Log In

Come Join Us!

Are you an
Engineering professional?
Join Eng-Tips Forums!
  • Talk With Other Members
  • Be Notified Of Responses
    To Your Posts
  • Keyword Search
  • One-Click Access To Your
    Favorite Forums
  • Automated Signatures
    On Your Posts
  • Best Of All, It's Free!
  • Students Click Here

*Eng-Tips's functionality depends on members receiving e-mail. By joining you are opting in to receive e-mail.

Posting Guidelines

Promoting, selling, recruiting, coursework and thesis posting is forbidden.

Students Click Here

Developing a Quarry

Developing a Quarry

Developing a Quarry

I have a client who wants to develop a quarry.  He has miles of land with different terrain to choose from.  Before I start doing test borings all over the place looking for good rock, I would like to read a book (or maybe a chapter in geotech book) on developing a quarry.  Any help??

RE: Developing a Quarry

Also check around with the state universities - the geology department may have developed some geologic maps that could be of interest.  Your question did not indicate where the land for the quarry is located.  We don't need specifics - but where is it? (A state reference will suffice.)

RE: Developing a Quarry

We do this for a living.  Key issues are zoning, public sentiment, dust, water discharge, traffic, blasting vibrations, etc., etc. Some rules of thumb:  one core hole per 20 acres, 3 years, 3 lawyers, $300,000.  Need to prove out at least 15 years of reserves to justify a plant.  Have you done a market study?  Need to know the competition and how much area can absorb.  Watch for geologic problems:  karst, faults, water, thinning or erosion of formation, etc., etc.  Can't go to bank without detailed coring and testing.

RE: Developing a Quarry

It is on an island in the pacific ocean.  Others are in control of lawyers and non-engineering issues.  I am looking for input on the engineering side.  Thanx for the good input so far.

RE: Developing a Quarry

This could be more a mining problem than a geotechnical issue, though geotechnical problems could abound.  philly frank's suggestions are good ones, though I would recommend more frequent core hole spacing than one per 20 acres. However, drill spacing depends on the nature of the formation proposed for quarrying.  

Geologic mapping is a must.  The USGS may have regional maps, or if not the USGS, then a local university.  

You state that the proposed quarry is on an island in the pacific.  Wil the market be captive?  Is the product aggregate or cement or both?  What about equipment sizing and selection.  

As an aside, I am in real life a mining engineer and would be pleased to answer any questions directly if you care to contact me at jbabcock2@yahoo.com.  

Red Flag This Post

Please let us know here why this post is inappropriate. Reasons such as off-topic, duplicates, flames, illegal, vulgar, or students posting their homework.

Red Flag Submitted

Thank you for helping keep Eng-Tips Forums free from inappropriate posts.
The Eng-Tips staff will check this out and take appropriate action.

Reply To This Thread

Posting in the Eng-Tips forums is a member-only feature.

Click Here to join Eng-Tips and talk with other members! Already a Member? Login


eBook - Integrating the Engineering Ecosystem
Aras Innovator provides multiple options for integrating data between systems, depending on the scenario. Utilizing the right approach to meet specific business requirements is vital. These needs range from authoring tools, federating data from various and dissimilar databases, and triggering processes and workflows. Download Now
White Paper - Industry 4.0 and the Future of Engineering Education
With industries becoming more automated, more tech-driven and more complex, engineers need to keep their skills and knowledge up to date in order to stay on top of this wave—and to be prepared for the Industry 4.0 future. The University of Cincinnati offers two online Master of Engineering degree programs designed specifically for practicing engineers. Download Now
White Paper - Comparing Multi-Patterning at 5nm: SADP, SAQP, and SALELE
Self-aligned multi-patterning techniques such as SADP, SAQP, and SALELE are increasingly popular at advanced nodes, but each process has its pros and cons. IMEC and Mentor, a Siemens business collaborated to identify potentially less-obvious process and design limitations and trade-offs between the three SAMP techniques. Learn more in this paper. Download Now

Close Box

Join Eng-Tips® Today!

Join your peers on the Internet's largest technical engineering professional community.
It's easy to join and it's free.

Here's Why Members Love Eng-Tips Forums:

Register now while it's still free!

Already a member? Close this window and log in.

Join Us             Close