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14 • ROCK products • May 2018 www.rockproducts.com FRAC SAND INSIDER A new solution from BinMaster gives frac sand, aggregate and cement oper- ations challenged with managing inventory in covered storage bunkers a new option that combines leading-edge software and the 3DLevelScanner acoustic sensor to measure the level of materials piled under structures. Multiple sensors measure and map levels across the material surface, while MultiVision software separates the piled material into virtual sections. Minimum, maximum and average levels per section are reported for up to 99 unique sections. The data is aggregated to output a visual showing the topogra- phy of the entire storage bunker. The =solution is used to estimate inven- tory and improve production efficiency. Identifying high and low sections allows for automating process control and managing the filling or extraction of materials through cone-shaped hop- pers in the bottom of the bunker. In proven installations, up to 20 3DLev- elScanners have been mounted in the upper structure of the bunker roof. The bunker is virtually divided into sections as small as 1.5 x 1.5 meters with the 3D sensors continuously measuring changes across the surface and provid- ing unique visual and data reporting of inventory in the massive structure. This cutting-edge technology is ideal for frac sand producers. BinMaster, www.binmaster.com Coal Company Breaks into Frac Sand Market Hallador Energy Co., a Denver-based coal development and transporta- tion-delivery company, is breaking into the frac sand business. In February, Hallador invested $4 mil- lion in Hourglass Sands LLC, a frac sand mining company in Colorado. Hourglass Sands currently controls a permitted sand reserve near Colorado Springs, Colo. The company expects to truck test ship- ments to customers in the DJ Basin this summer. The company said it believes it controls the only permitted frac sand mine in the state of Colorado. "We believe this investment brings diversification and growth opportuni- ties to our company and shareholders by capitalizing on the shale boom in the United States, while complement- ing our core coal business. We do not anticipate Hourglass Sands to be prof- itable in 2018, but are excited about its growth potential in future years," said Brent Bilsland, president and CEO of Hallador Energy. Smart Sand Announces Frac Terminal Smart Sand Inc. announced that it acquired the rights to operate a unit train capable transloading terminal in Van Hook, N.D., to service the Bakken Formation. The company paid consid- eration of approximately $15.5 million to acquire certain assets at the Van Hook terminal, and has entered into a long-term lease agreement in connec- tion with the transaction. As part of this transaction, Smart Sand and Canadian Pacific (CP) have entered into a long-term agreement to service Van Hook directly along with the other key oil and gas exploration and pro- duction basins of North America. The company expects to have the Van Hook facility operational in April 2018. "We are excited to partner with transportation leader CP to offer our customers competitive, efficient rail service for our Northern White Frac Sand to operating basins throughout North America. In particular, our new unit train capable terminal in Van Hook, N.D., allows us to continue growing our presence in the Williston Basin," stated Charles Young, CEO of Smart Sand. "With our previously announced annual processing capacity expansion from 3.3 million to 5.5 million tons, our Oakdale, Wis., mining operation contin- ues to deliver frac sand in the quantities and with the efficient logistics needed to support today's higher-intensity finer mesh frac designs. This agree- ment with CP is another step forward toward Smart Sand's goal of being an integrated mine to wellhead supplier of frac sand." "CP is committed to working with its strategic partners to drive sustain- able growth in the frac sand market," said Coby Bullard, CP's vice president, sales and marketing, Merchandise and Energy, Chemicals and Plastics. "Work- ing with Smart Sand to repurpose this existing rail facility into a high-effi- ciency sand terminal is well-aligned with our commercial strategy to max- imize capacity and asset utilization. It capitalizes on our high-capacity cor- ridor between the nation's premier proppant-producing region and North Dakota's Williston Basin." Level Monitoring in Covered Bunkers

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