Principal Mining Engineer, AMC Consultants Pty Ltd
Brian began his career as a graduate trainee with Consolidated Gold Fields Australia Ltd in 1973, followed by a three-year posting to Mt Lyell in Tasmania. He moved to Gold Fields of South Africa Ltd in 1977, spending two years at the West Driefontein gold mine and three years at the Black Mountain base metals operation, where he was involved in designing and commissioning a new mine with several different mining methods and associated mine systems.
From 1982 to 1994, Brian held various positions with Mount Isa Mines Ltd. These included Underground Manager in the lead and copper sections of the mine, Planning Manager, and Chief Mining Engineer. He oversaw the development of an in-house computerized mine planning system and spent time as a business analyst. In senior technical roles, he worked across a range of mining, mineral processing, and pyrometallurgical systems.
Brian joined AMC Consultants in 1994. He has worked in mine planning, design and scheduling, computer simulations of operations, technical audits, strategic reviews, feasibility studies, cut-off grade studies, and mine strategy optimizations in Australasia, Asia, Europe, and North America. During the last 15 years, Brian has specialized in the optimization of cut-off grades and strategic mine plans. He presents workshops on project evaluation, the theory and practical application of cut-off grades, and mine and business strategy optimization. He has authored the authoritative textbook, Cut-off Grades and Optimising the Strategic Mine Plan, published by the AusIMM in 2014.
Brian is also a sessional lecturer at Curtin University in Perth, where he presents a unit in the Master of Mineral and Energy Economics programme three times a year.