Ian Hulls

Geotechnical Services Manager
Ian has over 40 years of experience in the mining and civil industries. His mining experience covers both open pit and underground metalliferous and coal mines across Australia and overseas. Ian offers a range of geotechnical support including instrumentation, insitu testing, stress testing, cable bolt load monitoring and cable and roof bolt pull out testing programs. He has carried out these tasks at Australian mines such as Sino’s Iron Cape Preston Mine, WMC Mount Keith Mine, Kidston Gold Mine, Telfer Gold Mine, Endeavor Mine; as well as overseas mines like Chatree Gold Mine, Thailand and Porgera Mine, Papua New Guinea. Ian has used his open pit expertise to conduct geotechnical reviews, site geotechnical support and slope stability analysis for long term pit designs at mines such as Mount Keith Nickel, Woodlawn, Anglesea and Yallourn.  He also covers the supervision and inspection of major works including river diversions, conveyor realignment remedial works for large-scale slope instability, for example, works at Savage River, Tasmania. His work has mainly involved the practical on-site implementation or supervision of work from initial drilling to mine site closure (e.g. Ranger uranium Mine, NT).  He was one of the key instigators of the introduction of slope stability radar monitoring to the open pit mining industry, particularly with the initial implementation of this radar monitoring at the Mt Keith Nickel mine in WA, where both small and large scale pit slope instability was monitored and managed. His civil experience includes ground support work on the CityLink and EastLink tunnels in Melbourne, along with stress measurements for various railway tunnel alignments in Sydney and Melbourne and the Waterview tunnel in Auckland in New Zealand.