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Robert Adamson
GeologistGeologist

Bob Adamson commenced consulting in economic geology in 1993 following 25 years in technical and management positions with the CRA, Newmont, BP Minerals and Cluff groups.
He is experienced in the exploration and mining of base metal and gold deposits throughout Australia, New Zealand, southern and eastern Africa, northern Asia and northern Canada and has had significant involvement in the discovery and development of gold and base metal mines in several of these regions. He is also experienced in diamond and semi-precious stone exploration (especially eastern Australia).

Bob specialises in exploration appraisals and project management with emphasis on best-practice drilling and sampling procedures, the recording of data and the development of practical geological models of mineral deposits. He conducts geological audits of mineral resources and ore reserves for the appraisal and/or valuation of exploration and mining properties, with a focus on the geological aspects that impact mine profitability.
Clients include major mining companies, merchant banks and legal firms, and junior exploration companies in Australia and internationally. He presently provides part-time executive services to Klondike Source Limited, a gold exploration company listed on the Newcastle Stock Exchange.
His assignments extend to technical appraisals and valuations of exploration and mining properties in satisfaction of ASX and ASIC requirements, and as an expert witness in mining litigation.

Documents
Qualifications
  • BSc Canterbury 1963, MSc(Hons) Canterbury 1966
  • MMICA, MAusIMM(CP)
Specialities
  • Gold, Base Metal & Diamond Exploration & Management
  • Geological Audits of Resources and Reserves
    Mineral Property Valuations
Areas of Practice:
  • Exploration – Planning and Management
  • Exploration – Property Appraisal
  • Independent expert valuations
  • Literature surveys and data compilation
  • Resource / Reserve estimation (inc. geostatistics)
  • Technical audit and due diligence studies
Commodity Experience:
  • Base Metals
  • Diamonds
  • Gemstones
  • Gold, Silver
  • Nickel and Cobalt
Regional Experience:
  • Australia – All States
  • Canada
  • China
  • New Zealand
  • PNG
  • Russia, CIS

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Dr John Bryan

John Bryan, now Executive Chairman, was Managing Director of McElroy Bryan Geological Services Pty Ltd (MBGS) from 1979 to 1997. He joined that consulting group in 1970 following several years of post graduate study and a period of regional mapping with the NSW Geological Survey. Since 1970 he has been involved with numerous coal exploration and coal mining ventures, mostly in Australia but also overseas. Recent assignments, personally undertaken by John, have included a large number of coal resources and reserves audits, assessments of coal exploration areas in NSW and Queensland, appraisals of operating coal mines and reviews of coal exploration programs.
Overall supervision of the geological staff at MBGS for 20 years, and assistance with a wide range of exploration programs, has provided a very comprehensive background of coal resources and reserves in Australia. Clients over the last 10 years have included major corporations involved with coal mining, small companies undertaking grassroots exploration, and consulting engineers.

Specialities
  • Coal Resource Assessment
  • Coal Geology
Areas of Practice:
  • Exploration – Planning and Management
  • Exploration – Property Appraisal
  • Resource / Reserve estimation (inc. geostatistics)
Commodity Experience:
  • Oil Shale
Regional Experience:
  • Antarctica
  • Australia – Queensland
  • Australia – Western Australia
  • Canada
  • Indonesia
  • New Zealand
  • PNG

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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 John Dunlop Expert Witness
Mining EngineerJohn S Dunlop & AssociatesMining Engineer

John is a mining engineer, whose first 20 years of professional experience was obtained as a mining company employee, rising through the ranks from machine miner to the level of General Manager Operations.

His experience spans both surface and underground mining applications in the hard rock, metalliferous field, where he holds current Mine Management Certificates of Competency (1st Class).

He has consulted on a full time basis since the early 1990’s in most fields of mining engineering, but principally project feasibility, operations management, mine design and valuation, technical audits, merger and acquisitions, corporate advice and expert witness work.

Assignments worldwide have included temperate, arctic, high altitude and tropical locations, whether high rainfall or arid.

John matriculated with honours in French and Russian, but also has some Bahasa, Melanesian Pidgin, Arabic and Spanish.

He is a Board Member of MICA and a former director of the AusIMM.

Documents
Qualifications
  • BE(Min)(Hons) Melbourne 1971
  • MEngSc Melbourne 1979
  • P CertArb Adelaide 2001.
  • MMICA, FAusIMM (CP), FIMM, MCIM, MSME
Specialities
  • Mining Engineering
  • Project Feasibility & Technical Audits
  • Extensive International Experience
Areas of Practice:
  • Independent expert valuations
  • Mine planning and design
  • Strategic planning including company acquisition
  • Technical audit and due diligence studies
  • Tenders and contracts
Commodity Experience:
  • Base Metals
  • Gold, Silver
  • Iron Ore, Manganese, Chrome
  • Nickel and Cobalt
Regional Experience:
  • Australia – Western Australia
  • Central Asia
  • Eastern Europe
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • New Zealand
  • Pacific Islands
  • Philippines
  • PNG
  • Russia, CIS
  • S E Asia (Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar)
  • South America – other

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Mr George Edwards Expert Witness
ManagementSAI Global LimitedManagement

Over 40 years’ experience covers coal and coke research (BHP), coal utilisation and marketing (Joint Coal Board), marketing and market development (Coal and Allied) and Chairman/Chief Executive (Consol in Australia) and Chairman (Standards Australia).
Started Consultancy on 1st January 1985 and subsequently involved in a coal mine acquisitions/sales (for self and others), management of mining operations, coal utilisation and marketing, trading coke coals and coal blends, property evaluations and feasibility studies, industry overviews and strategies, government relations, energy studies, coal preparation, information services and corporate govenance/risk management.
Director: SAI Global Limited

Qualifications
  • BSc(Tech) NSW 1967
  • MMICA, FAusIMM (CP), FFAICD, FEI (UK), FAIE, CEng
Specialities
  • Coal Utilisation, Marketing & Sales
  • Property Evaluation/Feasibility
    Mine Equity Purchases/Sales
    Corporate Governance, Risk Management
Areas of Practice:
  • Coal washing
  • Independent expert valuations
  • New technology, research and development
  • Strategic planning including company acquisition
  • Technical audit and due diligence studies
Commodity Experience:
  • Gold, Silver
Regional Experience:
  • China
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • New Zealand
  • S E Asia (Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar)
  • United States

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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 Patrick Hanna
GeologistHanna Consulting ServicesGeologist
Qualifications
  • BAppSc (Geol) NSW 1976
  • MMICA, FAusiMM (CP)
Specialities
  • Coal Geology
  • Resource Estimation, Evaluation and Audits
  • Exploration Project Management
Areas of Practice:
  • Exploration – Planning and Management
  • Exploration Project Management
  • Resource / Reserve estimation (inc. geostatistics)
Regional Experience:
  • Australia – Queensland
  • China
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • New Zealand
  • Russia, CIS
  • S E Asia (Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar)
  • United States

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Mr Michael Lawrence Expert Witness
GeologistMINVAL Associates Pty LtdGeologist

Mike Lawrence

Mike is an economic geologist with some 48 years’ international Minerals Industry experience, who provides independent valuations of exploration and mine properties, project technical audits and dispute resolution solutions.  He specialises in due diligence and mineral property technical appraisals and valuations in an ADR or litigation context, involving a very wide range of commodities [eg, coal, iron ore, base metals, nickel, gold, bauxite, phosphate, aggregates, industrial minerals, dimension stone and gemstones.

He has been a mining and geological consultant to the metalliferous, coal and quarrying industries as CEO of international resource consultancies’ regional operations [eg, the French Government’s BRGM/SEREM and the UK Robertson Group], until 1991 when he founded Sydney-based Minval Associates.

He has been widely recognised by the Industry as an independent, highly ethical expert (MICA Medal, Honorary Fellow AusIMM & FAIG, 1999, President AusIMM and its Beryl Jacka Award recipient).

He authored 99 technical papers (to end 2013), particularly on aspects of valuation, due diligence, risk, ethics and professional liability.  He has made major contributions to AusIMM’s VALMIN Code since 1991 and development of AusIMM/MICA Alternate Dispute Resolution Scheme.  Appointed 2008 to NSW Ministerial Land Access Arbitration Panel (reappointed to June 2017).

Qualifications
  • BSc(Hons1) UNSW 1966,
  • GradDipPublicSectorMgt NSWIT 1985,
  • CertArb&Med 2000,
  • MAIMVA(CMV), MMICA, FAusIMM(CPGeo), FIMM(CEng), FAIG, MIAMA
Specialities
  • Technical Assessments, Audits and Valuations
  • Exploration Strategy, Planning & Management
    Alluvial & Hard Rock Geology
Areas of Practice:
  • Exploration – Planning and Management
  • Exploration – Property Appraisal
  • Government and public relations
  • Independent expert valuations
  • Resource / Reserve estimation (inc. geostatistics)
  • Technical audit and due diligence studies
Commodity Experience:
  • Bauxite and Alumina
  • Base Metals
  • Diamonds
  • Gemstones
  • Gold, Silver
  • Iron Ore, Manganese, Chrome
  • Nickel and Cobalt
  • Sn-W-Ta-Nb Group
Regional Experience:
  • Australia – Western Australia
  • Indonesia
  • New Zealand
  • Pacific Islands
  • Philippines
  • PNG
  • S E Asia (Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar)

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Dr David Tyrwhitt
GeologistDS Tyrwhitt & AssociatesGeologist
 An economic geologist with over forty years of exploration and mine management experience, David was director of exploration and later CEO with Newmont (1981-1988) then CEO with Ashton Mining for three years (1988-1991) until setting up in practice as a consulting geologist.

Exploration and mining of gold and diamonds, base metal exploration background in Australia, SW Pacific, SE Asia, China, India, Indonesia, North America, Eastern and Southern Africa.
Directorships: Astro Mining NL, Bay Resources Limited, Quantum Resources Limited. Johnsons Well Mining NL, Gutnick Resources N.L. Major consulting role with several Gutnick network companies and Normandy Anglo Asia Joint Venture 1992-96.
Last three years’ focus has been on gold and base metal projects in China with consulting role with Sons of Gualia (Tantalum), Ivanhoe Mines Limited (gold, copper, nickel and PGM), Anglo American (base metals) Anglo Platinum (PGM).

Qualifications
  • BSc(Hons) Bristol 1959, PhD Leeds 1966
  • MMICA, FAusIMM(CP), FSEG(USA)
Specialities
  • Gold Exploration In Australasia
  • IndoChina, China & Indonesia
    Gold Project & Mine Resource Audit
Areas of Practice:
  • Exploration – Planning and Management
  • Exploration – Strategy
  • Exploration – Property Appraisal
  • Management services
  • Strategic planning including company acquisition
Commodity Experience:
  • Base Metals
  • Diamonds
  • Gold, Silver
  • Nickel and Cobalt
Regional Experience:
  • Canada
  • China
  • East Africa
  • Fiji
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • New Zealand
  • Pacific Islands
  • Philippines
  • PNG
  • S E Asia (Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar)
  • United States

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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 Robert Yeates Expert Witness
Mining EngineerROB YEATES & ASSOCIATES PTY LTDMining Engineer

Rob is a mining engineer and management consultant with over 30 years’ experience in the design, operation and management of mines. Since 1997 he has been principal of a consulting business offering services generally in the field of mine management. Services offered include feasibility studies, mine, project and company valuations, strategic planning, industrial relations, marketing and other management services.
Rob initially started with Peko Wallsend Ltd, working in open cut and underground copper, gold and tungsten mines before moving to coal. During that time he worked in various production, engineering, supervisory and marketing positions. Joined Oakbridge Ltd in 1989, firstly being responsible for marketing (1989-1991), then development (1991-1993), and then as Managing Director (1994-1997) responsible for all operations.
During this time he gained experience at senior levels in all aspects of mine management including exploration, marketing, finance, foreign exchange, insurance, business and strategic planning, budgeting, joint ventures, industrial relations, legal, environmental management, safety and project management.
From 1994 to 1997, Rob was on the NSW Minerals Council Executive and Chairman of their Environmental Committee. From 1993 to 1997 he was on the boards of the coal terminals at both Port Kembla and Newcastle and involved in all aspects of coal transportation from mine to customer. In 1992 and 1993 he was also Managing Director of Great Northern Mining NL a listed alluvial miner.

Qualifications
  • BE(Hons)(Min) NSW 1971, PhD NSW 1977, MBA Newcastle 1986, Coll Mgr Cert NSW
  • MMICA, FAusIMM (CP), FAICD
Specialities
  • Company Acquisition : Investment Strategy
  • Feasibility & Valuation Reports
    Commodity & Marketing Studies
    Coal and Iron Ore
Areas of Practice:
  • Mining engineering
Commodity Experience:
  • Base Metals
  • Gemstones
  • Gold, Silver
Regional Experience:
  • Australia – Queensland
  • Indonesia
  • New Zealand

 

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