Key Contacts

Contacts

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE/AIMS DIRECTORS  
PRESIDENT  Mario Fantin president@minesurveyors.com.au   
VICE-PRESIDENT Shane Watson vice-president@minesurveyors.com.au   
SECRETARY Nicholas Baillieu secretary@minesurveyors.com.au  
TREASURER Chris Nixon treasurer@minesurveyors.com.au  
   
ADDITIONAL AIMS DIRECTORS  
DIRECTOR Callum McNaughton callum@mcnaughtonmining.com.au  
DIRECTOR Chris Moy cmoy@rixs.com.au  
DIRECTOR Julia Reynolds julia.reynolds07@gmail.com  
DIRECTOR David Ericson dericson@diversesurveyors.com.au  
DIRECTOR Brett Grocock BGrocock@landsurveys.net.au  
DIRECTOR Ken Cross ken.cross@glencore.com.au   
   
STATE SUB-COMMITTEES  
NSW (Group) nsw@minesurveyors.com.au  
QLD (Group) qld@minesurveyors.com.au  
WA (Group) wa@minesurveyors.com.au  
   
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT REPRESENTATIVES  
NSW BOSSI Chris Moy cmoy@rixs.com.au  
SBQ BOARD Ken Cross ken.cross@glencore.com.au  
NSW SMIC Adrian Wall adrian.wall@riotinto.com  
CPD CHAIRMAN Alan Mellor alan.mellor@centennialcoal.com.au  
CPD Committee Trevor Collins trevor.collins@tcds.com.au  
CPD Committee Karl Harisson karl.harisson@centennialcoal.com.au  
CPD Committee Joel Wooby joel.wooby@south32.net  
   
COORDINATORS & ADMINISTRATORS  
MEMBERSHIP COORDINATOR Tinos Mutyiri membership@minesurveyors.com.au  
MEDIA COORDINATOR Julia Reynolds julia.reynolds07@gmail.com  
EVENTS MANAGER Dean Kerr dean@cimages.com.au  
WEB MANAGER Mark McShane mark@intouchweb.com.au  
WEB COORDINATOR Gary Robertson g.robertson@mineware.com  
WEB COORDINATOR Andrew Nesbitt andrew@sccsurveyors.com.au  

Jarrod JamesPROFILE

As at: May 2017

Name/ Nickname: Jarrod James

Age: 37

Family?
Single dad. Two children

Current job/Role ?
Registered Mine Surveyor Ravensworth Open Cut

What’s the best advice your parents ever gave to you?
Nothing in particular, just the way they raised me

What’s your claim to fame?
Had a world squash ranking

What makes you happy?
My children, relaxing

What makes you angry?
Ex wife

CAREER HISTORY

Career to date?
Started surveying at 18 for my father’s small surveying company. Mainly engineering surveying. Transferred to mining around 23 for a contract survey company in Singleton (Pegasus). After a few years with Pegasus I started working underground for 5 years as an assistant surveyor. While working underground I gained my survey registration and not long after started at Liddell Open Cut as the registered surveyor. I remained there for 6 years and recently moved to Ravensworth Open Cut in the same role.

Career influences?
Father

Career highlight (biggest achievement)?
First in charge role at Liddell.

Career goals?
In the meantime I’m happy doing what I currently am.

SURVEY WORK/PEOPLE

What is the best piece of survey equipment/technology/software that you have used & why?
Our recently purchased laser scanner. It’s able to accurately survey an area in a short amount of time whilst the mining equipment remains operational.

What is the oldest piece of survey equipment that you have used?
Wild T2. Used underground a couple of times and whilst studying.

Who's the strangest/funniest/unorthodox survey character that you've met so far (and why) ?
No comment

If you were the boss for a day - list 3 things you would change?
Update some of the equipment. Explore the options of a 9 day fortnight or at least 1 RDO / month. Max out the work credit card on a ‘work function’ get together

APART from $$, what factor attracts you to work in the mining industry as opposed to other survey disciplines?
Working with a large variety of people and interacting with everyone. You are not stuck in a one or two man survey party all day where you don’t interact with many people at times.

Would you recommend a career in surveying to a grade 12 school kid? If not, what career would you recommend?
Definitely. It is a great variety of field work and office work. There is always something different to do. If not surveying then Mine Engineering. Having an engineering degree is a great start to lead into many different fields in the mining industry once you realise what path you prefer.

SPORTS/HOBBIES

How do you relax?
Exercising, landscaping at home, cooking a bbq with a few drinks.

What sports do you play/ watch?
Occasionally play squash. Gym a few times a week. Enjoy watching most sports, especially ufc, tennis

What are your other hobbies outside work?
Fishing, camping, 4wding, cars.

Where would be your ideal retirement location?
Current house location would suit me fine.

Favourite food/drink?
Satay, Steak, Bourbon

Favourite movie?
The Hangover

Finally, if you were down to your last $10 what would you spend it on?
My kids

 

kencross 250Profile as at: May 2017

Name/ Nickname: Ken Cross

Age: 57

Family? (Marital status?): Married, 2 girls and 1 boy

Current job/Role?
Senior Surveyor Rolleston Coal

What’s your personal motto?
I don’t have one but I borrow other people’s from time to time.
“Whether you think you can, or whether you think you can’t, you’re probably right” – Henry Ford.
“I’ve lived through some pretty terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened” – Mark Twain.

What makes you happy?
Being in the field in winter.

What makes you angry?
Whingers


CAREER HISTORY

Career to date?
37 years - Underground Ipswich, Bowen Basin, Civils and Infrastructure, Australian Army, Open Cut, Bowen Basin.

Career influences?
All the old surveyors who put up with me in the early days.

Career shocker?
Dropping a Kern Theodolite underground and having to send it to Germany for repair.

Career goals?
Continue surveying for as long as the body and mind hold together.


SURVEY WORK / PEOPLE

What is the best piece of survey equipment/technology/software that you have used & why?
They have all been good at the time but UAVs are such a game changer. Capturing spatial information from above has always been a goal. I can’t wait for the next generation.

What is the oldest piece of survey equipment that you have used?
A Hilger Watts Theodolite and a Wild T3.

Who's the strangest/funniest/unorthodox survey character that you've met so far (and why) ?
Joe Blakey was definitely a character. Highly intelligent with an irreverent sense of humor

If you were the boss for a day - list 3 things you would change?
I wouldn’t change much to be honest, except to encourage surveyors to raise the profile of their profession at every opportunity.

APART from $$, what factor attracts you to work in the mining industry as opposed to other survey disciplines?
Mining for the most part has a great culture and history.

Would you recommend a career in surveying to a grade 12 school kid? If not, what career would you recommend?
Definitely, I would recommend Surveying, particularly to women. The changes in technology have meant that there is nothing we do that should exclude a female.


SPORTS/HOBBIES

How do you relax?
Time with my wife and family at the beach or a restaurant/bar.

What sports do you play or watch?
Trail running, hiking, shooting.

What are your other hobbies or interests outside work?
History, particularly military history WW1 and WW2.

Where would be your ideal retirement location?
South West Tasmania

Favourite food/drink?
Italian, Single Malt

Favourite movie?
The Godfather, Wedding Crashers.

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

Joel WoobyProfile as at May 2017

Name/ Nickname: Joel Wooby

Age: 31

Family? (Marital status?): Married

Current job/Role?
Mine Surveyor - Appin Colliery

What’s the best advice your Parents ever gave to you?
Be yourself

What’s your personal motto?
Live each day as if it's your last

What makes you happy?
My wife, watching sport

What makes you angry?
Watching sport


CAREER HISTORY

Career to date

  • 2009-2010: Illawarra Coal Graduate Surveyor
  • 2010-2013: Illawarra Coal Assistant Surveyor
  • 2013-2016: Nominated Mining Surveyor - WestCliff Mine
  • 2016-Present: Mine Surveyor - Appin Mine

Career Influences
John Coll

Career highlight (biggest achievement)?
Accurate holing of West Cliff Colliery into Appin Mine

Career shocker?
None to date

Career goals?
To have a long and successful career as a Mine Surveyor, hopefully in the Illawarra region


SURVEY WORK/PEOPLE

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

What is the oldest piece of survey equipment that you have used?
Steel band

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 ...???)
Need new total stations

If you were the boss for a day, what would you change?
Guaranteed survey vehicle, greater recognition of survey achievements

Would you recommend a career in surveying to a grade 12 school kid? If not, what career would you recommend?
Yes for sure, good opportunity to work in an industry with a good mix of technical work and physical elements, working as part of a team and as an individual.


SPORTS/HOBBIES

How do you relax?
Spend time with my wife

What sports do you play/ watch.
Play golf and cricket, watch Rugby League

What are your other hobbies outside work?
Trying new restaurants, exploring hidden pockets of Sydney

Where would be your ideal retirement location?
Balmain - love the inner west lifestyle

Favourite food/drink?
Fresh seafood, gin and tonic

Favourite movie?
Fast and Furious franchise

Finally, if you were down to your last $10 what would you spend it on?
Ham and cheese croissant and a coffee

brett grocock 300PERSONAL PROFILE
As at October 2016

Name: Brett Grocock
Nickname: Big B
Age: 38

Family? (Marital status?)
Married to Anna with two young girls (Paige and Ellah)

Current job/Role?
Mining Services Manager for Land Surveys. I get to meet a heap of people and find solutions for my clients – best job I have had!

What’s the best advice your parents ever gave to you?
Never burn a bridge, stab someone in the back or lie. Keep a sense of humour and treat others how you would like to be treated.

What’s your personal motto?
“You make your own luck” & “Success only comes before work in the dictionary” & ”Say yes to opportunity”

What makes you happy?
Glorious spring days where the temperature is just right

What makes you angry?
Inconsiderate and bigoted people

What's the most romantic thing you've done?
Bought my girlfriend (now wife) a case of her favourite wine after she mentioned it in passing on our first date. I attached a note asking her to share it with me!

Career History

Career to date?
15 years a contract surveyor working all over Australia. Spent a heap of time doing expat work in Canada, Ghana, Tanzania, Armenia, Bulgaria, The Philippines, Indonesia and Pakistan. It has been interesting!

Career Influences?
Been a contractor my whole career, every site you visit you learn something new. It might be a new way to wash the car, or to splice stope surveys – you are always optimising how you do things based on new information.

Career highlight (biggest achievement)?
Surveying 80 square kilometres of desert in Pakistan with a GPS mounted on the roof of a vehicle. Plenty of busted tyres and vehicles bogged with self-sufficient solutions.

Career shocker?
Mixing up northing and easting on a local 10,000N 10,000E grid for a 280m backfill hole – late afternoon, windy and raining – no check. Never made that mistake again!

Career goals?
More time with the wife and kids, respect of my peers, financial independence of banks and employer.

Survey Work / People

What is the best piece of survey equipment/technology/software that you have used & why?
Love working with gyroscopic theodolites and least square adjustments!

What is the oldest piece of survey equipment that you have used?
I have had a few offsiders that have needed a fair bit of lubrication to get going the night before due to seized joints!

Who's the strangest/funniest/unorthodox survey character that you've met so far (and why) ?
I worked with a guy in Canada that carried a big knife in the bush (for Bears! - I suggested he get a longer range defence strategy in place). He also wrote screen plays about cosmic transcendence and was convinced that he was going to make it big in Hollywood.

What's the most contentious survey issue in your workplace at the moment?
UAV operators doing aerial surveys for volumes – with no survey experience or understanding – Youtube university does not make you a surveyor!

If you were the boss for a day - list 3 things you would change?
Increase accountability to your team mates – fail to do something that you said you would do and you let everyone down! Upskill all of my staff with UAV tickets and qualifications leading to authorisation. Allow my staff time to chase survey related passions at work – let them get creative and interested and passionate then see what awesome stuff they produce.

APART from $$, what factor attracts you to work in the mining industry as opposed to other survey disciplines?
The travel, and the people. The night before departing for a big job a long way from everywhere, I still get “contractors excitement”. You are nervous and excited for the unexpected, but know you have the skills to deal with it!

Would you recommend a career in surveying to a grade 12 school kid? If not, what career would you recommend?
Yes, great opportunities for travel and office/outdoor mix.

Sports/Hobbies

How do you relax?
Riding my bike, playing with the kids on the trampoline

What sports do you play/ watch?
Snow boarding when I get the chance, bike riding, AFL

What are your other hobbies outside work?
Shed time and gadgets/technology

Where would be your ideal retirement location?
A manageable sized farm, with cows and a creek, 15 minutes from a reasonable sized town and an hour from a capital city – by the coast.

Favourite food/drink?
Chickens stuffed with Lemon on the spit, Coopers Pale Ale, red wine, milk.

Favourite movie?
The Martian

Finally, if you were down to your last $10 what would you spend it on?
Something I could make modest improvements to quickly and easily to sell for a profit – then repeat.

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PROFILE
As at: October 2016

Name/ Nickname: Chris Nixon

Age: 36

Family? (Marital status?)
Married with 3 beautiful girls

Current job/Role ?
NSW Survey Manager at FYFE

What’s the best advice your parents ever gave to you?
Tell the truth

What’s your personal motto?
Buy the best and look after it

What makes you happy?
No stress

What makes you angry?
Doing a job twice – because the engineer made a mistake. Check your work!
 

Career History


Career to date?
Over fifteen years surveying experience, including twelve years of mining and quarrying and three years of civil, cadastral and hydrographic.

Career influences?
Len Solomon – the first mine surveyor I worked with. A great role model and gentleman.

Career highlight (biggest achievement)?
Becoming an Unrestricted Mine Surveyor in NSW

Career shocker?
Having a digger on a dump after pegging the wrong line – learnt from that mistake!

Career goals?
To be respected by my peers as a competent and reliable surveyor.

 

Survey Work / People


What is the best piece of survey equipmenttechnology/software that you have used & why?
Maptek I-Site Studio software. So powerful, intuitive and fun to use.

What is the oldest piece of survey equipment that you have used?
A steel band – at uni.

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 …???)
Lack of training due to the “economic climate”.

If you were the boss for a day - list 3 things you would change?
Implement better machine guidance on all equipment on site
Restructure the organisation
BBQ lunch to lift moral

APART from $$, what factor attracts you to work in the mining industry as opposed to other survey disciplines?
Being able to stay up with the latest surveying technology

Would you recommend a career in surveying to a grade 12 school kid? If not, what career would you recommend?
Definitely. Surveying has allowed me to travel the world on numerous occasions, keep up with the latest technology and meet some great characters along the way. It has a great mix of outdoors / indoors work.

 

Sports/Hobbies


How do you relax?
Playing with the kids

What sports do you play/ watch?
Tennis at the moment

What are your other hobbies outside work?
Restoring an old car

Where would be your ideal retirement location?
Sunshine Coast looks good

Favourite food/drink?
Anything seafood

Favourite movie?
The Bourne trilogy

Finally, if you were down to your last $10 what would you spend it on?
I think Chris Moy got it right: “Ice creams for the wife and kids.”
 

 

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AIMS POSTAL ADDRESS

Australian Institute of
Mine Surveyors Limited
PO Box 828
Singleton NSW 2330

ABN: 82 099 981 334