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August 2019
What’s one aspect of the resources sector you’d like to learn more about, and why?
We asked our members what they're interested in outside their own disciplines. Danielle O’Toole MAusIMM Technical Director – Geotechnics and Mine Waste Engineering, SLR Consulting With mine closure becoming more and more prevalent, it is incumbent on mine closure professionals, regardless of their area of expertise, to become familiar with a wide array of professional practices. As a geotechnical engineer involved in mine closure I am exposed to a variety of other Read More
June 2019
How do you embed health and safety practices into your everyday work life?
We asked four professionals: How do you embed health and safety practices into your everyday work life? Trish Kerin  Director, Institution of Chemical Engineers Safety Centre Trish Kerin. For me, health and safety starts with values and attitudes. When you have safety as a core value, your attitude and therefore actions you take will be governed by this. Your attitude to safety will reflect what you do at 2 am when no one is watching. So it all starts with simple acts, Read More
February 2019
How might we attract more professionals to a career in the resources sector?
We asked some of our resource professionals: how might we attract more professionals to a career in the resources sector? Ben Fitzsimmons MAusIMM Media and Community, Hume Coal [caption id="attachment_14902" align="alignleft" width="150"] Ben Fitzsimmons[/caption] The mining industry is a marvellously challenging industry that provides professionals the opportunity to travel the globe and manage some of the world’s largest machinery in and amongst amazing feats of engineering and design. Read More
December 2018
What is the biggest change you’ve seen in the resources industry over the course of your career?
We asked some of our resources professionals: what is the biggest change you've seen in the resources industry over the course of your career? Dale Sims FAusIMM(CP) Director, DSC Geoscience As a geoscientist, the biggest change has to be how the constantly evolving and expanding technology envelope allows us to visualise, analyse, model and communicate the complexity of just about any natural resource scenario. When I started out in the early 1980s, high technology was using a Rotring pen – Read More
October 2018
Has there been a leader who has inspired you in your career, and what did you learn from them?
We asked four AusIMM professionals: has there been a leader who has inspired you in your career, and what did you learn from them? The leader that has inspired me the most is Denise Goldsworthy. She is my boss at Alternate Futures, a company she set up to facilitate collaboration and innovation in the mining industry that has strong credibility linking government, industry and research groups in order to connect solutions to problems. Denise is inspirational because she is extremely Read More
August 2018
What are some technologies, innovations or practices from other industries that we could be using?
We asked four resources professionals: what are some technologies, innovations or practices from other industries that we could be using in mining and metallurgy? Sara Prendergast MAusIMM Senior Manager – Performance Reporting APA, Orica Australia; and Director, AusIMM For our industry to harness and leverage the value available from new technologies and innovations we need to capture the talent and imagination of exceptional people and have the support of our communities. This will require Read More