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Session 7 | Closing Plenary

Wednesday, September 27, 2023
1:35 PM - 2:45 PM
Ballroom C, Hilton Adelaide, 233 Victoria Square, Adelaide


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Jane Gray
Idemitsu Boggabri Coal

Overcoming the darkness: A new data capture method for underground face mapping

1:35 PM - 1:50 PM


Following a career in IT and mining technology, Jane studied geology, earning a first class Honours degree from University of Queensland. Her experience so far is in gold and coal exploration and mining.
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Mr Harrison Keeble
Vice President (Events)
AusIMM Tasmania Student Chapter

Applications of Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy: Ore processing and mineral exploration

1:50 PM - 2:05 PM


Harrison is a current Economic Geology honours student at the University of Tasmania. With a focus on advanced hyperspectral tools, specifically FTIR spectroscopy and the application to mineral identification beyond the SWIR and into the MIR and FIR. His study area is based mainly on the regolith of a low-sulfidation epithermal Au deposit, where he is attempting to synthesise a paragenetic model with the aid of FTIR spectroscopy and various microanalytical tools.
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Mr Christopher Darmago
Student Member
AusIMM Curtin University Student Chapter

Investigation into the relationship between flitch height and ore dilution

2:05 PM - 2:20 PM


Christopher Darmago was born in Perth, Western Australia, and attended Curtin University in 2020, where his passion to work in a field that combined technical skills with practical and hands-on applications led him to pursue his studies in Mining Engineering with the Western Australian School of Mines (WASM). Whilst completing his studies, Christopher moved to Kalgoorlie as a part of the degree requirement where he attended the WASM Kalgoorlie campus. Christopher's keen interest in understanding the practical applications his studies had within the industry led to the opportunity to have worked in four different mining operations over the course of his semester breaks, two being underground operations and two being open pit operations. His keenness to understand the dynamic nature of the mining process led to his exposure to work within the various technical service departments such as Drill and Blast, Planning and Rehabilitation as well as venturing out to other departments such as geology, surveying, and mill processing. Christopher hopes, upon the completion of his studies, that he will secure a graduate Mining Engineering position. One with a company that he feels challenges his critical thinking, whilst supporting him with a network of experienced and open-minded professionals.
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Mr Viv Naidu
Senior Mining Engineer
Resolve Mining Solutions

Q&A with Session Chair

2:20 PM - 2:35 PM


Viv is a Senior Mining Engineer with 7 years of experience working in the mining & metals industry, having been exposed to both hard rock Open Pit and Underground Drill and Blast, Production, Planning & Scheduling roles, whilst gaining practical experience in both mining methods. His experience spans primarily Gold, Copper & Zn deposits across SA, WA & NSW and he currently holds a WA First Class Mine Managers Certificate of Competency.
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Mr Alex Bozward
New Market and Innovation Manager
GMA Garnet Group

Summit Close

2:35 PM - 2:45 PM


Alex graduated from Liverpool John Moores university in 1998 as a mechanical engineer and immediately started working in the automotive industry as a materials handling system designer. From here Alex progressed through several roles and gained experience of all aspects of materials handling system delivery such as design, manufacture, assembly, delivery, installation and commissioning. In his last role before emigrating to Australia, Alex was the Managing Director of a specialised materials handling system supplier for over five years. Alex changed industry sectors in 2011 when he started a Project Management role with Sandvik and successfully delivered three of the largest bulk materials handling machines into Australia. The project had a value of circa $150 Million and was completed under budget and ahead of schedule, securing a bonus to Sandvik for early practical completion. From here Alex led the Mining System Customer Service team supporting clients with the installed base of over 100 stockyard machines in Australia. Alex is now responsible for ensuring the success of the FLSmidth Mining Systems Product Line within Australia Asia Pacific by providing full product technical and operational support across the mining and cement industries in accordance with the global product strategy.

Session Chair

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Viv Naidu
Senior Mining Engineer
Resolve Mining Solutions