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mick harris 2018 2PERSONAL PROFILE

Updated as at September 2013

Name/ Nickname:
Mick Harris

Age: 42

Family? (Marital status?)
Married , 3 children

Current job/Role ?
Director & Registered Surveyor SEAM Surveys

What’s the best advice your Parents ever gave to you?
Honesty’s the best policy.

What’s your claim to fame?
Drank a jug of beer standing on my head at Uni.

What’s your personal motto?
Look after your kids they’ll choose your nursing home.

What makes you happy?
Barbeques and beers with good mates, pars on the golf course and my kids.

What makes you angry?
Engineers with poor planning skills, and people full of BS.

Describe your ideal woman and what makes a woman beautiful?
My wife hates shopping, that’s a rare and beautiful thing.


Career History

Career to date?
Engineering Surveyor & Cadastral Surveyor various places
South Blackwater Coal Open Cut and Underground,
Contract Mine Surveyor BE Wilson Surveys at Moranbah North,
Manager/ Mine Surveyor Peter Eason Surveys QLD,
Mine Surveyor Oaky Creek No.1 U/G,
Mine Surveyor Peak Downs O/C
Registered Mine Surveyor, Broadmeadow UG,
Contract Registered Mine Surveyor Moranbah North, Oaky North, Grosvenor
Cadastral and engineering surveying in Brisbane.

Career Influences?
Bryan Wilson, Chris Hayes and Andrew Devine. (Mostly bad influences)

Career highlight (biggest achievement)?
None come to mind.

Career shocker?
Drove a little too close to the back of a dragline as a youngster . Hard to see those little buggers.

Career goals?
Content to stay a Mine Surveyor.


Survey Work / People

What is the best piece of survey equipment/technology/software that you have used & why?
Precision Laser Scanner for Civil/ Plant Work, GPS/ Scanners for Open Cut, Reflectorless and Automated Target Recognition for Underground.

What is the oldest piece of survey equipment that you have used?
Wild T2 and T1

Who's the strangest/funniest/unorthodox survey character that you've met so far (and why) ?
The combination of Hayes and Devine was always good for a laugh generally the humour was directed my way.

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 …???)
The use of unqualified technicians as surveyors

If you were the boss for a day - list 3 things you would change?
A rotating roster 4 on/4 off fly in and out of the Sunshine Coast, bring back 500 card games at lunch time and extra $10 thousand never goes astray.

APART from $$, what factor attracts you to work in the mining industry as opposed to other survey disciplines?
Good hours of work and not working away from your family.

Would you recommend a career in surveying to a grade 12 school kid? If not, what career would you recommend?
Yes. But only if they enjoyed working outdoors, we don’t need more office surveyors.



How do you relax?
Beers, BBQ’s and a very occasional bet.

What sports do you play/ watch?
Rugby Union and League.

What are your other hobbies outside work?

Where would be your ideal retirement location?
Sunshine Coast

Favourite food/drink?
Hot Curries

Favourite movie?
Blood Diamond

Finally, if you were down to your last $10 what would you spend it on?
Food or beer depending on what time of day it is.

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