AIMS Notice Board

2017 AIMS Conference Hunter Valley Review

2017 reviewThe 2017 AIMS Conference Convenor has reviewed the biggest event on the AIMS calendar - the AIMS Conference, held in the beautiful Hunter Valley of NSW - and declared it a success!

tim gavel 
Tim Gavel MC

narelle underwood

Narelle Underwood

alex mckinnon
Alex McKinnon

After AIMS was toasted internationally last year in Brisbane (at the XVI International Congress for Mine Surveying), the Hunter Valley of NSW played host to the 2017 AIMS Conference in its new month of September.

The weather gods looked upon us favourably, as we ventured to Emma’s Cottage for the Welcome Dinner. All enjoyed the food, wine and beer, as guests, partners, dignitaries and sponsors mingled, talked, laughed and danced the night away. A big thank-you to Therese, staff and band for a most delightful evening.

With the break of the new day, after a few showers had freshened the valley up, all were welcomed by Tim Gavel our MC, the conference was officially opened by Mario Fantin, followed closely by the first female Surveyor-General in Australia, Narelle Underwood, who not only gave her time for the opening, but stayed for the entire conference, another first for AIMS.

From this opening speech, followed a day of educational, insightful and challenging presentations, a real credit to the presenters.

The 2017 AGM was held in the afternoon with all AIMS Executive positions remaining unchanged for another year.

This was followed by the sponsors drinks, held in and around our most appreciated sponsors' booths. A few more fine Hunter Valley brews disappeared.

The formal dinner kicked off with some more mingling and jostling for the best tables, but once seated, all enjoyed a night of fine food, drinks and entertainment.

Congratulations to Ben Stewart (Young Mine Surveyor of the Year), Dave Ericson (Best Technical Presentation) and Katherine Lindsay, the first recipient of the Glencore/AIMS Diversity scholarship.

Congratulations also goes out to Frank Cook, who was made a fellow of AIMS at the dinner after his many, many years of service to AIMS and the mine surveying profession.

Day 2 of the conference began with an heartfelt speech by Alex McKinnon. I’m sure all were equally impressed by his story as well as his message.

It was an honour to meet Alex and his wife, Teigan. We wish them both a long and happy life together.

The presentations on Day 2 continued to impress and educate everybody, thank-you to all the presenters throughout the conference, hopefully it will inspire other surveyors to get up and be heard.

The conference concluded with dinner and golf, enjoyed by a few stayers and their families.

Thank you to Dean and Hazel from Conference Images. Your help, guidance and support ensured another superb conference.

Thank you to all our Sponsors - your support keeps AIMS alive year after year.

Thank you to the Crowne Plaza for hosting us - the food and beverages were superb.

Thank you to Mark McShane from inTouch web services, our website guru - the new AIMS Conference website was upbeat and classy. I’m sure it has found its place in AIMS for many years to come.

Thank you to all the surveyors, dignitaries and attendees over the three days. Without all of you, these events would not be possible.

See you all next year in Townsville in 2018!


Reviewed by Dan Cherry,
AIMS 2017 Conference Convenor
Thank you Dan!
  2017 conference group

 2017 conference crowd