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As at: March 2014

Name/ Nickname: Sergio Nasato / Serg

Age: 45

Family? (Marital status?) Single, No children

Current job/Role ? Senior Mine Surveyor

What’s the best advice your parents ever gave to you? It’s your life, do whatever you want

What’s your claim to fame? Ex tobacco picker

What’s your personal motto? Stay cool

What makes you happy? Relax life style

What makes you angry? When people are wrong and blame you for their mistakes.

Career History

Career to date?
24 years survey industry in various roles in metal, coal, opencut and underground mines

Career highlight (biggest achievement)?
Setting up a drainage drive from a mountain side to break through existing workings over 1km long, and using one of the first Geodimeter 4000 system in Australia (i.e. one man system).

Career shocker?
Changing a curved decline to a flat one

Career goals?
Earn more than engineers and develop junior surveyors

Survey Work / People

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

One man system, working at your own pace

What is the oldest piece of survey equipment that you have used?
Wild T1A

Who's the strangest/funniest/unorthodox survey character that you've met so far (and why) ?
A surveyor from Tasmania that skipped underground.

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 …???)  
Amount of work that doesn’t add value to the business.

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

- Ensure engineers designs actual work/fit in the real world.

- Make sure that engineers get more than once a week dose of vitamin E (i.e. get them out of the office more often)  

- Stop putting in pegs that are never used. 

APART from $$, what factor attracts you to work in the mining industry as opposed to other survey disciplines?
The opportunity to gain experience on new technology in the surveying industry.


Would you recommend a career in surveying to a grade 12 school kid? If not, what career would you recommend?
Yes, you work outdoors and enjoy the sunshine.




How do you relax?
Laze around the house

What sports do you play/ watch?
Watch all types of football and V8 supercars

What are your other hobbies outside work?

Where would be your ideal retirement location?
Atherton Tableland in Far North Queensland

Favourite food/drink?
Any seafood and beer

Favourite movie?
Anything science fiction

Finally, if you were down to your last $10 what would you spend it on?
A couple of cold beers

About AIMS

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The Australian Institute of Mine Surveyors (AIMS) provides professional representation to government, industry and educational organisations on mine surveying issues around Australia.

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