30-31 March 2021

New Horizons

Building the Recovery

Industry Spotlight

Tuesday 30 March

As the implications of the coronavirus pandemic have undoubtedly accelerated digital adoption at both organizational and industry levels.


A new virtual world of communication, collaboration and engagement is undeniably exciting, and to accommodate wider demand for participation in the online event, a fifth ‘Industry Spotlight’ stream has been added to the Hillhead Digital conference programme. 

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Zoe Kleinman

The day will be hosted by Zoe Kleinman, a leading technology journalist and presenter with a passion for all things tech and 20 years of broadcasting experience.

From cybersecurity to artificial intelligence, Zoe makes tech news accessible to a mainstream audience of millions across national and international BBC Radio, TV and online outlets, including Radio 4’s Today programme, BBC World TV and the UK’s most-watched news shows.

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Zoe Kleinman

Sessions include

  1. As the construction sector works towards becoming a net-zero-carbon industry, the demand for more environmentally friendly processes and building products that enhance the sustainability of new buildings and infrastructure is increasing. The mineral products industry will play a pivotal role in helping to combat climate change and decarbonizing construction to ensure the UK meets its net-zero target by 2050. Learn about the newest technological advances and product innovations, energy-saving solutions and carbon-reduction programmes to achieve a sustainable future.

  2. Session introduction by Zoe Kleinman
  3. Foundation industries, such as cement, steel and glass are vital to the global economy, producing 75% of all the material in the manufacturing and construction sectors; they are also responsible for 10% of UK emissions and 21% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Foundation industries face a perfect storm of increasing energy costs, investor pressure on ESG, and carbon pricing. But they do not have to choose between profit and sustainability.

    Leveraging world-class expertise from UCL and Cambridge University in artificial intelligence (AI), energy efficiency and industrial processes improvements, Carbon Re is pioneering powerful AI tools to reduce energy costs and carbon emissions, providing strong financial and environmental benefits to manufacturers. Our research-backed software solution has the potential to reduce energy costs by 8% and fuel-derived emissions by 20% in cement production in the UK, with savings of up to 5% of turnover including carbon tax savings. 

  4. Construction, demolition & excavation waste is the highest waste stream in the UK, accounting for over 60% of all waste. While the UK recovers most of this CD&E waste material, in many cases it’s repurposed as low value products. This doesn’t need to be the case. In this session we’ll look at examples of companies in the UK and further afield who are extracting maximum value from CD&E waste by washing the waste to produce high-quality, valuable recycled sand and aggregates products which are being used to create a range of construction materials including ready-mix concrete, concrete blocks, paving and finished asphalt.

  5. The construction industry-backed security marking scheme CESAR has now expanded to support the measurement and auditing of emissions via the machine engine stage and EU type approval number. This will transform and simplify the way local authorities, contractors and site managers share, upload and audit machines planned to go on or already on a construction site. CESAR is powered by Datatag technology and all machine details are stored on a secure database. Checks on this new platform will ensure local authority/site requirements are met in advance of work commencing.  
  6. TCE Transmissions have been working in the aggregates industry for a number of years and have made strides forward in relating our improvements in reliability towards the large producers of construction materials' individual sustainability policies. We have produced studies to show ROI and reliability improvements, plus their effect on reduction in carbon emissions. We also have a low-cost remote monitoring system for relaying 24/7 real-time performance information to engineering staff, to massively assist in ensuring efficiency of power usage.
  7. An overview of the advantages that advanced polyurethane composites can deliver to modern mining and quarrying operations. From reducing the environmental impact by utilising modern polyurethane systems that not only outperform rubber materials but deliver consistent performance over a longer operating period (minimising downtime and associated waste and reject costs). Polyurethane composites can be manufactured from renewable or recycled pre-cursers and without the addition of environmentally damaging process aids prevalent in rubber solutions. We would be delighted to share our ideas with respect to modern materials to provide mining and quarrying operations an edge in improving your carbon footprint. 
  8. Crown HVO is an advanced 100% renewable fuel which is a drop in alternative to regular diesel. It meets the requirements of the Road Transport Fuel Obligation with no FAME included, so avoids the operability issues seen by many diesels and biofuels. This presentation explains more about why HVO is revolutionising the construction sector and how your business could benefit from HVO.  
  9. Break / Explore the exhibition
  10. With many other industries already embracing the digital revolution, now is the time for the mineral extractives sector to realize the full potential of digital and automation technologies. Whether using drones, pioneering 5G machine-control technology or cloud-based remote monitoring systems, digitalization is changing the way people work in the quarrying industry. Explore how digitalization can deliver greater levels of business and operational efficiency, safer working practices and enhanced collaborative working.

  11. Session introduction by Zoe Kleinman
  12. Recent trends in construction automation are explored with reference to the wheel loader Y Cycle - full automation; ‘assistance functions’ for excavators; and Bosch automation solutions for construction machines.
  13. Flannery have been developing a bespoke dashboard with technology partner MachineMax that not only enables a live-consolidated view of clients’ sites or project but combines this data with production management technology. This approach is being trialled on a number of high-profile infrastructure projects and the 'one-source' of data is driving behavioural change, delivering cost savings and allowing clients to take a greener and more sustainable approach to fleet mix.  

  14. Command Alkon are planning for a paperless future and to achieve this milestone they are looking at the foundation that holds the whole industry together, tickets. As an industry we constantly exchange information via pieces of paper, either at the plant or the jobsite, then re-digitalise that paper multiple times over. Please join us to explore a paperless future with digitalisation of the bulk materials industry. 
  15. For many producers in hard rock mining, the horizontal grinding mill is the most critical asset, and unplanned outages have a major impact on uptime and the cost of operations. Increase availability for the mill by reducing the risk of failures and unplanned stops to improve KPIs – extending the mean time between failures is a sure way to reduce the cost per ton. Now, through SKF’s new pay-for-performance business model, you can achieve this on the operating budget rather than the capital investment budget.  
  16. All mining and quarry activities have a rather large environmental impact and are subject to large or small environmental permits. Managing all the environmental data that is required by the permit is a huge task in itself. Add the complexity of the compliance requirements and reporting and you are in for a headache to say the least. Global mining companies have found a way to make this more effective, through a smart IT solution. Don't get tangled up in spread sheets, join the digital future.
  17. Break / Explore the exhibition
  18. Health and safety at work is everyone’s responsibility. This session looks at solutions being provided for four common hazards facing the aggregates and construction industry; managing working at height; exposure to high levels of noise; navigating the risks of moving vehicles and machinery; and overcoming the hidden dangers of silo powder deliveries.

  19. Session introduction by Zoe Kleinman
  20. Managing working at height is a major safety challenge for many businesses found within the aggregates sector. Individuals are exposed to risks when undertaking routine activities such as loading, inspection and maintenance of silos and other processing machinery, sampling, access and egress from mobile plants, access ladders, inspecting conveyors and undertaking a wide range of maintenance tasks. Any of these tasks could lead to a serious, life-threatening injury, if the wrong equipment and working methods are selected. The launch of the ‘Fatal 6’ has been a primary driver towards improving health and safety across the mineral products industry. ‘Fatal 6 No.3’ relates to Work at Height, which is tragically responsible for 17% of workplace related fatalities within the sector. In this session, MSA – a globally acknowledged leader in safety – will introduce their 360º approach to fall protection. Join us to review typical applications found in quarries, mines and processing facilities, and the individual solutions that can assist in working safely to Fatal 6 guidance. We’ll also cover several different innovations that can assist you in implementing a safe system of work, covering everything related to working at height, from PPE to anchorage methods. 
  21. Just 50 minutes spent in the cab of a quarry dumptruck without protection is enough to cause permanent hearing damage. Just five minutes in a cement plant without effective protection would expose you to more noise than you are supposed to absorb in an entire day. With noise levels like these it is no wonder that there is an epidemic of occupational deafness amongst operatives in the quarrying and construction sectors. This is not hyperbole: high-quality academic studies suggest that 1 in 4 workers in noise has a material hearing impairment, and nearly 1 in 10 has tinnitus. And hazardous noise isn’t just bad for operatives’ hearing - it attacks the cardiovascular system and puts them at much higher risk of developing dementia. And yet - hearing protection wear rates are in the region of just 20-30%. Something has got to change. In this presentation, clinical audiologist Dr David Greenberg will outline the scale of the problem and the health impacts of hazardous noise, look at the root causes of the hearing loss epidemic and, most importantly of all, explain what quarrying and construction companies need to do to get to grips with the problem and protect their staff.
  22. Vehicle and machine safety specifications have grown in popularity for both on and off-road applications over the last decade. Examples include HS2, FORS, CLOCS, the mandatory Direct Vision Standard for vehicles driving into Greater London and Van Excellence. Operators often find it difficult to understand the multitude of specifications for different vehicle types and site-specific requirements. As a market leader in vehicle safety devices, with solutions to suit all vehicles and mobile plant, Brigade’s wealth of experience has gained them a reputation for expertise and a knowledge of the problems their customers face. Brigade can help operators navigate their way through these specifications, recommending a combination of active and passive systems designed to reduce the risk of collisions, protect workers, pedestrians and cyclists, and assist the driver by minimising vehicle blind-spots, whilst also meeting specification requirements.  
  23. The industry is committed to improving practice and site safety. However, issues around the over-pressurisation of silos during powder deliveries are still largely misunderstood. Hycontrol's presentation will concern the maintenance and upkeep of powder storage silos and the risks that are incurred by neglecting vital pressure and level safety equipment. Common issues will be discussed and highlighted with real examples from Hycontrol’s archive of photographs. Hycontrol regularly presents MPQC-approved training courses on this subject.

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