Ben Roache

Geotechnical Manager
Ben has around 20 years working as a Geotechnical Engineer for mining operations at projects around the world. Ben’s career in the mining industry commenced following degrees in Science and Engineering at RMIT. Ben has specialised in mining projects with an underground focus, but he is also involved in open pit projects, mine closure assessments, civil geotechnical projects (including dams and heavy foundations) and tunnelling. These projects have covered conceptual studies, bankable feasibility studies, reviews, secondments and on-going project work at mine operations.

Kevin Dugan

Principal Geotechnical Engineer
Kevin Dugan is Mining One’s Principal Geotechnical Engineer. Kevin has over 40 years of experience throughout Australia and overseas, including eleven years at the Snowy Mountains Engineering Corporation (SMEC). He has had extensive experience in the practical aspects of rock and soil mechanics covering major hydroelectric projects, pumped storage schemes, dams, tunnels and most of Australia’s large mining projects, (e.g. Olympic Dam, Northparkes and Century Mine). This work has covered all states of Australian and about twelve countries overseas. His mine geotechnical experience covers the geotechnical input and peer review to major projects from conceptual to bankable studies and detailed design. He has also been retained as a peer review consultant on a wide range of projects, including numerous due diligence technical audits and expert witness roles of major civil and mining projects (both coal and metal). His areas of expertise include: Stress measurement analysis and mathematical modelling (2D & 3D); Rock Mechanics (ground support, stability analyses etc.); Reviews, due diligence and expert witness; and Engineering Geology (including data collection, rock mass classifications, etc.). Kevin is a Chartered Professional recognised through the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and is a Registered Professional Engineer in Queensland (RPEQ).

David Lucas

Principal Geotechnical Engineer – Open Pit
David is a mining geotechnical specialist with 28 years of experience in mining and civil geotechnical engineering in Australia and Papua New Guinea, of which 21 years have been in mining. His experience has been gained throughout a wide range of open-cut and underground projects, in the pre-feasibility, feasibility and operational phases. His civil geotechnical experience includes hydro-electric construction projects, including dams and tunnelling in Tasmania and Queensland. David worked as a site-based geotechnical engineer in open cut mining for 12 years, including two years as a Technical Services Manager with mine planning responsibilities, from which he gained an extensive practical experience in mining operations.

Richard Stuklis

Principal Geotechnical Engineer
Richard has 20 years of geotechnical engineering experience applied to open pit, underground and infrastructure projects within Australia and overseas. His skills are developed through exposure to all stages of project development - from concept through to construction. His project work experience includes site investigation design and implementation, structural and rock mass evaluations, domain modelling, operational support (including training), as well as the provision of geotechnical parameters in support of open pit and underground design. Richard has done independent technical reviews of mining projects for financial institutions and mining companies. His management experience includes team leadership and mentoring, as well as responsibility for project and business unit financials.

Dr. Abouzar Vakili

Principal Geotechnical Engineer
Abouzar is a Principal Geotechnical Engineer and numerical modelling specialist with over eleven years of experience in operations, geotechnical analysis, design and research. His expertise is primarily in applying advanced analytical techniques for geotechnical engineering and design. He has worked on studies involving large open pits and deep, high stress underground mines. He has authored more than 15 technical papers and articles and he is an AusIMM Chartered Professional and Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland.

Meredith Goss

Senior Geotechnical Engineer
Meredith has more than 14 years’ experience as a Geotechnical Engineer in both the mining and civil industry in Australia, Indonesia, Philippines and Mongolia. She has a background in ground investigations, geotechnical feasibility studies and modelling in both open cut and underground mines. Meredith has experience in ground support design, slope stability, instrumentation and monitoring, and geotechnical site reviews in metalliferous and coal mines, and has supervised and trained staff for several geotechnical drilling programs and geotechnical mapping investigations. Meredith’s background has provided her with experience in the area of project management, ground investigations, modelling for open pit slope angle assessments and ground support design.

Claire Dyson

Senior Geotechnical Engineer
Claire is a Senior Geotechnical Engineer with over ten years of experience in the civil and mining sector. She has a Masters of Geotechnical Engineering and has worked in both consultancy and as a Site Engineer in Australia and overseas. During this time, Claire has gained a strong knowledge of both soil and rock mechanics.

Peter Edmondson

Senior Geotechnical Engineer
A highly motivated Senior Engineering Geologist with eleven years of experience in the fields of civil and mine geotechnical engineering. Experience encompasses a wide range of projects in civil infrastructure, land development, waste management and the resource sector across Europe, N. America, Asia and Australasia. Excellent knowledge of ground investigation practices, site characterisation, borrow material sourcing and development of geotechnical ground models. Analysis and design expertise includes soil and rock slope stability, ground support / control and monitoring for open pit mining and civil applications. Involvement in tender submissions, fee proposals for ground engineering consultancy services including project management and factual / interpretive reports.

Daniel Hill

Senior Geotechnical Engineer
Daniel has over 10 years of underground and open pit geotechnical experience in operational roles throughout Australia and Africa. His experience ranges from challenging open pit mines in Tasmania and Congo, to deep high stress and seismically active mines in Kalgoorlie (WA). Daniel has extensive experience in rock mass characterisation, underground and open pit stability analysis, ground support design, instrumentation installation and monitoring, backfill design as well as project management and training of junior staff. He has recently worked as a Senior Geotechnical Engineer in the Democratic Republic of Congo for Katanga Mining (Glencore).

Harley Greaves

Senior Geotechnical Engineer
Harley is a geotechnical engineer with over seven years of experience working on a variety of mining projects throughout Australia, Africa and Asia. His mining experience is made up of operational secondment projects and mine technical studies including mine feasibility studies, mine closure studies and geotechnical site support. Harley has a strong understanding of rock mechanics and geotechnical engineering fundamentals with experience in stability analysis using several software packages including, but not limited to, Surpac, Vulcan, Map3D, Leapfrog and Rocscience software suite. He has established and implemented geotechnical systems and worked with technical services personnel to maintain safe mining conditions on several operations.

Charlie Stoesigger

Senior Geotechnical Engineer
Charlie is a Geotechnical Engineer with six years mining experience, Charlie has site based operational and design experience in both open pit and underground operations. He has worked at several different operations across Western Australia, Northern Territory and Tasmania ranging from large open pits to smaller strip mining operations and sublevel open stoping mining methods. Charlie has worked in consulting since the beginning of 2013 and has worked on numerous studies both in Australia and overseas across gold, iron ore and various other commodities. He has produced studies from PFS through to detailed design for major mining companies and has conducted preliminary investigations and due diligence assessments for smaller companies, including site audits. Charlie has been invited previously to present at ACG conferences on geotechnical design methodologies and is currently undertaking his Chartered Professional course through Engineers Australia.

Andrew Rajapakse

Geotechnical Engineer
Andrew is a Mining Geotechnical Engineer who has over 5 years’ experience in the industry. He has gained exposure in the field of geotechnical engineering and aims to provide value and identify efficiencies throughout all his areas of influence. His experience encompasses geotechnical mine secondments including Dugald River Mine and Century Mine. These included ground support optimisation and assisted in Institute of Mine Seismology (IMS) open pit seismology program.

Jesse Franks

Engineering Geologist
Jesse has almost six years experience as an Engineering Geologist, working as a Geotechnical Engineer in underground hard rock mining. She has worked in underground operations such as Cadia Valley Operations (NSW), Ballarat Gold Project (VIC), Cracow Gold Mine (QLD) and Stawell Gold Mine (VIC). Jesse’s experience includes; seismic monitoring, ground support design and justification, ground support QA/QC, geotechnical mapping, rehabilitation assessment, mine closure care and maintenance, convergence monitoring, stope stability assessment and geotechnical logging. Other areas of experience include; shaft stability assessments, technical data reviews and assisting geotechnical feasibility studies. Jesse has worked both autonomously as a sole geotechnical engineer and within larger geotechnical teams. From her previous roles she has acquired the operational skills and experience to effectively manage geotechnical operational requirements.

Michael Bijelac

Senior Geotechnical Engineer
Michael has 21 years geotechnical experience in underground and open-cut metalliferous and coal mines.  The majority of this experience has been focused on consulting services to the mining industry, from geotechnical logging/data collection, secondment to sites for operational support assistance to mining studies from scoping to feasibility levels. Michael has considerable experience in numerical modelling and slope stability analyses, and has extensive operational and design/analysis experience in the geotechnical field.

Aidan Ford

Geotechnical Engineer
Aidan is a Geotechnical Engineer with seven years of operational and consulting experience. He has a broad range of skills ranging from day to day site based duties, through to high end design. Aidan is currently completing a PhD in Civil Engineering through the University of Queensland with a primary research focus of risk based geotechnical design and statistical analysis techniques. Aidan has worked on in various site based roles as an underground geotechnical engineer including Cannington Mine, Cadia Valley Operations, Cracow Mine, Ballarat Gold Mine and George Fisher Mine.

Davron Lu

Contract Lawyer / Geotechnical Engineer
Davron has over seven years of experience in contract laws, due diligence and geotechnical engineering. Working on a variety of projects both on site and office based, her experience includes technical due diligence, project permitting review, environmental legislations, technical translation, project management, and client liaison. She has been involved in many technical due diligence and has conducted various reviews on mining and environmental permits for projects in Australia, Canada, Chile, Philippines, etc. Davron is also a qualified Australian lawyer, admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Victoria. She has been involved in several legal cases with matters involving research and development tax claim, mergers and acquisition, construction laws, etc.