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As at: 2014

Name/ Nickname: Callum McNaughton/ Lummox

Age: 40

Married to my gorgeous girl Trish, 3 boys & 3 girls just like the Brady Bunch. All I need now is a woody (car that is!), and her mum’s name is Alice, amazing!! Yes, it’s meant to be!!

Current job/Role?
Director SEAM Surveys – while contracting you get to see a myriad of sites, people and methods and then you have the opportunity to pull all the good bits from those experiences and create a really good knowledge or basis for your own surveying standards. Thanks to all I have had the pleasure of working with, and many more to come.

What’s the best advice your parents ever gave to you?
Not really advice more a clip under the ear when I got in strife…. I think the kids of today need a kick up the ….. more respect and less Iphone time.

What’s your claim to fame?
Winning a pallet of beer, yes that’s right, 80 cartons of XXXX.

What’s your personal motto?
Life’s too short, live it while you can, the way you want to!!

What makes you happy?
Mmmmmm… Beer mmmmmm….. and the “Perfect Margarita” and ”Jalepeno Margarita” feel the burn….

What makes you angry?
Fools (Engineers)

Career History

Career to date?

96 – 02 Oaky Creek Coal (Open Cut, No.1 and Oaky North)

02 – 08 Dendrobium Mine

08 – 11 McNaughton Mining Services

2011 - present SEAM Surveys

Career influences?
The challenges working under and alongside Chris “Run, Forrest, Run” Hayes

Career highlight (biggest achievement)?
Successfully developing and extracting in between and under old workings at Dendrobium Mine. A lot of inseam, cross measure and vertical drilling to prove workings and water body location. No major incidents and no injuries. Huge amount of work went into historical research, mine planning and risk assessments prior to and during the 4 years until area Area 1 longwall extraction completed.

Career shocker?
Slight change in orientation of an underground mine, remember your checks…..  way back when I was a pup.

Career goals?
To be paid more than an engineer, not hard these days. I know we deserve it.

Survey Work / People

What is the best piece of survey equipment/technology/software that you have used & why?
GPS, I have never caught up on so much sleep or cured so many hangovers with another piece of equipment or technology. Sunshine surveying, got to love it.

What is the oldest piece of survey equipment that you have used?
Equipment or surveyors lol!…. Equipment wise - Wild T1 and Steel Band. Thank God those days are over….. surveyor wise… Gary Stewart and old bloke who I worked with at Pike River, if he ain’t done it, it hasn’t been done – a wealth of knowledge and a great bloke to have a beer with, just a shame he’s a kiwi!!

Who's the strangest/funniest/unorthodox survey character that you've met so far (and why) ?
Hayes, now there’s a man that can drink and almost throw darts that hit the board. Will probably never find anyone else like him…

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 idea of a one man survey team u/g, it just doesn’t work or assist the business and quite possibly very risky at times.

If you were the boss for a day - list 3 things you would change?
Pay rise for the surveyors (a big one), 4 on/ 3 off roster including compulsory golf afternoon each week (may be incorporated into the 3 days off, Nah!), minimum of 1 registered surveyor on EVERY mine site.

APART from $$, what factor attracts you to work in the mining industry as opposed to other survey disciplines?
The different types of people, work places and environments that I have seen during the many years I have been working, it’s never a dull moment.

Would you recommend a career in surveying to a grade 12 school kid? If not, what career would you recommend?
Yes, it’s the best of both worlds, outdoor work when the weather is good and you need to get away from it all, ie engineers and in the office to keep the CAD and computing skills up to speed. There’s a great amount of technology within our field and more ways surveyors can enjoy their work.



How do you relax?
A good margarita by the pool (soon to be built)…. Found the “Perfect Margarita” in a lil ol’ place called Margaritaville (a restaurant chain owned by Jimmy Buffett) in Las Vegas. If I ever go back to Vegas it will be for this very reason!!!

What sports do you play/ watch?
Enjoy Latin American dancing and watching figure skating, oh yes I do, but only with my old friend Chris Moy commentating…. He’s just so knowledgeable about both subjects.

What are your other hobbies outside work?
My yard, whether I like it or not, just want it all sorted, big plans and not enough time to complete.

Where would be your ideal retirement location?
A tropical island with a pineapple and coconut plantation, lots of beaches and my gorgeous wife Trish and not another soul around!!

Favorite food/drink?
Dutch Herring, am a big fan of the little raw fish (thanks Moy Moy it’s out of the bag), or Trish’s mean brownies!! That s#!t is to die for!!

Favorite movie?
It’s a toss-up between Braveheart (of which I tried to look the part for my wedding in Jan this year to Trish) and 300. Both bloody good movies!!

Finally, if you were down to your last $10 what would you spend it on?
And another few grand to take Trish and me back to Margaritaville for the “Perfect Margarita”!! Either that or we’ll have our very own Maragritaville in the “Cott” by then….


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