The Pros & Cons of UAV's vs. Airplanes for Aerial Mapping

In 1908, just five years after the Wright Brothers took their first flight, an Italian captain named Cesare Tardivo took the first aerial photographs from a plane for mapping purposes.  Since that time, fixed-wing airplanes have become the primary method of capturing aerial photography.  With the advent of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), alternative methods of capturing aerial photographs and topographic mapping have emerged.

An Alternative Source for Construction Aggregates

Construction aggregates are among the most basic of economic drivers.  Aggregates are the second most commonly consumed commodity by modern society; only water is more important to our way of life.  These commodities are responsible for building and maintaining our modern infrastructure including roads, building foundations, hospitals, bridges, pipelines, office buildings, schools and the like.  Without construction aggregates, our communities would quickly become decadent eye sores and all commerce would cease.  

What Trump's Proposed Wall Means for the Construction Aggregates Industry

With the presidential election campaign season is in full swing, the experts at Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. decided to publish a report analyzing the economic benefactors of the Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump’s proposed border wall between the United States and Mexico.

Putting UAV Stockpile Analysis to the Test

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are quickly becoming a necessary tool used to gather data on stockpiles and terrain for the mining industry.  

In the February 2014 article, “Putting Stock in Your Survey,” published in Geoconnexion International Magazine, a United Kingdom-based media outlet covering geotechnology industries, compares the use of UAVs to more traditional Light Detection And Ranging (LIDAR) for stockpile evaluations.

EnviroMINE Supports Project Cornerstone's Education and Outreach Programs

On Friday, July 15, 2016, EnviroMINE, Inc. sponsored the Project Cornerstone Third Annual Golf Tournament fundraiser at Twin Oaks Golf Course in San Marcos, CA.  

Project Cornerstone's programs introduce students to the construction aggregates industry by incorporating hands-on learning in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) into classroom activities and fieldtrips.  The organization works with local high school Career Technical Education (CTE) programs to ensure the aggregates industry is included in their curriculum.  They also provide informational presentations to local associations, community clubs, and planning groups.

Aggregates Industry Faces Workforce Shortage

Written by Alyssa Burley.

The construction aggregates industry is facing a shortage in its workforce. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median age for someone working in the mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction industries was 41.5 in 2014. Younger generations are not entering the industry like they used to. As a result, the issue is becoming a common topic of concern throughout the industry.

Legislative Agenda Confirms the Aggregate Industry's Need for Effective Community Outreach

Written by Warren Coalson.

In early April 2016, I attended the CalCIMA legislative conference in Sacramento and walked away from the experience knowing we, as an industry, have to do more effective education and outreach.