Drilling and blasting specialist, EPC-UK, will be making the ‘Digital Quarry’ a reality at this year’s inaugural Hillhead Digital.

Running from 30 to 31 March, Hillhead Digital – “New Horizons: Building the Recovery” – is the industry’s response to the postponement of the Hillhead 2020 exhibition due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This free two-day event will feature over 300 virtual exhibition stands and more than 50 seminars covering four key topics, Digitalization, Decarbonization, Infrastructure and People.

EPC-UK is pleased to announce that it will be contributing to the ‘Evolution at the interface’ session, within the Digitalization stream of the conference, on Wednesday 31 March from 2.15pm to 4pm. Led by professional broadcaster Zoe Kleinman, this session will look at how digitalization is transforming the way quarry companies operate, from automated, autonomous surveying and material calculation, to pre-planning of drilling and blasting activities, back-office development, and business software.

The digitalization of the quarry environment is central to EPC-UK’s working ethos as Liam Bermingham, Explosives Engineer at EPC-UK and lead of EPC-UK’s presentation, explains:

“It is now possible to digitally measure, store, and analyse data throughout the entire drill and blast process, from surveying and design, to measuring the resulting blast performance – a service EPC-UK has been offering its customers for a number of years in the form of EPC Metrics.


“The use of drone photogrammetry surveys, applications to record infield drilling and explosives measurements, and cloud-based storage, together with the ability to perform fragmentation analysis, are allowing for a fully digitized blasting process.


“Our presentation at Hillhead Digital will explore how a digital quarry, alongside mobile plant telematic systems, can make a significant impact on productivity, effectiveness, and most importantly, safety.”

Over on EPC-UK’s virtual booth, B21, visitors will be able to learn more about EPC Metrics and the role it plays in the evolution of the ‘Digital Quarry’.

“Incorporating drones, fixed remote monitoring, equipment sale and hire, equipment repair and calibration and a consultancy service, the aim of EPC Metrics is to provide customers with state-of-the-art techniques and technologies that are applied, conducted and analysed by our expert engineering team,” comments Ryan Ward, Commercial Manager at EPC-UK.

This comprehensive service, which is delivered and supported by EPC-UK’s experienced explosive engineering team, enhances and compliments the company’s drilling and blasting service provision through advanced digital techniques and tools, enabling compliance and optimised blasting.

“Having the ability for our EPC Metrics and explosives engineering teams to work together also allows us to offer a true 360°service – from compliance and design to initiation and blast. However, each EPC Metrics provision is available as a standalone service, providing all our customers with even more flexibility and the ability to create a blasting service that is truly tailored to their specific needs,” adds Ryan.

Representatives from EPC-UK will be available across the two days for one-to-one meetings, to answer any questions visitors may have about the digital quarry, EPC Metrics or EPC-UK’s other drilling and blasting services. A number of pre-recorded short videos about EPC-UK’s services will also be available to view throughout the event.

“We have been extremely impressed with EPC-UK’s conduct during the pandemic. No EPC-UK engineer or operator has to be reminded to wear a mask and they always practice social distancing when working on our site. The measures the company has put into place to safeguard both its employees and customers are admirable and go above and beyond stipulated guidelines.” 

EPC-UK ensures all customers are contacted at least once every six months and a robust escalation procedure means any issues or concerns are dealt with speedily and by the most appropriate department.

To arrange a virtual meeting at Hillhead Digital, please visit us on our Booth B21 between March 30 – 31.