Organised by:

The AusIMM

Platinum Sponsors:

Atlas Copco



Celebrating 40 years

Keynote Speakers

Lena AbrahamssonLena Abrahamsson

Professor, Luleå University of Technology

The mining worker of the future - the impact of technology on people and their concepts of work and gender

Lena Abrahamsson is Chair Professor in Human Work Science at Luleå University of Technology. She has been doing research on workplace safety, learning and workplace culture in mining companies in Sweden and Australia and is today active in several projects all focusing on better work environment, health and safety, sustainable development and gender equality in mining companies and regions. She is Vice Dean for the Faculty of Science and Technology at Luleå University of Technology. She is also a member of the Advisory Council of the Swedish Work Environment Authority as well as Vice Chair of Forte (Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare).

Mark AdamsMark Adams MAusIMM

Kaama Consulting

Australian contract mining - an operators' perspective of the future

Educated in the UK with a BSc (1st Class Honours) in Mining Engineering and MSc in Mineral Exploration; Mark commenced his career in 1977 at Chingola in Zambia. Following single contracts in Zambia and Botswana, Mark immigrated to Australia to begin a thirteen year career with Mount Isa Mines.

There he worked in a number of mine operating and technical positions of increasing seniority before leaving to become the first Manager Mining for BHP World Minerals’ Cannington Project.

He left Cannington in 2000 as its first General Manager after having been responsible for its physical construction, organisational development and first three years as a mining business.

Mark then spent seven years leading multi-site mining, processing and refining operations with Sons of Gwalia (gold), WMCR Nickel (nickel), and Iluka Resources (mineral sands).
Returning to hard rock mining in 2008 he joined Australia’s largest underground mining contractor Barminco as its first Chief Operating Officer following its sale to private equity interests. In 2011 he returned to Queensland to take responsibility for the closure of MMG’s Century operation and the development of its Dugald River project.

Following a year in Zambia as Chief Operating Officer for Konkola Copper Mines plc, Mark has returned to Australia and is currently working for Newcrest Mining at its Gosowong operation

Mark is a Member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM), and has been involved as an Underground Operators’ Conference committee member and chair since 1997.

He has served as one of the two Deputy Chairs of the AusIMM’s Joint Ore Reserves Committee (JORC) and a Board member of the Australian Centre for Geomechanics for a number of years.

Dale ElphinstoneDale Elphinstone

Executive Chairman, Elphinstone Group

Elphinstone - the first 40 years

Dale Elphinstone is the Executive Chairman of the Elphinstone Group. Dale has considerable experience in the engineering, manufacturing and heavy machinery industries, and among other things is one ofthe longest serving Caterpillar dealer principals in Australia. Dale was a director of Caterpillar subsidiary, Caterpillar Elphinstone Pty Ltd until December 2008. Dale was also a director of formerly publically listed companies Queensland Gas Company Limited from October 2002 to November 2008, National Hire Group Limited from February 2008 to December 2011 and the Tasmanian Health Organisation (NW) from July 2012 to June 2015. Dale is currently a director of publically listed company Engenco Limited and a member of the Joint Commonwealth & Tasmanian Economic Council which is chaired by the Prime Minister.

Gideon ChitomboGideon Chitombo MAusIMM

Professor and Chair of Minerals Industry Engagement (BRC), Sustainable Minerals Institute

Personal ruminations and insights - Underground Metalliferous Mining

Dr Gideon Chitombo recently appointed as Professor and Chair of Minerals Industry Engagement is the Technical Director of the Mass Mining Technology (MMT) project. The MMT project followed the International Caving Study (ICS) formed in conjunction with the industry including acknowledged mining experts Dr Dennis Laubscher and Dr Alan Guest (former De Beers) with Itasca USA as a major research partner. The two projects have been focusing on critical reviews of conventional caving design approaches, collation of common caving practice, and more importantly the understanding of the caving fundamentals which are caving mechanics, gravity flow, fragmentation as well as confined blasting as applied to sublevel caving.

Dr Chitombo was also instrumental in the formation of the Hybrid Stress Blasting Model (HSBM) designed to develop a numerical model of the blasting process which combines a detonation code to a geomechanical code based on the Itasca PFC3D code.

His current and long-term interest is on future mass mining methods which are likely to include large cave mines (Supercaves), ultra-deep pits and well as in-place mineral recoveries. His other interest continues to be on fundamentals of rock breakage and damage.

Professor Gideon Chitombo, based at the WH Bryan Mining and Geology Research Centre (BRC), Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI) at The University of Queensland, received the ATSE Clunies Ross Award on Thursday 14th June 2012 for his contribution to improving efficiency and effectiveness of mineral extraction. He also serves as a member of European Programme for " Innovative Technologies and Concepts for the Intelligent Deep Mine of the Future".

As the world searches beyond its shallow ore deposits, Professor Chitombo is working with the mining industry to develop and optimize low cost, high capacity mass mining methods to access minerals at depths of greater than 1,000m and approaching 2,000m.

Joe Luxford FAusIMM(CP)Joe Luxford FAusIMM(CP)

Trident Project & Mining Services

Australian contract mining - an operators' perspective of the future

Joe graduated in mining engineering from RMIT and joined the Zinc Corporation at Broken Hill in 1974.  Joe’s underground mining and project management experience around Australia includes shaft sinking, mine development and construction and coal and hard rock mining operations.  He has practiced as both a metalliferous and colliery mine manager.

Joe established Trident Project & Mining Services in 1999 and has provided contract and project management services to a range of clients in Australia and internationally.  He is also a qualified arbitrator, mediator and expert determinator and has been involved in numerous dispute resolutions.

Michael QuinlanProfessor Michael Quinlan

Partner, Oceania Climate Change and Sustainability Services Leader, UNSW Australia

Learning from failure - pattern causes of fatal incidents in high hazard workplaces

Professor Michael Quinlan is a leading international expert in occupational health and safety and has served on a number of government advisory bodies as well as undertaking tasks for industry and unions and speaking at industry conferences.

From 2004 - 2005 he was appointed as an expert member of the Wran/McLelland inquiry into mine safety in NSW. From 2003 - 2007 he undertook a study of OHS inspectorates in Queensland, Victoria, Tasmania and Western Australia. In 2006 - 2007 he was part of the independent investigation into the fatal rock fall at the Beaconsfield Gold Mine in Tasmania and subsequently undertook three independent audits of the Tasmanian mines inspectorate in 2010, 2012 and 2014. In 2011 he prepared three reports on mine safety for the New Zealand Department of Labour as part of the Royal Commission into the Pike River Mine Disaster. From 2012 - 2013 he served on the Expert Reference Group advising the New Zealand government on the implementation of new mine safety legislation. Since 2014 he has been an expert member of the New Zealand Extractive Industries Advisory Group which advises government on the implementation of mine safety laws. He is the author of the widely respected book Ten Pathways to Disaster: Learning from Fatal Incidents in Mines and other High Hazard Workplaces, Federation Press, Sydney, 2014.

Paul RousePaul Rouse MAusIMM

Chief Executive Officer, PYBAR Mining Services Pty Ltd

Revolving doors

Paul is Chief Executive Officer and a founding Director of the PYBAR Group. As a mining engineer with over 40 years’ experience in underground mine design, planning, mine management, production and development, Paul has seen his company grow from humble beginnings to now employing over 900 people.

Headquartered in Orange, the privately owned PYBAR Group encompasses the wholly owned PYBAR Mining Services (underground contractor) and HMR Drilling Services (underground and surface), and associated companies JTMEC (mine electrical) and PJL (mine equipment and maintenance). This confirms Paul’s vision of providing a comprehensive mining service.

Recently, another associated company, Diversified Minerals, has acquired the Henty Mine in Tasmania and the Dargues Gold Mine in NSW, as well as funding equity in other projects, further expanding the footprint of the PYBAR Group