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JONATHAN VAN WYK

PERSONAL PROFILE
As at November 2020

Name: Jonathan van Wyk

Nickname: Jono

Age: 31

Family: Married with 3 kids

Current job/Role? Dragline Surveyor - Yancoal, Mount Thorley Warkworth (MTW)

CAREER HISTORY

Career to date?
• Bachelor of Surveying completed in 2011
• Industry Scholarship Student with AbiGroup – 2007 to 2011 including 78 weeks on site
• Graduate Surveyor with Rio Tinto MTW/HVO/Kestrel UG – 2012 to 2013
• OC Mine Surveyor with Rio Tinto HVO – 2013 to 2017
• OC Dragline Surveyor with Yancoal MTW – 2017 to date

Career highlight (biggest achievement)?
• Mining Unrestricted Survey Registration (March 2020)

Career goals?
• Maintain a healthy work/life balance whilst working in a job I enjoy and one that keeps me learning.

Survey Work / People

APART from $$, what factor attracts you to work in the mining industry as opposed to other survey disciplines?

Big machines and the ability to have input into planning/engineering processes.

Would you recommend a career in surveying to a grade 12 school kid? If not, what career would you recommend?
Definitely. As long as they enjoy using the mathematical and problem-solving side of their brain as well as working outside.

Sports/Hobbies

What makes you happy?
Spending time with my family & friends, and being outdoors/on the water.

How do you relax?
Reading a book or a few cold beers

What sports do you play and/or watch?
Field Hockey and Waterskiing/Barefoot Waterskiing

What is your ideal retirement location?
Shoal Bay or Noosa Heads

Favourite food/drink?
A cold beer and a thick medium rare steak

 

 

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JO JENSENPersonal Profile

As at December 2018

Name: Joanne Jensen
Nickname: Jo
Age: 42

Family? (Marital status?)
One son - Single

Current job/Role?
Sales Consultant with CR Kennedy - Changing

What’s the best advice your parents ever gave to you?
Don’t go near boys.

What’s your claim to fame?
My capacity for losing my mobile phone

What’s your personal motto?
Quote from Bon Jovi “It’s my life, it’s now or never”

What makes you happy?
Hearing my son laughing

What makes you angry?
People that hurt kids

What's the most romantic thing you've done?
What is romantic?


CAREER HISTORY

Career to date?
Mine Surveyor (contract and staff) between 9-ish years
Survey sales consultant specialising in Leica Geosystems equipment - 13+ years

Career Influences?
Too many to mention.

Career highlight (biggest achievement)?
Travelling to Tanzania to help train the local surveyors.

Career shocker?
No one wants to admit that to the public...but it would have to be in my early years - Decline / incline intersecting with a significant 50cm bump in wall, fortunately not completely my fault, but survey is a TEAM effort.

Career goals?
To work on some projects where I can tell my son “my company worked on that!”

SURVEY WORK / PEOPLE

What is the best piece of survey equipment/technology/software that you have used & why?
Leica GS18Tilt Rover. Amazing that it can, without any calibration or magnetic influences, take highest accuracy RTK shots without levelling the pole…. You can get right into building corners, and pit toes without the frustration of losing lock. I am a bit biased though.

What is the oldest piece of survey equipment that you have used?
Geodimeter (ORANGE) not sure what model, single face, non coaxial laser.

Who's the strangest/funniest/unorthodox survey character that you've met so far (and why).
Phil “Bucky” Buck (RIP)….. he was grumpy, had the driest sense of humour, rarely ate lunch, and only drank cider but managed to pull out 12 hour days consistently, and he never ever complained about doing the work, maybe only complained about who he had to work with ?.

What's the most contentious survey issue in your workplace at the moment?
What are surveyors prepared to pay for support and training from suppliers. The expectation for free ongoing support, on almost a 24/7 basis, is high, whilst the insistence to supply goods at a rate palatable to companies is unbalanced….. how do we make companies understand the value of professional support on top of equipment price?

If you were the boss for a day - list 3 things you would change?
1) I would go do some field work, many sites had “bosses” that gave up on that once they got the big gig.
2) Be an advocate for further training and professional development of the team.
3) Fairly distribute the Xmas / New Year shift

APART from $$, what factor attracts you to work in the mining industry as opposed to other survey disciplines?
Speaking mostly about underground metalliferous, I like being able to structure a day, week and month’s tasks, without too many changes being made. ALTHOUGH this is only achievable with a good survey crew, and circle of conscientious professionals in the mine tech services team.

Would you recommend a career in surveying to a grade 12 school kid? If not, what career would you recommend?
I certainly would recommend Surveying to graduating year 12’s…. it was a message that came to my high school many years ago. However, I would talk more about the many forms of surveying, which is something that has only become more known to me since working as a survey sales consultant.

SPORTS/HOBBIES

How do you relax?
Wine and chat with the girlfriends.

What sports do you play/ watch?
I like to jog, but don’t think that is a sport..? I also like to watch footy and rugby.

What are your other hobbies outside work?
Reading, renovating my old house, travelling to see friends in faraway places.

Where would be your ideal retirement location?
Anywhere you buy a wine at the local deli, and can drink it in a public open space, like down the beach.

Favourite food/drink?
Chicken Parmi / Wine

Favourite movie?
Original Star Wars

Finally, if you were down to your last $10 what would you spend it on?
A pint...or two (if it is happy hour).

 

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JAMES SHERRITTPERSONAL PROFILE
As at September 2018

Name: James Sherritt
Nickname: Jimmy
Age: 33

Family? (Marital status?)
Married with 1 child (9 month old)

Current job/Role?
Registered Mine Surveyor

What’s the best advice your parents ever gave to you?
Work hard for what you want in life

What makes you happy?
Spending time with the family

What makes you angry?
Mining engineers that can’t do their job properly

Career History

Career to date?

• (2008-Present) Mine Surveyor- Mount Thorley Warkworth mine
• (2006-2007) Geodetic Surveyor LPI
• (2003-2005) Undergraduate land surveyor

Career highlight (biggest achievement)?

• Clarence Smith Jefferies award (AIMS)
• BOSSI Award

Career goals?

• Work long enough to retire comfortably
• Maintain a work/life balance

Survey Work / People

What is the best piece of survey equipment/technology/software that you have used?
Maptek Laser scanner

What is the oldest piece of survey equipment that you have used?
Trimble 4000ssi
T2

If you were the boss for a day - list 3 things you would change?

• 9 day fortnight
• 35hr working week
• Flex-time

APART from $$, what factor attracts you to work in the mining industry as opposed to other survey disciplines?
Plenty of opportunities

Would you recommend a career in surveying to a grade 12 school kid? If not, what career would you recommend?
Yes- plenty of career options in surveying

Sports/Hobbies
Motorbike riding, touch football, camping, 4wding

How do you relax?
Watch netflix

What sports do you play/ watch?
Enjoy watching the Cricket

What are your other hobbies outside work?
Homebrewing

Where would be your ideal retirement location?
Somewhere close to the beach

Favourite food/drink?
Craft Beer

Favourite movie?
The Castle

Finally, if you were down to your last $10 what would you spend it on?
Lotto ticket

 

DAN WARDProfile as at July 2018

Name:  Dan Ward

Age: 31

Family? No kids yet

Current job/Role?
APEC Mining Airobotics

What’s your personal motto?
Never accept the status quo

What's the most romantic thing you've done?
Surprise trip overseas

Career History

Career to date?
Started in UG coal Queensland, then moved to WA where I held Senior and Chief Mine Surveyor roles at various sites. From there became the Mining and UAV Manager for Land Surveyors and more recently APEC Mining Airobotics

Career Influences?
Pretty much everyone I have worked with over the years has influenced in some way or another, biggest influence would have to be the book “the mindful leader” which I try to practise its principles ever day

Career highlight (biggest achievement)?
Developing a graduate program at Land Surveyors hiring and mentoring three young graduates

Career shocker?
In my first year in UG coal, made a mistake on my calcs when turning angles, didn’t check my work on the surface and ended up taking about 10m on the wrong bearing.

Career goals?
Revolutionise the mining industry

 

Survey Work / People

What is the best piece of survey equipment/technology/software that you have used & why?
Airobotics drone solution, will revolutionise the industry watch this space

What is the oldest piece of survey equipment that you have used?
Steel band and compass

Who's the strangest/funniest/unorthodox survey character that you've met so far (and why) ?
Chris Hayes, my first Senior wouldn’t take any crap from anyone learnt a lot about how to get people out of the way

What's the most contentious survey issue in your workplace at the moment?
The professionalism and relevance of surveyors

If you were the boss for a day - what would you change?
Would offer a lot more shares and options to all staff, that way everyone has incentive about the companies performance

APART from $$, what factor attracts you to work in the mining industry as opposed to other survey disciplines?
Comradery and the ability to invest in the latest technology

Would you recommend a career in surveying to a grade 12 school kid? If not, what career would you recommend?
Potentially, a number of things need to change to future proof the Mine Surveying profession

Sports/Hobbies

How do you relax?
I don’t really, working on the farm perhaps

Where would be your ideal retirement location?
Too far away to think about that

 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE/AIMS DIRECTORS  
PRESIDENT  Shane Watson president@minesurveyors.com.au   
VICE-PRESIDENT Mick Harris vice-president@minesurveyors.com.au   
SECRETARY Jonathan Van Wyk secretary@minesurveyors.com.au  
TREASURER James Sherritt treasurer@minesurveyors.com.au  
       
   
NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS  
FINANCE COMMITTEE Julia Reynolds assistant-treasurer@minesurveyors.com.au  
DIRECTOR Callum McNaughton callum@mcnaughtonmining.com.au  
DIRECTOR Chris Nixon chris@nixonsurveys.com  
DIRECTOR Dave Ericson dericson@diversesurveyors.com.au  
DIRECTOR Dan Cherry thecherrys01@bigpond.com  
DIRECTOR Ken Cross ken.cross@glencore.com.au   
DIRECTOR Jo Jensen jo1976jensen@gmail.com  
   
STATE SUB-COMMITTEES  
NSW, QLD and WA (Group) committees@minesurveyors.com.au  
   
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT REPRESENTATIVES  
NSW BOSSI Dan Cherry thecherrys01@bigpond.com  
SBQ BOARD Ken Cross ken.cross@glencore.com.au  
NSW SMIC Stewart Stevenson stewart.stevenson@glencore.com.au  
CPD CHAIRMAN Alan Mellor alan.mellor@centennialcoal.com.au  
CPD Committee Trevor Collins trevor.collins@tcds.com.au  
CPD Committee Karl Harisson karl.harisson@centennialcoal.com.au  
CPD Committee Joel Wooby joel.wooby@south32.net  
   
AUDIT & RISK COMMITTEE  
Julia Reynolds   jreynolds@austechsurvey.com.au  
Dan Cherry   thecherrys01@bigpond.com  
Chris Moy   cmoy@rixs.com.au  
   
COORDINATORS & ADMINISTRATORS  
MEMBERSHIP COORDINATOR Tinos Mutyiri membership@minesurveyors.com.au  
WEB MANAGER Mark McShane webmaster@minesurveyors.com.au  
EVENTS MANAGER Dean Kerr dean@cimages.com.au  
MEDIA COORDINATOR Julia Reynolds jreynolds@austechsurvey.com.au  

Jarrod JamesPROFILE

As at: May 2017

Name/ Nickname: Jarrod James

Age: 37

Family?
Single dad. Two children

Current job/Role ?
Registered Mine Surveyor Ravensworth Open Cut

What’s the best advice your parents ever gave to you?
Nothing in particular, just the way they raised me

What’s your claim to fame?
Had a world squash ranking

What makes you happy?
My children, relaxing

What makes you angry?
Ex wife

CAREER HISTORY

Career to date?
Started surveying at 18 for my father’s small surveying company. Mainly engineering surveying. Transferred to mining around 23 for a contract survey company in Singleton (Pegasus). After a few years with Pegasus I started working underground for 5 years as an assistant surveyor. While working underground I gained my survey registration and not long after started at Liddell Open Cut as the registered surveyor. I remained there for 6 years and recently moved to Ravensworth Open Cut in the same role.

Career influences?
Father

Career highlight (biggest achievement)?
First in charge role at Liddell.

Career goals?
In the meantime I’m happy doing what I currently am.

SURVEY WORK/PEOPLE

What is the best piece of survey equipment/technology/software that you have used & why?
Our recently purchased laser scanner. It’s able to accurately survey an area in a short amount of time whilst the mining equipment remains operational.

What is the oldest piece of survey equipment that you have used?
Wild T2. Used underground a couple of times and whilst studying.

Who's the strangest/funniest/unorthodox survey character that you've met so far (and why) ?
No comment

If you were the boss for a day - list 3 things you would change?
Update some of the equipment. Explore the options of a 9 day fortnight or at least 1 RDO / month. Max out the work credit card on a ‘work function’ get together

APART from $$, what factor attracts you to work in the mining industry as opposed to other survey disciplines?
Working with a large variety of people and interacting with everyone. You are not stuck in a one or two man survey party all day where you don’t interact with many people at times.

Would you recommend a career in surveying to a grade 12 school kid? If not, what career would you recommend?
Definitely. It is a great variety of field work and office work. There is always something different to do. If not surveying then Mine Engineering. Having an engineering degree is a great start to lead into many different fields in the mining industry once you realise what path you prefer.

SPORTS/HOBBIES

How do you relax?
Exercising, landscaping at home, cooking a bbq with a few drinks.

What sports do you play/ watch?
Occasionally play squash. Gym a few times a week. Enjoy watching most sports, especially ufc, tennis

What are your other hobbies outside work?
Fishing, camping, 4wding, cars.

Where would be your ideal retirement location?
Current house location would suit me fine.

Favourite food/drink?
Satay, Steak, Bourbon

Favourite movie?
The Hangover

Finally, if you were down to your last $10 what would you spend it on?
My kids

 

KEN CROSSProfile as at: May 2017

Name/ Nickname: Ken Cross

Age: 57

Family? (Marital status?): Married, 2 girls and 1 boy

Current job/Role?
Senior Surveyor Rolleston Coal

What’s your personal motto?
I don’t have one but I borrow other people’s from time to time.
“Whether you think you can, or whether you think you can’t, you’re probably right” – Henry Ford.
“I’ve lived through some pretty terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened” – Mark Twain.

What makes you happy?
Being in the field in winter.

What makes you angry?
Whingers


CAREER HISTORY

Career to date?
37 years - Underground Ipswich, Bowen Basin, Civils and Infrastructure, Australian Army, Open Cut, Bowen Basin.

Career influences?
All the old surveyors who put up with me in the early days.

Career shocker?
Dropping a Kern Theodolite underground and having to send it to Germany for repair.

Career goals?
Continue surveying for as long as the body and mind hold together.


SURVEY WORK / PEOPLE

What is the best piece of survey equipment/technology/software that you have used & why?
They have all been good at the time but UAVs are such a game changer. Capturing spatial information from above has always been a goal. I can’t wait for the next generation.

What is the oldest piece of survey equipment that you have used?
A Hilger Watts Theodolite and a Wild T3.

Who's the strangest/funniest/unorthodox survey character that you've met so far (and why) ?
Joe Blakey was definitely a character. Highly intelligent with an irreverent sense of humor

If you were the boss for a day - list 3 things you would change?
I wouldn’t change much to be honest, except to encourage surveyors to raise the profile of their profession at every opportunity.

APART from $$, what factor attracts you to work in the mining industry as opposed to other survey disciplines?
Mining for the most part has a great culture and history.

Would you recommend a career in surveying to a grade 12 school kid? If not, what career would you recommend?
Definitely, I would recommend Surveying, particularly to women. The changes in technology have meant that there is nothing we do that should exclude a female.


SPORTS/HOBBIES

How do you relax?
Time with my wife and family at the beach or a restaurant/bar.

What sports do you play or watch?
Trail running, hiking, shooting.

What are your other hobbies or interests outside work?
History, particularly military history WW1 and WW2.

Where would be your ideal retirement location?
South West Tasmania

Favourite food/drink?
Italian, Single Malt

Favourite movie?
The Godfather, Wedding Crashers.

Finally, if you were down to your last $10 what would you spend it on?
A book.

Joel WoobyProfile as at May 2017

Name/ Nickname: Joel Wooby

Age: 31

Family? (Marital status?): Married

Current job/Role?
Mine Surveyor - Appin Colliery

What’s the best advice your Parents ever gave to you?
Be yourself

What’s your personal motto?
Live each day as if it's your last

What makes you happy?
My wife, watching sport

What makes you angry?
Watching sport


CAREER HISTORY

Career to date

  • 2009-2010: Illawarra Coal Graduate Surveyor
  • 2010-2013: Illawarra Coal Assistant Surveyor
  • 2013-2016: Nominated Mining Surveyor - WestCliff Mine
  • 2016-Present: Mine Surveyor - Appin Mine

Career Influences
John Coll

Career highlight (biggest achievement)?
Accurate holing of West Cliff Colliery into Appin Mine

Career shocker?
None to date

Career goals?
To have a long and successful career as a Mine Surveyor, hopefully in the Illawarra region


SURVEY WORK/PEOPLE

What is the best piece of survey equipment/technology/software that you have used & why?
Laser scanner

What is the oldest piece of survey equipment that you have used?
Steel band

What's the most contentious survey issue in your workplace at the moment?
(eg. Hours of work, $$, career path, poor planning/scheduling, technology/equipment improvements, field experience, housing, training ...???)
Need new total stations

If you were the boss for a day, what would you change?
Guaranteed survey vehicle, greater recognition of survey achievements

Would you recommend a career in surveying to a grade 12 school kid? If not, what career would you recommend?
Yes for sure, good opportunity to work in an industry with a good mix of technical work and physical elements, working as part of a team and as an individual.


SPORTS/HOBBIES

How do you relax?
Spend time with my wife

What sports do you play/ watch.
Play golf and cricket, watch Rugby League

What are your other hobbies outside work?
Trying new restaurants, exploring hidden pockets of Sydney

Where would be your ideal retirement location?
Balmain - love the inner west lifestyle

Favourite food/drink?
Fresh seafood, gin and tonic

Favourite movie?
Fast and Furious franchise

Finally, if you were down to your last $10 what would you spend it on?
Ham and cheese croissant and a coffee

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