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Mr Colin Donegan
Mining EngineerColmine ConsultingMining Engineer

Colin Donegan joined the mining industry in 1976 as a trainee mining engineer with Elcom Collieries at Newstan Colliery. In 1981 he graduated top of all streams of engineering at UNSW and was awarded the Institution of Engineers Australia Award for his efforts.
By 1982, Colin had obtained his 1st and 2nd Class Coal Mine Manager’s and Mine Deputy’s Certificates. In 1983 he relocated to Western Australia to gain valuable Open Cut experience at Griffin Coal’s Muja Mine, which was then, the deepest black coal open cut in the world, operating the world’s largest fleet of hydraulic excavators.
Colin was appointed as Assistant Superintendent at Wambo in 1986 with operational and planning responsibilities for the Underground, Open cut and Preparation Plant. During his nine years there, Colin developed and implemented the plans to take that operation from 1.2 to 4.0 million tonnes per annum, preparing and administering the contracts involved. He also served a total of six months as Acting General Manager.
In 1995 Colin was appointed Manager of the Glendell Project, modifying the Development Consent, progressing all mine approvals, completing the mine planning and selecting the equipment and contractor. Unfortunately this project was deferred due to prevailing coal prices at the end of 1997. Colin now has his own consulting company and is pursuing a number of coal mine developments in his own right.
He has a wealth of senior experience with 21 years at Manager level or above. He has exceptional skills in mine planning, industrial relations, equipment selection and management. He is also well known for his innovative approach and lateral thinking to problem solving.
Colin’s greatest asset is the depth to his very broad experience, allowing him to view a problem from a very broad perspective but at the same time understanding the detail involved, resulting in solutions to problems that encompass all contributing factors.

Qualifications
  • BE(Min) UNSW 1981, Coal Mine Mgr Certificates, NSW, WA
  • MMICA, MAusIMM, GMIEAust, MAIME
Specialities
  • Coal Mining
Areas of Practice:
  • Mine planning and design
  • Mining engineering
  • Project – Management
  • Project planning and management
Regional Experience:
  • 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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Mr Tom Kendall Expert
MetallurgistMetallurgist

Tom Kendall is a Consulting Engineer with 25 years’ experience in mining, mineral dressing and heavy industry. He has specialist expertise in materials handling, underground mine infrastructure, heap leach and CIP technology. Tom gained his initial nine years operations experience in underground mines, mineral beneficiation plants and quarries with WMC Resources and CSR Readymix, and is the holder of a WA Quarry Manager’s Certificate of Competency.
Tom has fifteen years experience as a consulting engineer in Kalgoorlie, culminating in the merger of Kendall Engineers with Sinclair Knight Merz in 1997. He left Sinclair Knight Merz in 1999 to take control of Holtfreters, a general engineering works based in Northam WA, which has been servicing WA industry for 50 years. The Holtfreters project office in Perth was established as a result of Tom’s joining Holtfreters and is undertaking engineering design and consulting work as well as smaller turnkey design and construct projects.
Tom has undertaken a wide variety of exciting projects in his career. Some involved full project design and management of mine infrastructure and treatment plants such as Bellevue and Higginsville in the WA goldfields. Others have been ground-breaking projects such as using mechanical ore sorters to separate nickel ore from gangue and the design of a high pressure pumping system to de-water the Golden Mile beneath the Kalgoorlie Super Pit in a single 700 metre vertical lift through a suspended pipe.
With most of his experience gained in close proximity to the operations of the eastern goldfields of WA, Tom has a ready appreciation of the potential impact of design philosophy on operating costs and life cycle costs.

Qualifications
  • BE, MEngSc, MBA
  • MMICA, CPEng
Specialities
  • Process Design
  • Project Management
    Materials Handling
Areas of Practice:
  • Flowsheet development and plant design
  • Materials handling
  • Management services

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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 Geoffrey Pitkin
Mining EngineerPitkin Mining Consultants Pty LtdMining Engineer

Fields of special competence: Long and short term planning of open cut coal mines. Development and application of computerised planning techniques for mine design, scheduling and equipment simulations. Management and coordination of team studies requiring a wide range of technical expertise. Mineral economics and its application to exploration, feasibility studies and mine planning. The application of a broad range of mining technologies including both continuous and discontinuous methods and equipment.
With more than 20 years experience in the New South Wales and Queensland coal industries Geoff has a background in both open cut and underground operations, new mine development and the preparation of feasibility studies. In working for BHP, TDM (Nebo and Riverside), MIM (Newlands), Warkworth and Sinclair Knight, he has developed particular skills in the areas of dragline operations, the application of mining technologies, mineral economics, software development and project management.
Since becoming a consultant in 1990 Geoff has managed and performed: major feasibility and prefeasibility studies; technical reviews; financial studies and valuations; equipment comparisons and justifications; rehabilitation studies; and short and long term planning.

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Qualifications
  • BE(Hons) NSW 1978
  • MMICA, MAusIMM (CP)
Specialities
  • Mine Design and Planning
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Economics and Valuations
Areas of Practice:
  • Independent expert valuations
  • Mine – Appraisal
  • Mine planning and design
  • Project – Management
  • Scheduling
  • Strategic planning including company acquisition
  • Technical audit and due diligence studies
Regional Experience:
  • Australia – Queensland

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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 Zdenek Vesely Expert Witness
Mining EngineerVesely & Associates Pty LtdMining Engineer

Dennis Vesely has acted as a consultant in Construction Engineering since 1984 to clients that include project, civil and mining contractors, owners, design consulting firms, and other organisations. Services provided include first principle estimates of major, smaller or complicated projects to the mining and civil sectors, both in underground and surface works. Other related services from input into design, contractual matters, planning and project startups were also provided.
Projects include very long tunnels, deep mine shafts, open cut mines, river diversions, concrete and earth/rock dams, highways, concrete structures, hydroelectric works, marine works, railways, treatment plants, asset evaluation and the like. Plant and equipment evaluation, selection and operating costs are derived for equipment such as fast hard ground tunnel boring machines with continuous conveyors, slower shielded EPBM, pipe jacking, roadheaders, drill jumbos, large earthmoving plant, cranes, marine units; together with attendant service and associated equipment.
Various assignments include work on projects in all Australian States and several countries in Asia, the Pacific and Africa. Much of the overseas work has been conceptual in nature requiring practical definition for later stages in investigation, design and tender documentation.
After graduation, he worked with major civil and mining contractors beginning with field work such as the last major Talbingo Dam in the Snowy Mountains Scheme, the St Lawrence Seaway Canal in Canada, railway tunnels in Melbourne and Sydney, bridges and other projects. Field and project engineer positions lead to that of project manager. Later within head office of contractor organisations, the position varied from planner through to chief estimator. The work continued on projects such as deep shafts and declines, tunnels, cable-stayed bridges, power stations in Australia and overseas.
He has a particular interest in putting projects together technically, commercially and with good rapport with his fellow participants in management, designers and field workers.
He is a member of AUCTA that is jointly sponsored by AusIMM and IEA.

Qualifications
  • BE (Civil) UNSW 1966
  • MMICA,  MAusIMM, FIEAust, PE (Ontario), RPE (Qld)
Specialities
  • Project Construction Engineering and Management
  • Estimating Tenders
    Underground & Surface Work
Areas of Practice:
  • Infrastructure – Mine facilities
  • Project – Management
  • Tenders and contracts
Regional Experience:
  • Australia – Queensland
  • Canada
  • China
  • Fiji
  • Indonesia
  • New Zealand
  • Pacific Islands
  • Philippines
  • PNG
  • S E Asia (Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar)

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Dr Brian White Expert Witness
Mining EngineerTennent, Isokangas Pty LtdMining Engineer

Brian has more than 35 years experience in the minerals industry covering both underground and surface coal and metalliferous mining and quarrying. He has held senior managerial and planning positions in gold mining in Ghana, coal in NSW and mine development in WA. His practical experience includes extensive periods of project management covering a wide and diverse range of new mine development and expansion both in operations and in planning and feasibility. He has also gained a wide experience in environmental management and pollution control activities in mining and mine development.
Brian has been involved with the provision of consultancy and R & D management services both as an academic and in industry embracing a wide range of projects and countries. Since joining Tennent, Isokangas Pty Ltd in 1990 Brian has been involved with a diverse range of projects, frequently in the role of study manager/leader. These have included feasibility studies, technical audit and due diligence review, and valuation of coal, gold and base metal operations. He has also prepared insurance underwriter’s mine assessment reports, acted as an expert witness, and provided services in support of R&D activities including the taxation concessions.
Brian is a former Chairman of MICA and former Councillor/Board Member of The AusIMM. He still serves on a number of committees of the AusIMM including the Ethics Committee.

Qualifications
  • BSc(Hons), PhD, MBA, Mine Mgr Cert UK, NSW, WA, Qld
  • MMICA, FAusIMM, FIE(Aust), FIMM, MAIME, MIQ, MAUCTA, FAIM, RPEQ
Specialities
  • Project Management
Areas of Practice:
  • Mining engineering
  • New technology, research and development
  • Project – Management
  • Technical audit and due diligence studies
  • Training and Education
Commodity Experience:
  • Base Metals
  • Gold, Silver
  • Nickel and Cobalt
Regional Experience:
  • Australia – Queensland
  • Australia – Western Australia

 

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