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Mr Douglas Collier
Chemical EngineerBAppSc(Met) UNSW, MEngSc(ChemEng) Newcastle 1977. MMICA, MAusIMM (CP), MIMM, MAusCeramicSoc, CEng

Doug has specialised in mineral processing and the chemical processing of minerals (hydrometallurgy). After graduating in metallurgy from the University of NSW in 1972, he worked seven years with King Island Scheelite and its sister company Warman International. This time was spent in the mineral processing and hydrometallurgy of scheelite in both plant operation and technical support. He was involved in the test work (including piloting), design, commissioning and operation of a plant producing synthetic scheelite and molybdenum sulphide byproduct. During this period, Doug obtained a M.Eng.Sc.(Chemical Engineering) from the University of Newcastle. The thesis topic was on phase separation aids in solvent extraction.
In 1979 Doug moved to the United Kingdom where he worked with Murex, eventually as head of a small process development department working on the hydrometallurgy of W, Mo, Va and Cr. His activities involved technical support to the plant and process development in all aspects of processing ranging from final stages in mineral processing to chemicals and refractory metal production.
In 1982 Doug moved to Frankfurt, Germany where he worked with Lurgi in the process development laboratory on pilot plant studies on synthetic rutile production and on testwork and technical development in the treatment of complex sulphides and gold. On returning to Australia in 1985, Doug worked for five years with Australia Wide Industries (including Topalite Resources and Centaur Mining) on the production of mullite refractory and fluoride chemicals from topaz containing silexite and on the technical development of a few gold operations. This work included the design and operation of a mineral processing and ceramics processing pilot facility and supervision of testwork and some design aspects of newly developing gold operations including the Plutonic project in W.A.
After a couple of years as a private consultant in gold and base metal processing, Doug joined the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) at Lucas Heights, Sydney, in 1993 as a senior technical officer. This has involved testwork, up to pilot scale, in support of the mining industry, where mineral processing and extractive metallurgy entails treatment of ores and intermediates containing radioactivity. Bench to pilot scale studies have been carried out for example for the Mt Weld rare earthýs project, the Kintyre uranium project and in support of the currently operating Olympic Dam and Ranger Uranium mines.

Specialities
  • Extractive Metallurgy
Areas of Practice:
  • Flowsheet development and plant design
  • Process – Investigation and Testwork
Commodity Experience:
  • Industrial Minerals – Clay Minerals, Refractories, Abrasives
  • Sn-W-Ta-Nb Group
  • Uranium
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Mr Damian Connelly Expert Witness

Principal Metallurgist working as a Consultant. Extensive experience gained in all commodities and extractive processes including gold, copper, lead zinc, nickel, uranium and iron ore, titaniu, and vanadium. Specialist in comminution, gravity, flotation, hydrometallurgy, CIP/CIL and Merril Crowe gold & refractory gold metallurgy, heap leaching, bacterial leaching, solvent extraction and electrowinning.

Damian has worked on many major projects incuding flowsheet design, process improvements, cost reduction, conceptual project development, trouble shooting, engineering tenders and financial audits. Career employment with BHAS, Zinc Corp, Peko Wallsend, Bougainville Copper, Hamersley Iron, Roxby Mgt Services, KMA Pty Ltd, Harbour Lights Mining, Aztec Mining, METS Pty Ltd over some 35 years.

Experience has been gained in plant operations, feasibility studies, detailed design, construction and commissioning and all unit operations. A wealth of hands-on operating experience as a foreman, plant metallurgist, plant superintendent, chief metallurgist and project manager which has provided a solid base to mix with engineering and construction management. Damian has also run courses in Metallurgical Accounting and Mineral Processing for industry participants.

The last 21 years have been spent working as a Principal Consulting Metallurgist for Mineral Engineering Technical Service Pty Ltd for Mining, Banking and Engineering Companies both within Australasia and overseas.

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Specialities
  • Mineral Processing
  • Feasibility Studies – Design
  • Due Diligence
  • Project Management
Areas of Practice:
  • Management services
  • Metallurgy and mineral processing
  • Operational management
  • Technical audit and due diligence studies
  • Training and Education
Commodity Experience:
  • Base Metals
  • Gold, Silver
  • Industrial Minerals – Other
  • Iron Ore, Manganese, Chrome
  • Nickel and Cobalt
  • Rare Earths
  • Sn-W-Ta-Nb Group
  • Uranium
  • Vanadium
Regional Experience:
  • Australia – All States
  • Brazil
  • China
  • New Zealand
  • PNG
  • Russia, CIS

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Mr Christopher Desoe
Mining EngineerAustralian Mine Design & DevelopmentMining Engineer

Chris is a director of Australian Mine Design & Development (AMDAD) and manages their Brisbane office. He is an engineer with 20 years of experience in hardrock mining and industrial minerals projects.
This experience includes involvement in evaluation, design, development, operations and research in over 70 mining projects throughout Australia, the South Pacific, South East Asia, China, West Africa, South America and Europe.

Chris has extensive computer capability, particularly in mine planning and design applications. He is skilled in the use of Surpac and Whittle mine planning software, as well as project management applications. Extensive involvement in fesasibility studies and other evaluation and design work is supported by more than 10 years’ operations experience in underground and open cut mining.

Specialities
  • Open Cut and Underground Metal Mine Planning & Design
  • Pit Optimisation
  • Feasibility and Evaluation
Areas of Practice:
  • Mining engineering
  • Technical audit and due diligence studies
Commodity Experience:
  • Base Metals
  • Gold, Silver
  • Sn-W-Ta-Nb Group
  • Uranium
Regional Experience:
  • Australia – Queensland

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Mr John Elliston

John Elliston, Senior Research Associate and Consultant, has extensive experience in exploration and successful mineral development. During many years of active exploration and while directing major exploration, mining, and geophysical companies, new basic research into the origin, mode of transport, and concentration of ore minerals was initiated. Highly successful technical results achieved in the completion of recent research contracts now enables a realistic identification of the geological factors, which indicate potential economic mineralisation.
Research findings can be applied to assist decisions on area and prospect selection and the significance of partly delineated mineralisation.

  • Interpretation of geological data
  • Recognition of the significance of mineral indications
  • Assistance with decisions to continue or curtail drilling
  • Review of geological data and assessment of its adequacy
  • Assessment of ‘prospectivity’.

By arrangement, seminars or staff training courses on:-
The basic concepts of the formation of orebodies and the rocks from which they are derived.

Qualifications
  • BSc(Chem) 1950, BSc(Hons) Tasmania 1951
  • MMICA, FAusIMM(CP)
Specialities
  • Senior Exploration Management
  • Geological Research
Areas of Practice:
  • New technology, research and development
Commodity Experience:
  • Base Metals
  • Gold, Silver
  • Iron Ore, Manganese, Chrome
  • Uranium
Regional Experience:
  • Australia – Northern Territory
  • Australia – Queensland
  • Australia – South Australia
  • Australia – Victoria
  • Australia – Western Australia
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Mr Rodney Elvish Expert Witness
MetallurgistB E EnterprisesMetallurgist

Rod is a Consultant Metallurgist and Company Director who has extensive operating and consulting experience in metallurgy and mineral processing. He is Chair of the Mineral Processing Commission of the International Mineral Processing Council (IMPC).

He undertakes a wide variety of technical and commercial assignments, often combining his broad production, management, director, evaluation and development experience to achieve project specific solutions. He takes a holistic approach, matching the metallurgy to site, geological, mining and corporate factors. A similar approach is taken to evaluating new technologies.

Areas of specialisation include:

  • project management
  •  complex polymetallic metallurgy including differential flotation
  • gold, other precious and base metals recovery
  • iron ore beneficiation
  • new process evaluation
  • gravity separation
  • liquid/solid separation

Rod consults to operations staff, company boards, financiers and lawyers. He manages feasibility studies, undertakes valuations, independent reports and advises on mergers and acquisitions.

Assignments undertaken include:

  • metallurgical evaluation of exploration projects
  • managing feasibility studies
  • Assessor, Supreme Court of Queensland
  • on site plant trouble-shooting and optimisation
  • evaluation of new processes and technologies
  • independent technical reports and expert witness assignments
  • financiers’ completion tests and technical audits
  • testwork design, supervision and interpretation of results
  • flowsheet development, costing and equipment selection

Major project works include the development of major iron ore and manganese projects in West Africa, advanced tungsten processing, project management of the Browns polymetallic project (NT), the assessment and development of resin based gold and cyanide recovery technologies and new processes for recovering gold from refractory gold ores. As Director and later Chairman of Allstate Explorations NL he was extensively involved in bringing the Beaconsfield Gold Mine in Tasmania back into operation.

Rod is a past President of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and a Councillor of the IMPC.

Qualifications:
  • FRMIT(PrimaryMet) 1970, DipGeoSc(MinEc) Macquarie 1984, Prof Cert in Arb Adelaide 2003
  • MMICA, Hon FAusIMM (CP), FIMM, FAICD
Specialities:
  • Mineral Processing & Metallurgy
  • New Technology Evaluation and Auditing
  • Due Diligence Studies
Areas of Practice:
  • Independent expert valuations
  • Metallurgy and mineral processing
  • New technology, research and development
  • Project – Management
  • Strategic planning including company acquisition
  • Tailings and waste management
  • Technical audit and due diligence studies
Commodity Experience:
  • Bauxite and Alumina
  • Base Metals
  • Gold, Silver
  • Iron Ore, Manganese, Chrome
  • Nickel and Cobalt
  • Sn-W-Ta-Nb Group
  • Uranium
Regional Experience:
  • Australia – Northern Territory
  • Brazil
  • PNG

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Dr Bradford Farrell
GeologistFarrell And AssociatesGeologist

Brad has more than 30 years broad based experience in mineral exploration and senior project management and evaluation. He commenced consulting in 1982 after working for a number of large companies particularly Anglo American in Australia, Africa and the pacific. Consulting work has led to involvement in a number of significant projects for a variety of commodities both in and outside Australia. These projects being mineral sands (Australia, Sierra Leone), sulphur (USA), diamonds (Australia, Sierra Leone), gold (Australia, New Zealand, USA) and manganese (Australia).

Director: Sun Resources NL

 

Qualifications
  • BSc Adelaide 1968, MSc Leicester 1972, PhD Leicester 1981
  • MMICA, FAusIMM (CP), MIMM (CEng), MAEG, MPESA
Specialities
  • Geology
  • Exploration
  • Geochemistry
Areas of Practice:
  • Exploration – Planning and Management
  • Exploration – Strategy
  • Exploration – Property Appraisal
  • Geochemistry
Commodity Experience:
  • Base Metals
  • Diamonds
  • Gold, Silver
  • Iron Ore, Manganese, Chrome
  • Nickel and Cobalt
  • Sn-W-Ta-Nb Group
  • Uranium
Regional Experience:
  • Australia – South Australia
  • Australia – Western Australia
  • Canada
  • Fiji
  • New Zealand
  • Pacific Islands
  • PNG
  • S E Asia (Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar)
  • United States
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Mr Philip Fillis Expert Witness
GeologistFillis Geological ServicesGeologist

Phil graduated in geology from the University of London in 1972 and in over 20 years of professional experience has participated in exploration programmes for base metals, gold, uranium and iron ore throughout Australia, South and West Africa, Europe and Canada. He was a staff geologist with major exploration companies including Esso and US Steel Corporation.
In 1984 he established his consultancy firm, Farnley Nominees Pty Ltd, now trading as Fillis Geological Services. Phil has extensive experience in technical reviews and producing documents to a bankable standard.

Qualifications
  • BSc London 1972, MSc Leicester 1974
  • MMICA, FAusIMM(CP), FIMM, CEng
Specialities
  • Exploration Management
  • Technical Reviews
    Resource Estimation
Areas of Practice:
  • Exploration – Planning and Management
  • Photogeology and remote sensing
  • Resource / Reserve estimation (inc. geostatistics)
  • Technical audit and due diligence studies
Commodity Experience:
  • Base Metals
  • Gold, Silver
  • Iron Ore, Manganese, Chrome
  • Uranium
Regional Experience:
  • Australia – Western Australia
  • Canada
  • Central Asia
  • Indonesia

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Mr Peter Goldner Expert
GeologistGoldner & AssociatesGeologist – Expert Witness

Peter graduated from Sydney University in 1967 with a Batchelor of Science Honours degree and has worked continuously as a practising geologist in numerous roles in Australia and overseas. He has extensive knowledge and experience in exploration, development and production aspects of the mining industry using a wide variety of geological and geophysical techniques; supervision and implementation of large exploration programs with annual budgets in excess of AU$18 million; provision of technical and commercial advice to client companies; target generation and country studies; exploration and evaluation of numerous deposit styles and commodities in a wide variety of geographical and geopolitical environments.
Peter is a former member of the VALMIN committee.
He has commercial experience in the negotiation of a large and diverse range of joint venture and acquisition/divestment agreements; preparation of technical reports for public documents such as prospectuses, information memoranda and documents associated with mergers, acquisitions and divestments; involvement in due diligence studies and reviews; negotiation with government departments; preparation of mining and exploration project valuations; involvement in the formation and subsequent public listing of an exploration company.
Peter was instrumental in the formation of an ASX-listed Mineral Exploration Company – Equatorial Resources Limited. He has been General Manager-Exploration of a mid-sized mining and exploration company with a geological staff of over 50 professionals, a member of the executive management committee overseeing the company’s production and exploration operations and is the Managing Director of his own mining industry consulting company.

Qualifications
  • BSc (Hons) Sydney 1966
  • MMICA, FAusIMM, FAIG
Specialities
  • Precious, Base & Specialty Metal Exploration and Development, Mineral Project and Evaluation, Independent Expert Reports, Expert Witness Services, Resource & Reserve Reviews
Areas of Practice:
  • Exploration – Planning and Management
  • Exploration – Strategy
  • Exploration – Property Appraisal
  • Resource / Reserve estimation (inc. geostatistics)
Commodity Experience:
  • Base Metals
  • Gold, Silver
  • Nickel and Cobalt
  • Sn-W-Ta-Nb Group
  • Uranium
Regional Experience:
  • All Australia
  • Indonesia
  • Philippines
  • PNG
  • United States

 

 

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Mr Paul Ingram
GeologistP A Ingram & AssociatesGeologist

Paul Ingram has headed exploration programmes for a number of clients throughout Australia and south-east Asia. With over eleven years’ experience in east Asian geology and exploration, Paul and the associated exploration and mining groups offer a sound background to the region. Originally involved in gold, tin and uranium exploration in northern Australia consulting work in recent years has been focused on gold exploration and company management in south-east Asia.
Paul and his associated groups offer a large database, support facilities and contracts in the mineral industry through Australia and south-east Asia. Director: Caledon Resources PLC.

Qualifications
  • BSc(Geo) Queensland UTech 1975
  • MMICA, MAusIMM(CP)
Specialities
  • Mineral Exploration
  • Property Assessment
    Exploration Management
Areas of Practice:
  • Management services
Commodity Experience:
  • Base Metals
  • Gold, Silver
  • Uranium
Regional Experience:
  • Australia – Queensland
  • Australia – Western Australia
  • China
  • PNG
  • S E Asia (Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar)

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Dr Gary McArthur

The first 23 years of Gary McArthur’s work experience (1971-1993) were spent as a career mine geologist, with lengthy periods at Mount Isa (Cu), Jabiluka (U-Au), Cleveland (Sn-Cu) and Hellyer (Zn-Pb-Ag-Cu). At Hellyer in Tasmania, he led the post-discovery geological team for 10 years through the drilling delineation stage, feasibility assessment, mine development and ultimately, into full production. This was followed by 5 years as part of Aberfoyle’s senior feasibility team providing geological and resource/reserve input for potential acquisition ventures and advanced exploration projects.
In the field of resource estimation, he has had lengthy experience since 1980 with the geostatistical assessment of mineral resources over a large variety of deposit styles and remains a fluent user of Datamine mining software. His association with metallurgists at Hellyer led to the development of groundbreaking advances in the often-neglected area of ore characterisation. Concurrent research on sulphide microtextures within the Hellyer VHMS deposit led to the award of Ph.D. from the University of Tasmania in 1997.
In 1998, Dr McArthur formed McArthur Ore Deposit Assessments Pty Ltd (MODA) to provide specialised consulting services in the fields of ore microscopy, resource/reserve evaluation, mine geology and data analysis. In the field of mineralogical services, either descriptive mineragraphy or quantitative mineralogy can be provided from sulphide rock samples or ground metallurgical samples. Clients can call upon Dr McArthur’s lengthy experience in all aspects of mine geology for assistance with project feasibility work, due diligence, technical audits, detailed 3-D interpretations, resource/reserve assessments or general mentoring.

Qualifications
  • BSc NSW 1971, PhD UTasmania 1997
  • MMICA, FAusIMM, MSEG
Specialities
  • Mineralogical Services
  • Resource/Reserve Estimation
    Mine Geology
Areas of Practice:
  • Mineralogical services
  • Mining geology / grade control
  • Resource / Reserve estimation (inc. geostatistics)
  • Technical audit
  • Due diligence studies
Commodity Experience:
  • Base Metals
  • Gold, Silver
  • Sn-W-Ta-Nb Group
  • Uranium
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Mr Graeme Miller Expert Witness
MetallurgistSinclair Knight Merz Pty LtdMetallurgist

With over 25 years’ experience in process plant operations, design and commissioning, Graeme has participated in the development of the minerals processing industry and the application of novel techniques to many problems. He is Process Manager for one of Australiaýs largest consulting engineering companies. He has a degree in Chemical Engineering and during the early part of his career was involved in the operation of plants for treating: gold, uranium, pyrite, sulphuric acid, diamond recovery, coal preparation and coal utilisation. His design capability covers all of these fields as well as being recognised as one of the leaders in the field of copper leaching solvent extraction and electrowinning. He is the leader of a team of process engineers who have made significant contribution to the advancement of various aspects of minerals processing and hydrometallurgy.
A fellow of the AusIMM with Chartered Practicing Status, member of SAIMM and of the Coal Preparation Society, Graeme has published over 40 technical papers in coal preparation and minerals processing. SKM provides services for the study, development, execution and commissioning of mineral processing plants and mining projects. Clients have included all major Australian mining companies and a wide cross section of the industry, in a variety of commodities.

Qualifications
  • BE(Chem) Queensland 1974 PREng (Chem) Queensland
  • MMICA, FAusIMM (CP), MSAIMM, MCoalPrepSoc
Specialities
  • Mineral Processing
  • Feasibility Studies
    Project Execution & Management
    Solvent Extraction
    Heap Leaching
Areas of Practice:
  • Coal washing
  • Flowsheet development and plant design
  • Heap Leach
Commodity Experience:
  • Bauxite and Alumina
  • Base Metals
  • Diamonds
  • Gold, Silver
  • Uranium
Regional Experience:
  • Australia – Queensland
  • Australia – Western Australia
  • Middle East (inc. Turkey, Cyprus)
  • S E Asia (Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar)
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Mr Kevin Morgan Expert Witness

Forty eight years as a geologist with governments, companies and as a consultant have provided Kevin with extensive experience in hydrogeology, climate analysis, regional geology, geochemical exploration, coal exploration and environmental geology. He commenced consulting in 1968 and in 1972 formed his independent practice which is particularly known for expertise in hydrogeology, public company reporting, valuations, waste water disposal and environmental hydrogeology.
Projects have been taken throughout the world with particular reference to Africa, South East Asia, Iran, Papua New Guinea and Russian Far East.
Kevin’s main areas of practice are in regional and arid zone hydrogeology, groundwater exploration and assessment, mine dewatering, tailings dam hydrogeology, waste water disposal, environmental hydrogeology, groundwater monitoring and statutory reporting, hydrochemistry, climate analyses and storm runoff estimation, small dam hydrogeology, and exploration property valuation.

Qualifications
  • BSc WA 1956
  • MMICA, FAusIMM(CP), FAIG
Specialities
  • Hydrogeology and Environment
  • Regional Exploration
    Exploration Property Valuations
Areas of Practice:
  • Exploration – Property Appraisal
  • Independent expert valuations
Commodity Experience:
  • Gold, Silver
  • Nickel and Cobalt
  • Uranium
Regional Experience:
  • Australia – All States
  • Canada
  • Central Asia
  • East Africa
  • Indonesia
  • Middle East (inc. Turkey, Cyprus)
  • Philippines
  • PNG
  • Russia, CIS
  • S E Asia (Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar)

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Mr Peter Robinson

Since graduating from St Lucia University in Brisbane in 1969, Peter has spent over 36 years in exploration for principally base metals, uranium and gold. His experience began during the nickel boom and carries through the uranium and gold booms. He has been in project management since 1976 and became operations manager for Urangesell schaft Aust Pty Ltd in 1979.

Peter has had over 15 years experience in Uranium exploration. He began his own consulting/contracting company in 1984 and continued managing the exploration of projects. His experience is Australia wide and in most geological provinces and ages in Australia. He prefers projects with a challenge.

Qualifications
  • BSc Queensland 1969
  • MMICA, FAusIMM(CP)
Specialities
  • Exploration Management
  • Uranium Expert,
    Metalliferous Geology, Project Generation
    Project Evaluation & Assessment
Areas of Practice:
  • Exploration – Planning and Management
  • Exploration – Strategy
  • Exploration – Property Appraisal
  • Geochemistry
  • Project – Management
  • Recruitment
Commodity Experience:
  • Base Metals
  • Gold, Silver
  • Nickel and Cobalt
  • Sn-W-Ta-Nb Group
  • Uranium
Regional Experience:
  • Australia – Northern Territory
  • Australia – Queensland
  • Australia – South Australia
  • Australia – Victoria
  • Australia – Western Australia

 

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Mr Neil Stuart Expert Witness
GeologistGeologist

With 30 years experience in the mineral industry, Neil’s career has been wide and varied. He commenced with Utah Development Co. in 1969 working in base metals, uranium and coal exploration in Australia, various African countries and Indonesia. Early in 1978 he joined Marathon Petroleum to lead their coal exploration group which became quite successful. Late in 1979, Neil launched his own consultancy practice and since then has been involved in a great variety of tasks from short term specific assignments to management of large projects carrying budgets of millions of dollars. He has also been involved in technical reporting for corporate purposes (fund raising, valuations etc). Director: Oroplata Ltd

Qualifications
  • BSc Melbourne 1970, MSc James Cook 1985
  • MMICA, FAusIMM(CP)
Specialities
  • Exploration Management
  • Base & Precious Metal Exploration
    Coal Exploration
Areas of Practice:
  • Exploration – Planning and Management
  • Exploration – Property Appraisal
  • Geochemistry
  • Resource / Reserve estimation (inc. geostatistics)
Commodity Experience:
  • Base Metals
  • Gold, Silver
  • Uranium
Regional Experience:
  • Australia – Northern Territory
  • Australia – Queensland
  • Australia – South Australia
  • Australia – Victoria
  • Australia – Western Australia
  • East Africa
  • North Africa
  • PNG

 

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