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Industrial Minerals Association honors KaMin

KaMin is pleased to announce its Macon plant received the 2019 Safety Achievement Award for the Large Company Category at the annual meeting of the Industrial Minerals Association – North America.  The IMA-NA Safety Achievement Award recognizes the best reportable injury rate for an individual IMA-NA member company by size for the preceding calendar year. In 2019, KaMin employees worked 343,288 hours, with zero injuries for a total injury rate of 0.00 per 200,000 employee work-hours.

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Queenslanders shine in national Women in Resources Awards

Two Queensland women have taken out top honours in the Women in Resources National Awards presented by the Minerals Council of Australia today.

Kathryn Young, Geotechnical Engineer at BHP’s Peak Downs Mine in Moranbah took the Newcrest Exceptional Young Woman in Australian Resources Award for her impressive technical leadership, mentoring and strong advocacy on gender diversity.

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Orica’s FRAGTrack™ wins international Good Design Award

Orica’s innovative fragmentation measurement technology FRAGTrack™ has been awarded a Good Design accolade in the engineering category, for outstanding design and innovation. 

Dating back to 1958, the annual Good Design Awards recognise and celebrate products or services that have shown excellence in design innovation and impact. 

FRAGTrack™, Orica’s automated fragmentation measurement device, accurately and reliably measures rock size and fragmentation following the blasting stage in mining and quarrying. For these sites, optimal fragmentation can greatly reduce energy consumption, improve equipment productivity, and increase production rates – and removes the need for manual sampling to keep team members safe.  

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Webuild’s Mobilinx Consortium wins Award for Hurontario Project in Canada

Webuild, formerly Salini Impregilo, and its partners in the Mobilinx consortium have won the “Proximo North America Rail Deal of the Year 2019” for the most innovative project financing transaction in the case of the €917-million (about CAN$1.3-billion) construction of Metrolinx’s Hurontario light rail transit line near Toronto, Canada. Astaldi, which is becoming part of Webuild under Progetto Italia (Project Italy) to consolidate Italy’s fragmented construction sector, was part of the consortium when the project was awarded in October 2019.

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Celebrating International Women in Engineering Day 2020

International Women in Engineering day is celebrated each year to recognize the valuable contribution of women in the engineering field and to encourage more young women to consider careers in engineering. Despite some progress in recent years, women still make up only a fraction of the engineers around the globe. For instance, women make up just 12% of engineers in the UK and 13% in the United States.

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EGEC: Carbfix and Eavor Geothermal Innovators of the Year

This year the Ruggero Bertani European Geothermal Innovation Award 2020 was earned by the Icelandic Carbfix project and German company Eavor on equal merit.

The Carbfix process captures CO2 and other sour gases from emission sources, transforming them into rocks underground in less than two years. This overturns the common view that mineral storage in Carbon Capture & Storage projects takes hundreds to thousands of years. Carbfix has global scaling potential in and beyond the geothermal industry for decarbonising the economy.

Eavor’s innovation is a novel and scalable closed-loop geothermal system of several deep horizontal wells connected to vertical wells. This overcomes the limitation of deep geothermal systems, which normally rely on vertical single wells only. By running on thermosiphon, it also enables the geothermal industry to offer both a baseload and dispatchable energy source.

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Malaysian Contractor wins another Big at International Tunnelling

 

The Autonomous Tunnel Boring Machine (A-TBM), developed in-house by MMC Gamuda KVMRT (T) Sdn. Bhd, has won the Technical Product/Equipment Innovation of the Year award at the 2019 International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association (ITA) Tunnelling Awards night. The event was held on 18th November 2019 night at the 8th Annual Cutting-Edge Conference at Miami, Florida, where tunnelling experts and fraternities gathered to recognise and celebrate the best and latest in tunnelling achievements.

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Kent von Maubeuge honored with Top Annual Award from ASTM International Geosynthetics Committee

ASTM International’s committee on geosynthetics (D35) presented its top annual award – the Award of Merit – to Kent P. von Maubeuge, director of corporate identity and corporate communication and senior product manager with Naue GmbH & Co. KG in Espelkamp, Germany. The prestigious award, which includes the accompanying title of fellow, is ASTM’s highest recognition for individual contributions to developing standards.

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