As at September 2016
Name: Mario Fantin
Family? (Marital status?)
Married – Christine
What’s the best advice your parents ever gave to you?
Always try your best and be honest.
What’s your claim to fame?
Have lived in several States of Australia and worked in both metalliferous and coal, both Underground and Surface mines.
What’s your personal motto?
Try to learn something new every day.
What makes you happy?
Getting together with family and friends.
What makes you angry?
Lazy, dishonest people.
What's the most romantic thing you've done?
My wife will tell you I don’t have a romantic bone in my body. However she is trying to educate me!
Career to date?
1976 – 1980 Lands Dept. Adelaide, S. Australia.
1980 – 1998 Woodlawn Mine, Goulburn, NSW
1998-2000 Olympic Dam Mine, Roxby Downs, S. Australia
2000 – 2006, McArthur River Mine, Northern Territory.
2006 – 2011, Cadia Valley Operations, Orange, NSW.
2011 – 2014, CR Hutchison/Cadence Consulting Surveyors
2015 – Present, SEAM Surveys
All Surveyors I have worked with.
Career highlight (biggest achievement)?
Travelling to Chile for a Gyro Survey in the Andes Mountains.
None as yet.
Retire happy and healthy.
Survey Work / People
What is the best piece of survey equipment/technology/software that you have used & why?
Gyromat 3000 Gyroscopic Theodolite. Still fascinates me how it works, and the accuracy achievable.
What is the oldest piece of survey equipment that you have used?
Inverted image T1 Wild Theodolite.
Who's the strangest/funniest/unorthodox survey character that you've met so far (and why) ?
My first senior Surveyor, Ray Smith. Would always stop at the Loaded Dog (pub in Tarago NSW) on the way home. Many evenings spent in the doghouse when I finally got home but always had a good time.
What's the most contentious survey issue in your workplace at the moment?
Acknowledgment from other disciplines when I was working with mining companies. We are usually the connect between management and the workforce but not often recognised for that.
If you were the boss for a day - list 3 things you would change?
Comparable pay to other mining professional.
Continuing professional development for all Surveyors
Less hours/more pay.
APART from $$, what factor attracts you to work in the mining industry as opposed to other survey disciplines?
I still enjoy the challenges surveying offers, also the camaraderie between Surveyors. Also have lived and worked in some very interesting places.
Would you recommend a career in surveying to a grade 12 school kid? If not, what career would you recommend?
Yes, a great mix of office and outdoors work. Always new challenges, especially with advances in technology.
How do you relax? Watching sport.
What sports do you play/ watch? Running, bicycling in the old days, these days I just watch mostly league and soccer.
What are your other hobbies outside work? Would love a Harley, just dreaming at the moment.
Where would be your ideal retirement location? Mid North Coast.
Favourite food/drink? Will try any food, Jack Daniels.
Favourite movie? The Shawshank Redemption.
Finally, if you were down to your last $10 what would you spend it on?
An Iced Coffee Frappe with Christine at Macca’s.