Meet our GEOVIA Champions


Ahmed Ghaly

Ahmed is currently the Open Pit Superintendent for Centamin where he has been since 2009. Since his time there, he has been a part of the production planning team that has helped the site increase production. With nine years of extensive experience using GEOVIA software, he uses Surpac for design, MineSched for scheduling, and Whittle for Optimization. Ahmed has been involved in pit designs, dump designs, hauls roads designs, tailings storage facilities, stockpiles management, developing budgets and the LOM plans recently. Further, he has extensive knowledge and experience in production planning.

Country: Egypt 

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Alex Whishaw

Employed by renowned global mining industry consultants, CSA Global in Perth, Western Australia, Senior Resource Geologist, Alex Whishaw is considered a group specialist for Surpac and its communication with GEOVIA systems and other products. Alex has spent much of his time working in numerous geological environments across the globe, broadly stretching from exploration, mining and production to a focus on Mineral Resource estimation. Throughout his 20-year geoscientific career, he has been exposed to a substantial number of mining software packages, and GIS and database systems. He uses his coding knowledge to streamline and integrate solutions for clients. His ability to clearly understand and articulate customer requirements from technical support to management decisions has been instrumental to assist peers and Clients alike. The GEOVIA community has enabled Alex to reach a high level of Surpac capability, so he feels that the time is right to return the favour and pass on his knowledge as a GEOVIA Champion. He wants to ensure the industry is able to meet a range of challenges, whilst adopting and developing cutting-edge technology with a pragmatic approach.

Country: Australia

LinkedIn: Alex Whishaw

Atanu Bandopadhyay

Atanu has nine years of experience in the field of Exploration and Mining Geology over Pan India as well as a few experiences in South Africa and Nigeria. He attained his Master’s Degree in Applied Geology from the University of Calcutta in 2011 and started his career as a Geologist for a private firm. At present, he is a Senior Geologist for Atha Group. In this tenure, Atanu has gathered experience in various Geological software including Surpac and Minex and applying to those in the practical field with much success. His hobbies include cricket and painting.

Country: India

LinkedIn: Atanu Bandopadhyay

Badri Narayan Das

Badri Narayan Das has more than nine years of experience in mine operations, managing mine projects in the areas of planning, production, project engineering, environment safety, training and resource planning and control. He is currently a Mining Engineer for Indian Metals & Ferro Alloys Limited where he specializes in Mine Planning and Design. His area of expertise includes Underground Mine Planning by using Surpac and mine Ventilation by using Ventsim software, and also extends his full support regularly in field implementation in underground stoping, development and Ventilation. In addition, Badri Narayan Das is an accomplished writer as two of his technical papers have been published in National conference on “Current Practices in Mining and Allied Industries”, organized by the Department of Mining Engineering in Association with Society of Mining and Exploration & Government College of Engineering, Keonjhar in the year 2017 and 2018. He has First Class Mines Manager’s Certificate of Competency (Unrestricted - Metal) and received from from “DIRECTORATE GENERAL OF MINES SAFETY” INDIA .

Country: India

LinkedIn: Badri Narayan Das

Breno Magalhães

Breno has more than 10 years of mine operational experience in major Brazilian iron ore companies including Gerdau and CSN. With more than 5 years of experience with our software, he is experienced in all stages of mine planning from scoping studies to operational plans, project financial evaluation, project management and environment technical studies in accordance with international regulations. Breno’s practical consulting experience is highlighted in his approach to mine planning, operations, and mineral economics in Runge Consulting. 

Country: Brazil

LinkedIn: Breno Magalhães

Chris Marissen

Chris is a Principal Mining Engineer with over 30 years’ experience in the Mining Industry. Chris has worked in Technical and Management roles utilising Surpac and Whittle (since the late 1980’s) and MineSched (not long after its inception) in many of these roles. Chris currently uses the full suite Surpac, MineSched and Whittle on open pit projects but is also looking at underground potential. Chris is eager to get more people to utilise the support system to drive Geovia into continuing to produce quality products at an affordable cost. He is also passionate about sharing knowledge gained from his years in the mining industry as well as to help increase knowledge and efficiencies for mining professionals within their operations.

Country: Australia

LinkedIn: Chris Marissen

Erwin Bocarro

Erwin Bocarro, is a Mining Engineer for Saudi Comedat Company Ltd. with more than 13 years of experience using GEOVIA software, namely Surpac. He also uses Minex for the Company’s various business requirements. Over the years, Erwin has attained a high degree of specialization in stitching of ore lithologies, Borehole Database management, Reserve/Resource Estimation and mentoring Mining Engineers, Geologist, Surveyors, Draftsman and other Technical staff. He also received his Second Class and First Class Mines Managers Certificate of Competency. Further, Erwin is presently a member of the PolyMAAG (Mining Engineers Association) in Goa and often presents at different forums and on many occasions to The Technical Personnel of The Indian Bureau of Mines on the use of Surpac Mine Planning Software. Some of his major accomplishments include preparing/updating fully stitched eight wireframe models, which he has also attained as his specialty, for local projects and fourteen Business Development projects overseas in Iron Ore / Coal / Limestone and Bauxite in detailed due diligence.

Country: Saudi Arabia

LinkedIn: Erwin Bocarro

Franck Kabamba

Starting as a field geologist in 2008, Franck is now the Modeling Geologist for Boss Mining (ERG Africa). An enthusiastic Surpac user, he has received extensive training from the basics to specific areas such as Geological Modeling and Resource Estimation. Franck credits his efficiency in his workplace to Surpac’s capabilities, which allows him to perform quality assurance and control, geological and geostatistical analysis, resource modelling and estimation, reconciliation, and grade control. 

Country: Democratic Republic of Congo

LinkedIn: Franck Kabamba

Himalay Sharma

A young dynamic professional with well-grounded experience of 2 years in Open Cast Mine Operations and Mine Planning using GEOVIA software. He graduated in Masters of Technology in Mining Engineering from the National Institute of Technology Rourkela, where he was awarded Silver Medal for Academic Excellence. He is responsible for giving assistance for the management of project and mining operations, as well as meeting the target of production and ensuring profit generation. Specifically, he works with coal and iron-ore and uses Minex and Surpac respectively to manage these deposits. His other areas of expertise include Modelling, Pit Design, point cloud and Scheduling. He is also interested in the field of Mine Digitalization.

Country: India 

LinkedIn: Himalay Sharma

Jyoti Maharana

Jyoti is a Senior Mining Engineer with five years of experience using Surpac in mine planning. Surpac is his expertise and he uses it widely for Pit and Stope Design. It is also used in his other daily mine operations such as volume calculation of daily development and comparing it with actual volume, designing the monthly development plan for both opencast depending on our volume requirements, haul road designing, dump rearrangement, steepening of pit among others. Jyoti’s responsibilities include preparing five years pit excavation design for their opencast mine, preparing the final dump plan for the dumping purpose of their mines, preparing the mining design for common boundary with the neighbour mine, and preparing the extraction process and equipment calculation via decline for their underground mine.

Country: India 

Laxmi Chander Perelli

Laxmi is a Post-Graduate Mining engineer from one of India’s prestigious institute IIT – (ISM) Indian Institute of Technology (Indian School of Mines). Prior to entering the mining field, he was an Assistant Professor teaching Rock Mechanics, Ground Control, Mine Ventilation, Drilling and Blasting Technology, Planning & Design of Underground and Open pit coal and metal mines. He is currently a Mine Engineer for JSW Steel Ltd. (Mines Division) where he works with the Planning and Designing team for iron ore deposits of Sandur Schist belt in Karnataka, India. Laxmi uses Surpac and Whittle to perform ore body modeling, pit optimization, geostatistical analysis, and reserve estimation techniques. 

Country: India 

LinkedIn: Laxmi Chander Perelli

Luke Pritchard

Luke is currently the Senior Underground Mine Surveyor for AngloGold Ashanti where he specializes in underground mining. He exclusively uses Surpac to create, manage, and design underground mines, as well as for survey control, map tailing deposition and manage all civil works projects. He began his career in the Sunrise Dam open pit while studying, where he eventually advanced into the underground Surveying department as Senior Mine Surveyor. He has been involved in many large mining and civil projects including setting up vent rises, an underground paste fill plant, a Surface power house upgrade, and establishing three new portals. Luke is an avid Surpac user and is already recognized as an expert by his peers by teaching his colleagues the capabilities of Surpac to those who are not familiar with it. 

Country: Australia

LinkedIn: Luke Pritchard

Michael James

Michael (Mike) has more than 30 years of industry-based experience in Mining and Construction, covering Mine Technical services and Mine Management across many commodities, regions and project sizes. Being involved in Production, Planning, Exploration and Construction projects throughout Australia, Asia Pacific and European regions. Recently completing 6 years of contracts within the Philippines. Having used the GEOVIA software suite of products, Surpac, MineSched and Whittle since 1988, within this time spending 8 years as a Senior Product Specialist with Dassault Systèmes, delivering training, services and support for Surpac and MineSched in Design, Production and Schedule Planning while maintaining Environmental and Geological controls. Using analytical and methodical approach with communication skills and collaborative attitude to assist Mine operations, Schedules and Budgets.

Country: Australia

LinkedIn: Michael James

Mohamed Aboud

With more than 10 years of experience using GEOVIA software and certified in Lean Six Sigma, Mohamed is an accomplished lean mining expert. He currently works as a Geology Manager at Reliance Heavy Industries (RHI), who offers a range of services to cover all the needs of the cement industry. Mohamed’s areas of knowledge include field exploration, detailed geological and geochemical assessment, audit assistance for cement and industrial raw materials for over 25 deposits, and mine planning of 13 deposits. Using his expertise, he has managed 16 drilling campaigns and investigation studies and also has written 16 technical reports concerning raw materials evaluation and development.

Country: Egypt

LinkedIn: Mohamed Aboud

Mohamed Ali

Mohamed is a Geologist with 15 years of experience in open pit mining for Industrial minerals, Iron ore and Gold. With 10 years using GEOVIA software including Surpac, Minex, Whittle and MineSched. His experience ranges from exploration project management, geological modeling, resource estimation and competent person reporting to strategic mine planning. Mohamed worked previously with ASEC Company for Mining (ASCOM) and Titan Cement Egypt. Currently, he applies his expertise as a Geostatistician for Maaden Waad Al Shamal Phosphate Company (MWSPC) in Saudi Arabia where he is based. Mohamed is a member and Chartered Professional of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM) and is also a Competent Person for the public reporting of the Mineral Resources for various commodities as defined by the JORC Code 2012 Edition. He was involved in resource estimation and evaluation of several mineral deposits in Middle East and Africa. Mohamed has postgraduate diploma in Open Pit Mining and Quarrying from MINES ParisTech and Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Arab Academy for Science, Technology & Maritime Transport.

Country: Saudi Arabia

LinkedIn: Mohamed Mahmoud Ali

Mohamed Durand

Mohamed is an experienced geologist with six years’ experience using GEOVIA software. Currently, he works as a Resource Geologist for Wassoul'or SA, a gold exploration and production company. His areas of expertise are resources and grade control, as well as estimation and valuation of mineral resources. Durand has received training for GEOVIA software and uses Surpac, GEMS, and MineSched continuously for his role. 

Country: Mali

LinkedIn: Mohamed Durand

Moriba Traoré

Moriba began his career as a Drilling and Blast Supervisor for mines for Crew Gold Guinea Corporation (Mining Society of Dinguiraye) in 2006, where he eventually advanced to becoming the Junior Engineer of Mines in 2008. From then on, he has held various mining engineer positions for many mines, including Norgold Guinea and Moatize Mine Coal in Mozambique where he was the Senior Mining Engineer. Currently, Moriba is the Mine Planning Engineer for Bel Air Mining, where he uses Surpac regularly in his role. 

Country: Guinea

LinkedIn: Moriba Traoré

Navrit Grover

Navrit Grover is a geologist by training. He has done his masters from University of Delhi and has seven years of work experience in reconnaissance, exploration and mine planning of coal and various mineral deposits in India and Indonesia. He holds a grounded experience in using GEOVIA software i.e. Minex and Surpac and has a sound knowledge of business development activities. Currently, he is working as an Assistant Manager of the Business Development Team in Sainik Mining and Allied Services Limited, which is one of India’s major mining companies working for NTPC, SAIL and various CIL’s subsidiaries. Navrit is also an accomplished writer as he is the author of the book “Geomorphic Evolution of Landscape in Tectonically Active Area”. 

Country: India 

LinkedIn: Navrit Grover

Stephen Miller

Stephen is a passionate mining engineer who constantly seeks new mining challenges to approach. His many accomplishments are all related to learning from the past, both failures and successes and adapting those learning to face the future challenges. An avid Surpac user, Stephen currently works as a Contract Mining Engineer for Red Rock Engineering Pty Ltd (RRE) where he applies his knowledge in developing mining projects in a variety of commodities from all over the world. RRE is involved in projects at all phases from initial project evaluation while in the exploration phase right through to the review of existing operational issues and opportunities. Examples of his working history includes airleg mining in the Kalgoorlie Gold Fields, underground coal mining in Collie WA, mechanised underground mining at Renison Tin in Tasmania, open pit gold at the Mupane Project in Botswana to now working on a high technology mechanized underground project in East Germany.

Country: Australia

LinkedIn: Stephen Miller

Suryanshu Choudhury

With more than 15 years of rich experience in using GEOVIA softwares for various commodities (Copper, Cobalt, Iron, Limestone, Bauxite and Manganese etc.), Suryanshu is an accomplished individual in the mining industry. He implemented his knowledge in Surpac, Mineshed and Whittle for computerized Resource evaluation, Geostatistics, Mine planning, design, mine Optimization and Scheduling at various leading mining companies in India and overseas. Currently he is associated with Ambuja Cements Ltd (A Lafarge-Holcim Group Company) at Mumbai, India and is a certified competent person by Lafarge Holcim Group. In addition, Suryanshu continually shares his skills and expertise on information technology application in mining industry to mining and geological fraternity globally. He has published over 30 technical papers in international and national level journals and seminars. Further, he has been recognized as a distinguished mining engineer in India through receiving various awards such as Eco Friendly Mining Award, SRG Informational Technology Award, Prof HR Anireddy Memorial award and Sitaram Rungta Memorial award.

Country: India

LinkedIn: Suryanshu Choudhury

Swasthik Prabhu

Swasthik is a passionate mining engineer with specialties in Planning and Design of mines using GEOVIA software including Surpac, Whittle, and MineSched. He graduated in Bachelor of Technology in Mining Engineering from the National Institute of Technology Karnataka, Surathkal where he was awarded the Neyveli Lignite Corporation Sponsored Gold Medal for Best Outgoing Student of the Institute. Currently, he is the Junior Manager of the Mining Division in JSW Steel Limited, one of India’s largest integrated steel manufacturers, where he implements his knowledge in various disciplines including Resource Modelling, Pit Optimization, and Scheduling.

Country: India

LinkedIn: Swasthik Prabhu

Tiékoura Traore

Tiékoura is a Mine Geologist for Syama Gold Mines (Resolute Mining Ltd.) conducting research through observations, field analysis, defining mining areas, assuring productivity, ore quality, and worker safety. He is responsible for more than 30 people in his team, along with several trainees, and manages the computer data of the Geology Department. Passionate about discovering new future career achievements, he is involved in the trade union to improve the living conditions of about 500 permanent workers.  With seven years of experience using Surpac, he is knowledgeable in the areas of mine geology planning, design, control, interpretation and optimization of the geological work of the mine, mapping, modelization, compositing, and simulations. 

Country: Mali

LinkedIn: Tiékoura Traore