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I have over 25 years of mining and mineral exploration expertise. As a Canadian, I started work in isolated mining camps throughout the Canadian north. As an expat, I have worked in South America and Africa. I also have green-card status in the USA.
I have worked at three start-up situations and one closure as well as steady state mines. I have also done brown-fields exploration that has lead to one producing mine. I believe that I have a unique collection of skills that especially lends themselves to situations where processes and ore genesis models are still being defined.
I have over 13 years of senior level geology management experience in both underground and open pit environments. I completely understand what it takes to manage a highly productive geology department.
I have a proven ability to do geological research to create a viable ore genesis model. I use this understanding to make good mining decisions to maximize Net Present Value for the mining company.
Surpac Software proficiency
Vulcan Software proficiency
Geotechnical data gathering and analysis
Operational Production Geology
Strong Mentoring skills
Gold and Copper Mining
Daily management of the geology department of a 40000 ton per day gold, copper and zinc mine.
Supervise a geology staff consisting of 7 production geologists and well as 45 ore spotters and samplers.
Insure that budget and forecast production is occurring in a safe and efficient manner.
Mentor the production geologists to attain best practice in ore control, mapping and field sampling. Write and implement all SOPs for these responsibilities.
Support and supervise Geo-technical Geologists when the Senior Geo-technical Engineer is offsite.
Implement the following processes to increase profitability and efficiency. MPX and GCX processes for ore block-out and reporting. ArcPad for in-pit mapping and geotechnical data gathering. Create all SOPs and insure that geologists are educated and proficient in the use of these processes.
Consult with the engineering department for all planning and forecasting processes.
Consult with the Ore Processing groups to insure maximal recoveries are maintained and optimal blends are fed into the mill.
Supervision of all stockpile activities.
Stand-in for the Chief Geologist when he is offsite.
Daily management of grade control department for an open pit gold mine operating at 280,000 tons per day.
Department grew from a start of 6 national geologists and 15 technicians to present crew of 15 geologists and 45 technicians.
Grade control department has the lowest incident/accident rate of all the production departments at Tasiast.
I was responsible for all incident investigations as well as writing most of the SOPs and JSAs.
Responsible for all grade control block models and ore block-outs
Use MP3 simulation software to calculate grade control block models.
Use Surpac software to create mining block-outs.
Use BMT balls and software to measure blast movement and adjust blockouts for production accordingly. Mentor national geologists to complete this task.
Insure that all processes are in place and operating to keep mining proceeding uninterrupted .
At the beginning of my tenure the mine to mill reconciliation was 15-20% variance. Last 8 months have seen a mine to mill reconciliation of <4%.
Geologic Mapping of mining areas
Use Adamtech cameras and software to record and digitize structural data. Mentor national geologists to do this task
Map and mentor national geologists to map in lithologies, alterations and structural data into paper maps and transfer data into Surpac databases.
Assist Engineering Department with short and medium term mining schedules.
Mentor national geologists in proper design and execution of RC grade control programs.
Create accurate and timely month end reports.
Daily Management of the Geology Department for an underground cut and fill gold mine operating at 2000 tons per day.
Start-up operation went from a department of 1 to 8 geologists and 3 technicians
Responsible for creating and writing all SOPs for the critical path processes of the Geology Department.
Insure that processes were followed and work was accurate and timely. This lead from a dilution of 12% in the first year being decreased to an average of 3% for the second and third years of my time there.
Mapping and Data Interpretation
Created all the processes for recording geologic data within Vulcan software of the daily mine advances.
Interpretation of this data to create surfaces and solids of lithologies and structural zones for future mining.
Strategic incorporation of Adamtech photogrammetry in structurally critical and dangerous situations.
Creation of a MRMR database where differing ground support techniques were applied to different qualities of rock.
Planning and execution of infill diamond drill programs and mentoring core logging as well as structural/geotechnical logging.
Creation of accurate and timely period ending reports.
Creation of Ore Block Outs for an open pit gold mine operating at 300,000 tons per day.
Insure that all production drill hole data is correctly entered and validated in the appropriate databases
Use Vulcan software to create a kreiged grade control ore model and block out mine-able blocks to report to the various processes at the minesite.
Ore Reserve Drill Planning and Execution
Insure that areas that have been under-drilled have RC drilling completed. Logged chips and entered data into the appropriate databases.
Supervise drilling contractors to insure QAQC was properly completed and that this complete project was done in accordance to Kinross safety procedures.
Geological and Geotechnical Mapping
Insure that all lithologies and important alterations were recorded in a Autocad database.
Complete Geotechnical Cell Mapping on all highwalls with differing lithologies to insure safe bench angles during lay-back mining.
Daily Management of Geology Department of an underground longhole open stoping mine operating at 3000 tons per day.
Creation of short term ore block outs and assist in year end ore reserve calculation using Vulcan software
Geologic and Geotechnical mapping of all underground headings
Planning and execution of all underground diamond drill programs.
Logging of core and assuring QAQC was properly conducted.
Split responsibilities for the near site exploration at the Lupin Mine in Nunavut Canada and various exploration projects in Chile as well as production geologist at Lupin.
Generation of drill projects and keeping databases current
Daily management of diamond drilling and RC dilling projects
Logging core and chips from drilling and conducting hole surveys
Geological and geotechnical base mapping within project areas and creation of 2D and 3D maps and cross-sections.
Budget reviews and report writing
Daily mapping and development control of underground ore headings.
Supervision of sampling projects underground and keeping access sampling databases current.
Geological data analysis of mapping and sampling data to generate ore and lithological solids within a Vulcan software platform.
Generation of tonnage and grade and mining block reports with production engineers to create rolling three month production forecasts.
Geologic Analysis and Interpretation
Reduced dilution from 12% to 3%
Accomplished by recognizing exactly what the controls of mineralization were and documenting these accurately
Ore reconciliation of <4% variance
Accomplished by recognizing the differing ore lithologies blast differently and BMT was introduced to track blast movement.
Develop a chip logging and interim face mapping program at Bisha. Integrate this process into the GCX ore blockout process to better define ore zonations and aide in geological interpretation.
Staff Mentorship and Management
Large staff with highly variable skill sets
Critical skills identified and individuals lacking these skills were individually mentored to insure they could achieve standards
Highly skilled individuals were identified and given more freedom and responsibilities
Develop a Performance Management Review Process at Bisha where geologists have established responsibilities and metrics for measuring their development
Develop new organizational structure for the Geology Department with clear developmental pathways for national staff.
Honors Degree in Geology