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Spoil recycling helps protect ancient monument

Digger Blogger | 11:32, Wed February 14 2018

Local civil engineering contractor Danaher & Walsh was recently appointed by the Diocese of Leicester to rebuild a car park on New Street in the old quarter of Leicester, close to the city’s cathedral.

The car park is of historical significance as it is on the former site of Grey Friars Priory, the original burial place of King Richard III. It is adjacent to the council-owned car park on which the king’s remains were exhumed in 2012. In fact, the New Street car park was one of three possible sites originally identified for excavation by archaeologists from the outset of the project to locate the remains of Richard III. Danaher & Walsh’s works took place just 30 metres from the King’s original resting place.

Richard III was killed at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485 after just two years on the throne, bringing an end to the York dynasty, to be succeeded by the Welsh Tudor family.  The discovery of his final resting place attracted much media attention back in 2012. It is now the Richard III museum and the area has been designated a Scheduled Ancient Monument.

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Quarry business for Volvo

Digger Blogger | 09:09, Thu February 01 2018

Two Oxfordshire quarries have new Volvo machines at work... and so does one near Alloa in Scotland.

Earthline, based in the small Wiltshire town of Ogbourne St George, near Marlborough, is one of the largest haulage company in its region, covering an area from Banbury in Oxfordshire to Farnham in Surrey.

It has a fleet of 80 tipper lorries with another 20 on permanent hire besides articulated rigs, sweepers and other miscellaneous transport. It is also in earthmoving, recycling and quarrying.

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Overground, underground: Cats in the mine

Digger Blogger | 12:09, Wed January 17 2018

There are a couple of interesting technology developments in Caterpillar’s mining division to report – one relating to automation and the other to battery powered machinery.


Above ground, Caterpillar and Rio Tinto have signed an agreement for retrofitting 19 Cat 793F mining trucks for autonomous operation at the Marandoo iron ore mine in Western Australia. Caterpillar will also install Cat Command for hauling software for operation of the autonomous fleet. The result of the agreement will be the first fleet of Cat autonomous trucks deployed by Rio Tinto.

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Doe Show moves into 58th year

Digger Blogger | 14:31, Wed January 10 2018

The 58th annual Doe Show takes place on Tuesday 6th, Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th February 2018 at the Ernest Doe dealership located in Ulting near Maldon in Essex.

The show is billed as the UK's largest construction, agricultural and groundcare dealer show and, according to the Doe team, this year’s event is going to be bigger and better than ever before.

There will be large display areas devoted to machinery from Hyundai, New Holland, Lemken, Great Plains, Manitou, Dal-Bo, Thwaites, Bomag, Atlas Copco and Marshall Trailers.

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Liebherr offers tunnel-spec loaders

Digger Blogger | 11:21, Wed December 13 2017

Liebherr has brought out a tunnelling version of four of its XPower wheeled loader models.

The Liebherr XPower L 550, L 556, L 566 and L 576 wheeled loaders are now available with an optional special tunnel package, including armoured glazing and other protection features to make them more robust underground.

In this version, the special soundproofed cab has ROPS and FOPS protection. For extra reduction of emissions the already Stage IV compliant engine is enhanced with a diesel particle filter.

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