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.

Julian Watson

Principal Geotechnical Engineer
Julian is a global subject matter expert in mining and rock mechanics engineering (surface and underground), with extensive experience in mine design, decision-making, and senior corporate management. Innovator in design and monitoring technical assessments to optimise production and risk management. Advocate and leader of safety behaviours in line with corporate and personal values. Over 19 years of global experience including civil, mining, site and corporate across multiple countries (Africa, Americas, Australasia, and Europe) with accompanying cross-cultural and professional sensitivities. Persuasive external advocate relative to trade association and governmental impacts to business strategy. A published professional and firm advocate of risk-based management systems within rock mechanics engineering and the wider mining industry. Recently invited to contribute to the text “Safety and Health Management in Mining" which is to be published in the United States by the Society of Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME) during 2020.

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.

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
A Senior Geotechnical Engineer with ten years of 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, the Northern Territory and Tasmania ranging from large open pits to smaller strip-mining operations. 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. Design work has included derivation of material parameters from logging and laboratory test data; the collection and interpretation of structural information from field mapping, photogrammetric and Televiewer data and the determination of hydrogeological conditions from existing site monitoring data and models. He has conducted stability analyses for various rock masses using both deterministic (FoS) and probabilistic (PoF) design criteria and has significant experience with strata-bound deposits (including coal) where the use of anisotropic strength models is required. Charlie has been invited previously to present at ACG conferences on geotechnical design methodologies and is currently undertaking a Masters of Mining Engineernig from the University of Western Australia.

Andrew Rajapakse

Senior 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.

Aidan Ford

Senior 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.

Peter Kavanagh

Senior Engineering Geologist
Peter Kavanagh is an Engineering Geologist with 15+ years’ experience in Engineering Geology roles. Peter worked in the investigation team for the Victorian Desalination Plant and has worked in Paraburdoo, Tom Price, Marandoo, West Angelas and Newman, all major iron ore regions, also Mt Keith, Mt Isa, Mt Morgan, Century and Ranger. More recently he has worked on contracts in Senegal (West Africa) supervising and logging for geotechnical investigations to obtain sub-surface profile and conditions for determining foundations, and in Mt Isa monitoring geotechnical aspects of a proposed in-pit dozed/back-filled ramp to create access to a previously abandoned pit. His recent work in Ireland and the UK involved geotechnical investigations into subsidence on motorways, supervision and logging of trial pits, dynamic probing and window sampling, also reporting on pyrite degradation in building materials. His skill set extends across a broad range including, but not limited to, drilling supervision, soil logging, rock core logging (including training), mapping and monitoring (civil and mining operations), geotechnical design of development and geomechanical hazard analysis, design and supervision of horizontal depressurisation drilling during mining operations, monitoring water levels and conductivity, packer testing, and reporting.

Mark N Burdett

Geotechnical Engineer
Mark is a Geotechnical Engineer/Structural Geologist with over 15 years of experience working on a range of projects and commodities across the mining industry. Initially, working as an economic structural geologist on a range of metalliferous deposits from exploration to mining he completed a MEng in Civil Engineering (geotechnical) at RMIT and commenced a PhD in rock burst geomechanics before commencing working as a Geotechnical Engineer in 2017. His operational capabilities encompass underground and open pit projects with particular experience in deep, highly-stress, and structurally complex settings including Golden Grove, Sons of Gwalia, and DeGrussa/Monty operations. His mining experience includes geotechnical requirements for production and mine development, data collection for various operational mine life stages, seismic monitoring and analysis, and structural mapping and analysis, in-house structural training, and development of geotechnical and exploration fault models. Mark currently supports both underground and open pit clients with practical geotechnical engineering and structural geology and delivers feasibility level studies in our Open Pit Team. He continues his operational experience undertaking both underground and open cut operational roles, providing operational leadership and managing stakeholders.

Didy Ramli

Geotechnical Engineer
Didy is a Mining Geotechnical Engineer who has over nine years of experience in the mining industry. She started her career as a Geologist and her operational experience encompasses various roles in the Hunter Valley and Bowen Basin namely Integra Underground and Open Cut Coal Mine, Blackwater Mine, Peak Downs Mine and more recently Savage River Open Cut Mine. Having a strong geology professional background, Didy has a proven record for delivering measurable results and fostering strong stakeholder relationships. She has more than 8 years experience in the mining industry based on mine sites, which includes exploration (greenfields and brownfields), production (open pit and underground) and technical roles. Didy possess extensive experience in geological modelling, resource reconciliation, geotechnical highwall and overburden mapping, geological structural interpretation and exploration, which is supported by substantial stakeholder engagement; of which has generated significant culture and business performance improvements on site. She has strong professional research background with a degree in Geology from University of Queensland and a Masters in Mining Engineering (Mine Geomechanics) from UNSW. She was also selected by Vale Australia to represent Australia in completing Advanced in Mining Short Courses at University of Ouro Preto, Brazil.

Brittany Sondershausen

Geotechnical Engineer
Brittany started her career at Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan (Canada) and over the years she has developed a wide range of engineering skills including geotechnical design in various different mining environments, numerical modeling, strata support design, seismic analysis, lab and field testing and instrumentation installation and monitoring. Brittany has gained skills in continuous improvement and project management, in both small and large scale projects. Since relocating to Australia, she has worked in Queensland and Western Australia on various projects, further enhancing her geotechnical expertise.

Frank Bird

Geotechnical Engineer
Frank is a geotechnical engineer with experience in underground and open pit mining. Frank has worked on several large-scale open pit projects for Rio Tinto and Grange Resources with experience in slope design and contributed to studies. He has previous instrumentation logging experience through his work with Henty Gold Mine, where he has been part of a geotechnical instrumentation program, and at Prominent Hill Mine where he developed a retrofit hardware trucking metric logger. His practical experience includes work for Prominent Hill Mine (SA), feasibility studies, backfill design, geotechnical site support, and geotechnical core logging. He has also worked on multiple civil engineering projects in the Melbourne region. Frank is proficient in multiple software packages including; Leapfrog Geo, Rocscience Suite (Dips, Slide, RS2, etc), GEM4D and Deswik.

Selcuk Erol

Geotechnical Engineer
Selcuk is a Civil/Geotechnical Engineer with over seven years of relevant experience. In his career Selcuk has been involved in geotechnical design, data collection and analyses of various underground and open-pit mines. He has worked with reputable resource and civil companies delivering specialist engineering service both on site and in the office.

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.

Dr Lily Li

Geotechnical Engineer
Lily has 2.5 years operational and consulting experience in mining and geotechnical engineering. Lily gained practical and technical skills from different mine sites in Australia, China and Zambian. With an underground operational experience in Glencore George Fisher Mine and UG/open pit consulting experience in Mining One, participation on various geotechnical projects by using different numerical modelling tools such as FLAC3D, Map3D, RocSicence, and Abaqus. Lily completed the Bachelor and Master’s degrees in mining engineering at University of Science and Technology Beijing (USTB), obtained PhD degree from UNSW Australia in Aug 2016. Lily has extensive knowledge in Mine Geotechnical Engineering and Mine Backfill with publications on Geotechnical journal and international conference. Lily also invited as a guest lecturer to give a lecture in UNSW in Geotechnical course.

Sumukha Prasad

Geotechnical Engineer
Sumukha is a Geotechnical Engineer specialising in mine geotechnical engineering. He has completed a Master of Engineering at RMIT and his current experience is based upon underground geotechnical design. Sumukha’s thesis has assisted a notable underground zinc mine with its ongoing understanding and geotechnical management of critical underground infrastructure. At Mining One he has been involved in several technical projects, both open pit and underground. His experience includes ground stability assessments in both 2D and 3D analysis methods. Key experience covers underground design, material parameter derivation for the purpose of slope stability in isotropic and anisotropic rock masses; and stress modelling of underground excavations. Sumukah has also been involved in geotechnical data collection and empirical assessment for various levels of geotechnical study and investigation. Operations include Kanmantoo Copper Mine (South Australia), Savage River Mine (Tasmania), Gwalia Gold Mine (Western Australia) and Koolan Island (Western Australia).