Drone-based Photogrammetry: Not Easy

Over a year ago, I purchased a drone and added stereo photogrammetric surveys to the services my company can provide. Drones and photogrammetric surveys have earned favor and respect in the mining and quarry industries, and just as engineering surveys are...

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It’s the Fuel!

Several years ago I began a diesel fuel sampling and testing program not because I was particularly savvy about fleet management at the time, but because I had a particular experience that I didn't want to repeat!  In general, we do not give much thought...

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Lubricating “Big Iron”

This post is a mini case study about the importance of an effective lubrication program, specifically as it relates to draglines and shovels, or "big iron."  It was later published in Machinery Lubrication Magazine! Most of the time when I ask mine...

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Another Sad Day for Coal

I listen to news on my morning drive from the Gateway to Appalachia to my firm in Lexington, KY, where I have worked for the past several years.  In this part of the country, the 'war on coal' rhetoric has been a constant drum.  Yes, there are market...

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