Tony has worked for 30 years in operational, consulting, research and academic roles in the mining (primarily open cut), civil and petroleum industries. He currently works for Rocktest Consulting which he founded in the mid-1990s to provide Rock Engineering services to these industries.
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Jacqui has approximately 10 years’ experience in underground geotechnical engineering. She is a Civil Engineer who started her career as a mine site Geotechnical Engineer in the hard rock industry, followed by consulting to the underground coal industry. She completed her undergraduate thesis on Rockfall Risk Quantification in 2006, has a Masters in Engineering Science (Mining Geomechanics) and is chartered in Geotechnical Engineering (Mining) through the AusIMM and RPEQ (14792). Currently co-leading the Geotechnical Services Division of the LDO Group of Companies, her diverse background of provides a unique and valuable skill set to clients.
Des has over 35 years’ experience in the mining industry in both South Africa and Australia his earlier experience was as a Production shift boss, Rock Mechanics officer and Rock Mechanics Research Technician, where he was involved in mine layouts, developing support systems for seismically active environments, seismic monitoring of pillar layouts and extensive instrumentation and in situ stress measurements. The last 15 years being devoted to shotcrete. He has the Chamber of Mines certificate in Rock Mechanics, is an EFNARC nozzleman examiner and is currently completing his MSc(Eng) in Advanced Concrete Technology at the University of Leeds.
His operational experience spans over 10 years in underground and open cut mines as well as shaft sinking operations. He has degrees in Civil Engineering and Mining Engineering, a Masters in Engineering Science (Mining Geomechanics) and is currently completing a PhD at the University of Queensland.
Ben has over 15 years experience in the civil and mining engineering field. Ben’s specialised area of work is non-destructive testing and analysis of embedded steel elements – ground anchors, transverse stressing bars, rock bolts and retention/hold down anchors to name a few.
Bre-Anne Sainsbury has worked as a consultant and operational engineer at mine sites, renewable energy projects and refineries in Australia and the USA. During her career she has developed a broad skills base in all aspects of the mining and resources development cycle. Bre-Anne is the Director of the Resources Engineering Program (mining, geological, oil and gas and renewable energy) at Monash University.
Jeremy has 12 years experience in the mining industry covering a range of operational and consulting engineering roles in open pit and underground hard rock mines. His experience includes considerable involvement in large open stoping and block caving operations with a focus on providing practical engineering solutions.
Robyn has worked across operational and consulting roles since graduating in 2011, primarily in the base metals sector. She has worked on open pit and underground projects both operationally and as a consultant and has been involved in projects from the exploration stage, all the way through to implementation and optimization. With a primary focus on safe, economic designs and operations, Robyn is currently working to further expand her geotechnical experience and knowledge of caving operations.
Peter has over 34 years experience in geology, mining and geotechnical engineering. His experience includes extensive involvement in the design of ground support and reinforcement systems and the use of instrumentation to monitor rockmass and infrastructure behaviour in seismically active conditions. He written and presented in excess of 15 papers on its use to manage rockmass conditions in underground mines. He is currently Chair of the AusIMM Chartered Professional program.
Morteza has more than six years of experience in geotechnical design, field investigations and laboratory experiments. He has focused on optimising methods for selecting geomaterial in engineering practices, numerical modelling, image processing, and laboratory tools development. He has a degree in mining engineering, masters in rock mechanics, and is currently completing a PhD at the University of Queensland.
Erin has worked in corporate, consulting and mine operational roles over her 13 years’ experience across coal and base metals in the mining resource sector. She has experienced every functional aspect of open pit geotechnical engineering from exploration, to feasibility studies, to mine geotechnical management and finally to closure. Erin’s professional focus is in safe, economic open pit mine designs and geotechnical risk.