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Mineralocity Aggregates

Mineralocity Aggregates was developed by Burgex Inc. Mining Consultants to be the leading platform for construction aggregate mineral market intelligence in the United States.

The Mineralocity Aggregates platform will generate weeks or even months’ worth of actionable mineral market analysis research within minutes. This powerful platform enables local, regional, and national construction aggregate producers to analyze current operations, select greenfield sites, and develop long-term plans for growth. The platform is also valuable for suppliers to the aggregate industry, contractors who purchase construction aggregates, and both governmental and private analysts or researchers who wish to intimately understand infrastructure construction and growth trends on a national scale.

Within the mining industry, transportation logistics and costs (as well as environmental, regulatory, labor access, and utility factors) weigh heavily on every operation worldwide. The viability of these operations hinges on the economic interplay of these factors. Within the construction aggregate industry specifically, transportation logistics are critical and can only be effectively evaluated with accurate market intelligence.  

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Transportation or other construction projects will generally utilize the nearest available aggregate product within specifications. It is not uncommon, however, for transportation costs to exceed the purchase price of the material itself. Driving most companies to purchase aggregate from the nearest site in the area.

 

In many cases, it is possible to locate quarries and pits near consuming populations; in other cases, the aggregate could be transported from hundreds of miles away. Aggregate producers will build yards and facilities for distribution closer to high-demand regions. Planning for quarry placement extends far beyond just finding a suitable geological unit with available land for development. The placement of these quarries begins with conducting a detailed mineral market analysis study. 

Traditional market research for minerals and other consumables relies on tabulating estimated supply and demand based on knowns, projections, and assumptions. Populations are calculated based on census reports by incorporated area, census tract, or county. This population is multiplied by the estimated consumption of the product over a designated time to generate an estimated demand. For construction aggregates, demand is generally calculated by tons (or tonnes) per capita annually within a designated region. Supply is estimated simply by adding anticipated production (or distribution) within the same area. The formula calculates supply and demand on an individual site basis – generally within a spreadsheet. Depending on the complexity of the market analyzed, this can take anywhere from days to weeks. A typical mineral market analysis for a greenfield site may take several weeks and may require on-the-ground intelligence to determine accurate supply and demand.

With the advanced GIS layers created by Mineralocity Aggregates, dynamic calculations are run on a matrix of granular grids of less than one square mile that cover entire states and regions. This generates a high-resolution interactive map that can be used to identify areas of supply deficit, which could be ideal for the placement of a new quarry, pit, or distribution yard. The platform also provides a host of other interactive layers such as the estimated annual production range of existing commercial quarries, favorable geological units for construction aggregates, regional economic and population growth indicators for future planning and projections, and more. 

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