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IQSA Conference 2017 aggregates industry, he also believes that the event provides industry players with an invaluable networking opportunity. “Not only do you get to meet industry peers and key role players, the platform provide s insights into new developments,” he says. “It was definitely worth investing my time. The process talks are always of interest, and I was particularly interested in the screening technology paper, as well as the sand wash solutions paper.” Looking at potential future trends in the South African quarrying industry, Singleton points to environmental pressures in terms of legislation and compliance, together with the management of slimes dams, as areas that are going to be of increasing importance in future. Andrew Gutherless, director and Africa sales manager of Ronin Inventory Management Solutions, was particularly interested in the new types of technologies used for inventory management systems as well as increasing productivity and maximising turnaround cycles. As another returning conference exhibitor, Gutherless notes attendees’ interest in what Ronin can offer the quarrying industry. In terms of trends to watch, Gutherless says, “I think the current trends within the quarrying industry will focus on pedestrian detection systems due to the incoming DMR legislation, as well as accurate volumetric control, both prior to and post plant throughput.” Nico van Rooyen from DC Geomatics explains that the company decided to attend the conference for the networking opportunities and to highlight the possibilities of using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) – or drones – in the mining environment. “We offer total aerial surveying services, including stockpile surveys, slope monitoring/ detection and topographic surveys to the mining sector in sub-Saharan Africa.” n Sponsorship and support All-in-all, the conference gave industry members, suppliers and relevant parties with a chance to connect, catch up and learn with and from each other. These learning and networking possibilities would not have been possible without the event’s sponsors: • Lafarge • Weir Minerals Africa • Blasting and Excavating • PPC • Blurock Quarry • Afrisam • Midmar Crushers • Malleo Equipment • Laduma Blasting • Caldas Engineering • Brauteseth Blasting • Atlas Copco • African Drill and Blast • Raubex sponsored the delegates’ jackets • AEL Mining Services sponsored the Thursday evening function QUARRY SA | JULY 2017 _ 13