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Dyno Nobel, Sandvik Hold Quarry Academy

Dyno Nobel and Sandvik Construction, a business area within the Sandvik Group, once again teamed up to put on the 9th annual Quarry Academy. The three-day event took place Nov. 18–20, in San Antonio.QuarryAcademy2014-400

Demand for the academy surpassed any previous year with classes filling up in just a few weeks of registration, according to Sandvik. Those who were able to attend experienced another highly successful event.

More than 125 people participated in workshops to learn the latest developments in quarrying, safety, lean processes and total value in cost reduction and economic sustainability.

The event included a tour of the CEMEX Balcones Quarry, the biggest quarry in the US (according to USGS data). The tour included a visit to the water treatment plant, an electronic initiation system demonstration, a production blast, seismic and post blast overview and ended with a field survey control including instruments, tools and methods.

The workshops were conducted by experts in the industry from both Dyno Nobel and Sandvik Construction. They covered:

  • Lean Processes.
  • Drilling.
  • Blasting.
  • Fines and Boulder Management.
  • Loading and Hauling. 
  • Fleet Management.
  • Crushing and Screening.
  • The Quarrying Process.
  • Quarry Management.
  • Unit Operation Efficiency.

The ultimate goal of Quarry Academy is to establish the production of aggregates in an efficient manner – providing the highest level of productivity at the lowest levels of overall operational costs, the companies said.

In addition to the workshops and quarry tour, the academy also included expert speaker Corrie Pitzer. Corrie is a specialist in behavioral safety and strategic safety management. His presentation on “From Deep Lead to Deep Safe…where few have gone before” touched on the importance of safety in the work environment and how to make safety personal.