics in the mining and quarrying industry are on the course of deployment and acceptability. Devices powered by artificial intelligence can perform a range of tasks including drilling, blasting, loading, hauling, bolting mine roofs as well as ore sampling and rescuing trapped miners. Automated and remote drilling solutions can ensure safety of workers and improve efficiency during surface drilling operations. A tele-operated drilling system comprises of an easily installable operator station on a range of mobile platforms connected to the drilling rig wireless network.

The technology allows the operator to perform drilling from a remote location without entering the dangerous zones. The real time video and data communication including all drilling controls and equipment status are displayed continuously on a graphical screen installed at the operator centre with the use of remote-controlled camera for drilling, rod-handling and tramming controls transmitting real-time images. Source

Keeping in view the various forms of automated and remote technologies aiding drilling, blasting and maintenance operations, Quarry and Concrete 2017, scheduled 10-11 May, in Perth, Australia—will bring in focus the myriad advancements and the headwinds facing the quarry and mining industry. To add to the pool of learning, Co-CEO of Propeller Aero, will be sharing the insights about the recent developments in the technology and ways for its optimum utilization.

To find more about Quarry and Concrete 2017: click here.

To reserve your spot for Quarry and Concrete 2017: click here.

Australia—The Growing Hub of Construction Industry

 

The quarry and concrete products are the building blocks of the Australian construction industry, as well as of the entire world. Every year over 150 tons of quarry aggregates are used for building houses, offices, retail stores, and the infrastructure amenities. The Housing Industry Association has indicated that as of now the Queensland residential project approvals have been the highest in last twenty-one years and new projects are still on the way. According to Australian Performance of Construction Index, construction employment also grew 1.3 points to reach 51.4 points. A result above 50 points is definitely a sign of expansion. Quarry aggregates facilitate the generation of over AUD160 billion revenue every year, and also ensures employment for more than one million Australians. As a fact, the quarry industry provides 10,000 jobs directly, whereas creates over 80,000 jobs indirectly by attracting investments from local communities. Both rural and regional locations benefit from this industry that provides them their daily bread. As per the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the Department of Industry and Science, revenue from minerals and energy exports from quarries have surpassed the $195 billion mark. The demand for energy and minerals will continue to grow in the global industry, which will be significantly enormous by 2020, the future holds remarkable growth for the industry. And of course, construction will never cease, so the mining and construction industry have brighter future prospects. Overall, the outlook seems really encouraging.

   

Ross Carter
Business Improvements Application Specialist,
Tailored Service Solutions

Ross Carter has currently established a Consultancy, Tailored Service Solutions (TSS). The main focus of TSS is Business Improvements Application. He works with Clients from the Mining & Quarry sectors, to reduce the stress, delays and cost over runs normally associated with new products, business expansion and new clients.

He was earlier associated with Wirtgen Australia as an Applications Engineer (Surface Mining). The he worked in Business development and the key achievement was working with a SEQ Coal mine to fully integrate a SM4200 into the mines operations, successfully replacing the previous process of rip / stack of coal and partings.

From 2001–2013, Ross was Employed in Operational and Engineering roles with a number of Open Cut Mining contractors (Golding, Watpac, Macmahons, Downer) on Mining Services Contracts in the Hunter Valley and Pre-strip mining contracts in Central Qld. In 1989–2001, he was employed with Dyno Nobel and managed the technical, Operational and Business roles across all states of Australia. From the period 1985 – 1989 he was associated with mining and supervisory roles in a number of open cut and underground coal mines.

 

Pieter Prinsloo
Business Development Manager, Mine Automation
Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology

Pieter Prinsloo is currently working as Business Development Manager, Mine Automation, at Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology. He was previously employed as Business Support Engineer for Sandvik Southern Africa, responsible for Managing the implementation of a fully Autonomous truck Fleet at Finsch Mine South Africa and providing Technical Sales Support during 2005–2007. He has also worked as Product Line Manager for Mine Automation Systems Australia during the period of 2009–2011. In his present job role he is responsible for Automation Sales Support, Technical Support and Competence Development, Commercial Management of Automation Business region Australia and PAC.

 

Paul Corkill
General Manager Operations
Transport Certification Australia

Paul joined TCA in 2015. Paul is responsible for managing TCA’s operational obligations for the Intelligent Access Program, the Interim On-Board Mass solution and administration of the National Telematics Data Clearing House. Prior to joining TCA, Paul has successfully led the development and administration of a range of licensing and certification schemes through his experience in regulation of the Maritime and Taxi sectors.

 

Des Vlietstra
Gdip Mining
MAusIMM
&
Technical Consultant
Elasto Plastic Concrete

Des has over 35 years’ experience in the mining industry in both South Africa and Australia his earlier experience was as a Production Shift Boss, Geotechnical Engineering and Rock Engineering Research Technician, The Last 16 years being devoted to shotcrete. He has a Gdip mining from the Western Australia School of mines, and The Chamber of Mines certificate in Rock Mechanics, Des is also an EFNARC Shotcrete Nozzleman Examiner and is currently completing his MSc(Eng) in Advanced Concrete Technology at the University of Leeds. Des is currently employed at Elasto Plastic Concrete.

 

Adam Gordon
Aggregate & Mining Manager,
Astec Australia

Adam has been in the Construction Materials Industry for well over thirty years, working in various senior management positions during this time. Adam’s past experience includes Crushing & Screening Plant Constructions, Turn Key Project Management, Quarry Manager and as a National Production Manager. Adam is a Regional Account Manager for Astec Australia looking after Western Australia, South Australia, and Victoria, and has an Advanced Certificate in Extractive Industries and had been a Quarry Manager for over fourteen years. Through Adam’s career he has successfully optimised plant production and efficiency through his extensive Operational and Technical knowledge, with a willingness to explore new technologies and uses his knowledge and expertise for the benefit of our industry.

Dr Carla Boehl

Senior Lecturer,
Curtin University, Perth

Dr Boehl is Senior Lecturer and Researcher at Curtin’s WA School of Mines and Member of the Mining & Mineral Processing Committee of Engineers Australia WA. She is presently Course Leader of Asset Management and Services Management of Mining Education Australia (MEA), a unique collaborative venture delivering over 85% of Australia’s mining engineering graduates.

Her career spans 17 years within the management consultancy, utilities and mining industries, initially as a civil engineer, then research analyst, asset management engineer and lastly automation and innovation researcher. She received the 2015 Academic Year – ‘Excellence in Teaching Award Honourable Mention’ from Curtin University’s Student Guild. She currently supervises 7 PhD students: 1 MSc student and 7 final year students. Her current research interests include strategic engineering asset management, mine maintenance and automation.

Francis Vierboom
Co-CEO,
Propeller Aero

As the co-founder and co-CEO of Propeller Aero, Francis Vierboom has been at the forefront of developing the commercial drone industry. Identifying the opportunity for industries like resources and construction to have collaborative access to quality site data, Francis and his co-founder Rory have built Propeller Aero into an Australian Drone Tech success story with more than 20 employees and thousands of customers in over 70 countries.

Francis has been hands-on with drone technology since joining the founding team of drone delivery service Flirtey. Prior to this, Francis had extensive experience in enterprise security and integration, leading complex identity projects at a number of telco, finance and government organisations in Australia and Asia. Francis also spent a year in Mongolia assisting an NGO develop into a sustainable self-funded organisation.

Francis studied at the University of Technology, Sydney, where he attained Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Science (IT) degrees.

Mark Mackenzie
Managing Director,

HM Technologies Pty Ltd

Mark is a Civil Engineer with a Diploma in Advance Concrete Technology he has a strong concrete and aggregate technical background; with more than 27 years’ experience in the construction and construction materials industries. The bulk of his career has been in senior leadership roles in large multinational corporations driving innovative thinking with a passion for improving quality and process.

Mark started his career as a Contracts Manager in South Africa, before moving into the construction materials supply industry working for Holcim South Africa and later with Hanson Construction materials where he specialised in providing Technical Services to the Concrete and Aggregate areas of the business.

Mark and Richard Hutt jointly established HM Technologies a specialist construction equipment solutions company in 2006.

John Visser
Principal Engineer,
Johen Consulting

John is a 5th generation African, born in Johannesburg South Africa.

John graduated from The University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg) with a BSc Engineering degree in extractive metallurgy in 1984. He completed his Master of Business Leadership from the University of South Africa in 1989.

John brought his family to Australia in 2003 and lives in Perth with his wife Susan.

He has worked in the ferrous metals industry most of his working life but has dabbled in gold, mineral sands, coal and diamonds and short term reinsurance as well.

John’s interest in managing dust grew from his first job at a ferromanganese smelter and this interest has grown with time, driven by his passion for reducing site dust emissions.

Apart from his family and Christian beliefs, John’s hobbies are water skiing, SCUBA, snorkelling and gym.

John has worked for Samancor Ltd, Rand Steel Technology, Mineral Deposits, Debex Electronics, Hollandia Reinsurance, Anglovaal Mining, GRD Minproc and Rio Tinto.

KEEPING UP WITH THE INDUSTRY’S VIEWS

Robotics—Changing the Scenario of Quarry Engineering

 Posted on: 22 February 2017

Robotics in the mining and quarrying industry are on the course of deployment and acceptability. Devices powered by artificial intelligence can perform a range of tasks including drilling, blasting, loading, hauling, bolting mine roofs as well as ore sampling and rescuing trapped miners. Automated and remote drilling solutions can ensure safety of workers and improve efficiency during surface drilling operations. A tele-operated drilling system comprises of an easily installable operator station on a range of mobile platforms connected to the drilling rig wireless network.

The technology allows the operator to perform drilling from a remote location without entering the dangerous zones. The real time video and data communication including all drilling controls and equipment status are displayed continuously on a graphical screen installed at the operator centre with the use of remote-controlled camera for drilling, rod-handling and tramming controls transmitting real-time images. Source

Keeping in view the various forms of automated and remote technologies aiding drilling, blasting and maintenance operations, Quarry and Concrete 2017, scheduled 10-11 May, in Perth, Australia—will bring in focus the myriad advancements and the headwinds facing the quarry and mining industry. To add to the pool of learning, Co-CEO of Propeller Aero, will be sharing the insights about the recent developments in the technology and ways for its optimum utilization.

To find more about Quarry and Concrete 2017: click here.

To reserve your spot for Quarry and Concrete 2017: click here.

Australia—The Growing Hub of Construction Industry

 

The quarry and concrete products are the building blocks of the Australian construction industry, as well as of the entire world. Every year over 150 tons of quarry aggregates are used for building houses, offices, retail stores, and the infrastructure amenities. The Housing Industry Association has indicated that as of now the Queensland residential project approvals have been the highest in last twenty-one years and new projects are still on the way. According to Australian Performance of Construction Index, construction employment also grew 1.3 points to reach 51.4 points. A result above 50 points is definitely a sign of expansion. Quarry aggregates facilitate the generation of over AUD160 billion revenue every year, and also ensures employment for more than one million Australians. As a fact, the quarry industry provides 10,000 jobs directly, whereas creates over 80,000 jobs indirectly by attracting investments from local communities. Both rural and regional locations benefit from this industry that provides them their daily bread. As per the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the Department of Industry and Science, revenue from minerals and energy exports from quarries have surpassed the $195 billion mark. The demand for energy and minerals will continue to grow in the global industry, which will be significantly enormous by 2020, the future holds remarkable growth for the industry. And of course, construction will never cease, so the mining and construction industry have brighter future prospects. Overall, the outlook seems really encouraging.

 
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