Kevin Dugan is Mining One’s Principal Geotechnical Engineer. Kevin has over 40 years’ 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 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.
Ben has over 15 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.
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.
Abouzar is a Senior 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.
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.
Vidoe has over 27 years’ experience spread across the mineral exploration, mine geotechnics, civil engineering, hydrogeological and environmental sectors. The diversity of project experience gained throughout his career in Australia, Europe and Africa has allowed him to apply many of the branches of geoscience whilst remaining specialised in key areas of expertise. His mining experience was gained working in a variety of open pit mines (coal and metals) providing geotechnical support during mine operations, performing slope stability analyses, managing and monitoring existing hazards using radar and prism monitoring systems. As a geotechnical expert on site, he was actively involved in pit design and drilling-blast design processes as well as preparation and implementation of Ground Control Management Plans (GCMP) and Slope Management Plans (SMP) undertaking regular updates and reviews of GCMP and safety procedures. Vidoe’s exploration work covers drilling supervision, core logging, testing, sampling and training graduates in logging procedures at all aspects of data collection and application of this data (rock mass classification, structural characterisation, stability analyses, modelling and slope design). Recently he has been working to provide geotechnical support to the Mt Isa Mines, Black Star open cut operations, fulfilling the role of Senior Geotechnical Engineer and managing the geotechnical hazards during the mining operations.
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.
Nurses has over eight years of research, consulting and mine operations experience working on a variety of projects in Australia, Asia, PNG and Africa. She has been involved with both open pit and underground mining projects. Her experience as a mining/geotechnical engineer includes slope stability evaluations for prefeasibility, feasibility, operational level and mine closure studies; geotechnical site investigations; stability analysis and design for underground structures including tunnels, stopes, inclines. Nurses also worked as a researcher at Monash University where she completed her postgraduate studies on unsaturated soil mechanics and soil compaction. She has highly developed research and analytical skills with sound knowledge of rock and soil mechanics. She is proficient with mining and geotechnical analysis software programs such as Surpac, Dips, Slide, RockFall, RocLab and RocData.
Harley is a Geotechnical Engineer with over six years’ experience working on a variety of mining projects throughout Australia, as well as experience working in Africa and Papua New Guinea. His mining experience is made up of open pit feasibility studies and operational secondment projects including the establishment and ongoing management of the geotechnical department for an underground sub-level cave mine in the development stage and two large operating open pit mines in Africa as well as secondments to the Ernest Henry and Burton mines in Queensland undertaking operational geotechnical engineer duties. Harley has a strong understanding of rock mechanics and geotechnical engineering fundamentals with experience in stability analysis using a number of 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. The African work in particular was carried out in difficult working conditions and with minimal resources.
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 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 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 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 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.
Michael has over 25 years’ experience in the mining and civil geotechnical industry throughout Australia and overseas. This work has covered over 15 years Geotechnical experience and 10 years Exploration and Mining experience. Michael is very experienced at all aspects of data collection and drill supervision (mapping, logging) and the compilation and application of this data (rock mass classification, stability analyses and monitoring).