Thursday, February 22, 2018

8:00am to 9:00am
9:00am to 9:25am
A new tool for battling silica dust
The BC Construction Safety Alliance has developed the Silica Control Tool as a resource for the construction industry in B.C. The tool assists employers in conducting appropriate risk assessments and implementing effective controls and safe work practices where RCS dust may be an occupational hazard. Through the compilation of data relating to RCS dust exposures pertaining to various materials, tools and tasks in construction, the tool can predict the expected exposures to workers under similar conditions. Other provinces and safety associations across Canada have already expressed interest in this new tool. Learn all about how it can help protect your workers.

Speakers: Michael McKenna, Executive Director, BCCSA; and Dr. Hugh Davies, UBC Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine, School of Population & Public Health.
9:25am to 9:50am
Autonomous vibration monitoring systems for ensuring compliance with vibration regulations and contract specifications
Autonomous vibration monitoring (AVM) systems leverage modern technologies to ensure vibration data is collected and disseminated in the most efficient and timely manner available. The soft real-time supply of the vibration data keeps project stakeholders informed, ensures engineers and regulators are aware of compliance, and provides site crews with immediate access to vibration data to permit timely changes to operations as necessary. AVM systems have been implemented on construction sites, mines, and quarries where significant benefits have been documents. Various quarry sites will be examined to demonstrate the success, practicality and benefit of AVM systems.

Presenter: Mitch Malcomson, Explotech Engineering
9:50am to 10:15am
Achieving quality drone data in real world scenarios
Drones and drone survey programs are gaining popularity in the quarry, mining and civil construction industries. An unmanned aerial vehicle, or drone, is only one tool in the program. Quality data and an intuitive, accurate and robust processing platform are critical to achieving the desired outcomes. These components are the essential foundation for realizing the expected ROI. Software and hardware solutions alone will not guarantee success. A well-defined change management plan with processes policies and metrics are important factors in the success of a drone surveying program. This presentation will focus on a drone program currently in place with a large North American construction company, including its aggregates operations.

Speaker: Alex Docherty, Channel Lead, Propeller Aero.
10:15am to 10:45am
Networking break
10:45am to 12:00pm
All about crushing

Presentation 1: Using modern design technology to remove common workplace hazards
Crushing is a dangerous business. Every year there are serious accidents on the job site and some are fatal. Nearly all could have been avoided with better safe work practices. Safety is more than a list of instructions or better guards. Safety needs to be a big part the workplace culture – always on everyone’s minds so it's second nature. Safety is also a numbers game. The more risk your workers are exposed to, the greater the probability you or your staff will be hurt. The more nails you need to pound in a day, the better the chances you will hit your thumb!

This presentation will focus on how modern manufacturing and design technology can remove many of the common hazards associated with the crushing and screening processes, and in doing so, improve production, reduce downtime and lower operating costs.

Presenter: Barry Proctor, ELRUS Aggregate Systems

Presentation 2: The sand-less hourglass
A rise in construction and a growing global infrastructure are quickly depleting our earth of its natural sand. Riverbeds and forests are begin destroyed by mining, displacing delicate wildlife and wreaking havoc on surrounding vegetation. The earth needs a new source of sand.

While it’s familiar practice within the mining and quarrying industries to crush aggregate down into sand, the machines available to do this lack efficiency. To further complicate things, there is the fact that producing sand through means of crushing does not produce as desirable a product as its naturally derived counterpart. Fractured face count and geometric shape differ between crushed sand and natural sand, enough to make the later still the preferred choice in building materials.

We refuse to believe that, with today’s technological advancements, our industry innovators are unable to produce an efficient crushing process for sand comparable to that found naturally. The time is now for innovators in the mining and quarrying industries to challenge their ideologies, joining technology and ingenuity to address a pressing need to protect our earth. So far, no such equipment exists. Or does it?
A case study of this new technology in action will be provided.

Presenter: Tomaso Veneroso, CEO, Amcast

Presentation 3: Mobile crushing technologies: Increasing safety and efficiencies
This presentation will focus on basic crushing principles and applications, safety innovations in mobile crushing, and setup and mobilization made safer and faster.

Presenter: Craig Rutherford, Technical Sales Manager, Wirtgen Group
12:00pm to 1:00pm
1:00pm to 1:30pm
Solving real world aggregates production issues with information management software
Attendees will hear a practical guide on using the latest information management software to help aggregate producers address some of the most common process bottlenecks encountered in the production and distribution of construction aggregates. The session will include step-by-step examples of how to monitor equipment and operator performance, accurately track inventory, downtime and delays, and track KPIs across multiple sites. It will then expand to show how periodic reporting can be used to get stakeholder buy in to process improvement actions and provide timely feedback and control on the effectiveness of those actions. A Western Canadian case study will be provided.

Presenter: Joe Steiger, National Accounts Manager, Trimble
1:30pm to 2:00pm
The evolution of portable wash plants
Historically, portable wash plants have been limited with regards to their productive capacity simply due to the constraints associated with keeping them road portable. BURNCO Rock Products Ltd. understood this better than most, so when it came time to replace an aging stationary plant with a completely road portable plant, the challenge seemed insurmountable. This presentation will review the challenges involved and the solutions developed to design and build a highly efficient 500 to 600 mtph road portable wash plant.
Presenter: Jeff Wendte, Sales Director, Kolberg Pioneer Inc. 
2:00pm to 2:30pm
Networking break
2:30pm to 3:00pm
Wash screen optimization: Making water work for you
This presentation will tackle a number of wash screen related topics, including: Why water is important, how much water is required, why water pressure is important, water set-up in the head box, spray bars, and things to look for, such as visual indicators and gradations.

Presenter: Jef McGee, Applications Engineer, Polydeck Screen Corp., Pit or quarry manager (TBA)
3:00pm to 3:30pm
Fines recovery and water management best practices
This presentation will cover how to capture all of the solids that leave a wash plant using fines recovery systems, clarifiers and filter presses to keep saleable product out of your settling ponds all the way to completely eliminating the need for ponds in general. This discussion will be process driven with real examples of applications where fines recovery and water management have completely changed the way wash plants deal with their waste stream.

Presenter: Matt Lear, Regional Sales Manager, McLanahan