Name/ Nickname: Alan Mellor

Age: 50

Family? (Marital status?)
Married with 1 son

Current job/Role?
Mine Surveyor
Angus Place Colliery

What's the best advice your parents gave to you?
If it's worth doing, it's worth doing well

What's your claim to fame?
Correctly guessing the volume of the coal stockpile at AIMS Annual Conference one year - been trying ever since to repeat this, close but never quite close enough

What's your personal motto?
It's nearly the weekend

What makes you happy?
When the plan comes together

What makes you angry?
People who don't understand the importance of surveying in a project until it's too late


Career to date?
Graduate Surveyor, Craven, Elliston & Hayes Pty Ltd
Construction Surveyor, Clarke Surveys Pty Ltd
Graduate Surveyor - Mining, Craven, Elliston & Hayes Pty Ltd
Assistant Surveyor, Springvale Colliery
Mine Surveyor, Angus Place Colliery

Career influences?
All the surveyors I have worked with who have been my mentors

Career highlights (biggest achievement)?
Gaining my Certificate of Competency, surveys associated with Springvale Colliery air-shaft connection

Career shocker?
So far so good

Career goals?
Retire happy and healthy

Survey Work / People

What is the best piece of survey equipment/technology/software that you have used & why?
Geodimeter 610 (EDM measures distances underground for miles) then Leica 1102 Plus (Automatic Target Recognition makes traversing so much easier)

What is the oldest piece of survey equipment that you have used?
Wild RDS for measuring coal stockpiles - things have changed a bit since the 1980's

Who is the strangest/funniest/unorthodox survey character that you've met so far (and why?)
Too numerous to mention

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 ...???)
Together with more time set aside for training a greater appreciation of the role of Mine Surveyors with respect to the overall mining process

If you were the boss for a day - list 3 things you would change?
Own survey vehicle, more time dedicated to training for all surveyors, working less hours

APART from $$, what factor attracts you to work in the mining industry as opposed to other survey disciplines?
I still enjoy the challenges encountered and the people you work with in the industry

Would you recommend a career in surveying to a grade 12 school kid?
If not what career would you recommend?
Yes, mine surveying is a profession that encompasses a wide range of disciplines including new technologies, legislation while working within a team environment.


How do you relax?
I like to travel and spend time with family and friends

What sports do you play/watch?
Formula one motor racing, have not quite got enough money for my own Ferrari .... yet

What are your other hobbies outside work?
Watching sport

Where would be your ideal retirement location?
North Queensland, somewhere around Cairns or the Whitsunday Islands, anywhere near the beach

Favourite food/drink?
Favourite food is anything Italian, favourite drink is a cold beer ... Peroni Beer to go with the Italian food

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

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