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Industry News Quarry Academy is an Enormous Success Salt Lake City, Utah, USA – Sandvik Construction and Dyno Nobel held another highly successful Quarry Academy in San Antonio, Tex., Nov. 13 – 15. Nearly 100 people participated, all eager to hear about the very latest developments in quarrying, participate in workshops, listen to guest speakers, and find out how they could improve their processes through instilled expertise. The Quarry Academy was developed in order to provide information to the quarrying professional concerning improving the total value chain in quarry operations. This continues the Sandvik / Dyno Nobel operational focus of working with quarrying companies to help ensure that world class knowledge is made available, applies the right products / equipment for the right application, all with the features that provide the highest levels of productivity, but the lowest levels of overall operational cost. The latest Quarry Academy was held at both the Omni La Mansion del Rio Hotel and at Martin Marietta’s Beckman quarry. Participants were from differing backgrounds - including global professionals, large scale and small scale quarrying operations, distributors and sales professionals, all to learn about the very latest in quarrying, lean processes and safety. The Quarry Academy program was conducted by Sandvik Construction and Dyno Nobel, specialists possessing expert knowledge, as well as guest speakers from Volvo, Friedman and South West Research, with all topics being guided by the principle - “Improving processes. Instilling expertise.” In order to provide integrated coverage, the Quarry Academy program is comprised of two sections, with an initial lecture being given on the concept of the quarrying processes examined. Topics included lean processes, drilling, blasting, fines and boulder man- 18 agement, load and haul, fleet and transportation, crushing and screening, the quarrying process, quarry management, and unit operation efficiency. The second component of the program consists of in-depth workshop sessions where the faculty experts discuss specific process improvements in smaller, highly interactive groups.To further enlighten and enhance learning, Quarry Academy also includes a site visit. In addition to a formal program of events and seminars, a special guest speaker, former astronaut Mike Mullane, shared his insights, specifically with regard to operational safety. Mike’s “Countdown to Safety” presentation delivered a powerful message centered on the individual’s role in keeping themselves and their teams safe in hazardous environments. Mike’s talk proved to be inspirational and set the focus for the final day of the program as well as providing the audience with a unique perspective on both space travel and safe operations. Former astronaut, Mike Mullane. The Journal of Explosives Engineers Lancer Again Named to Ward’s Top 50 Dallas, Tex., USA – Nobel Insurance Services, a division of the Lancer Insurance Company, is proud to announce that for the second consecutive year, Lancer has been named to Ward’s Top 50 performing companies in the U.S. property casualty insurance industry. The award for the 2011 calendar year’s performance follows Lancer’s 2010 award recognizing its superior performance that year. In making the announcement on July 17,Ward Group Partner Jeff Rieder noted that the 50 companies selected distinguished themselves from the more than 3,000 companies analyzed by collectively demonstrating the ability to thrive in challenging economic times. The companies selected for the prestigious honor represent slightly over 1% of all companies analyzed by the Ward Group. The Ward Group is the leading provider of benchmarking and best practices research studies for insurance companies.The firm analyzes staff levels, business practices and expenses for all areas of insurance company operations to help companies measure results and optimize performance. “In selecting the Ward’s 50, we identify companies that pass financial stability requirements and measure their ability to grow while maintaining strong capital positions and underwriting results over a 5-year period,” explained Mr. Rieder. In accepting the prestigious designation from the Ward Group for the second straight year, Lancer’s President Dave Delaney said he was most pleased that Ward recognized Lancer for achieving outstanding financial results in the areas of safety, consistency and performance over a 5-year period (2007 – 2011) that presented unprecedented challenges. He credited Lancer’s management and staff for achieving the Ward’s 50 benchmark to stay profitable and strengthen surplus at a greater rate than the overall property casualty insurance industry. March/April 2013

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Journal of Explosives Engineering - March/April 2013

Call for Papers
From the President
Highlights of the 39th Annual Conference in Fort Worth, Texas
Chapter News
Industry News
Calendar of Events
20th Annual Photo Contest Winners
Explosives, 100 Years Ago, More or Less
Conversion from Two-Pass Overburden Removal to Cast Blasting at Simplot Phosphates

The Journal of Explosives Engineering - March/April 2013