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.
LinkedIn: Ahmed Ghaly
Alberto is a Senior Project Engineer at Hecla mining where he is part of the technical services team based in Coeur d’Alene Idaho. He is responsible for providing technical advice and assistance to the corporate office and operating units. He has been using GEOVIA software, including Surpac and MineSched, for 7 years. His expertise ranges from mine planning (short and long range) and mine design for both underground and open pit. In the past 4 years, he has been part of project start-up where he has supported on a range of activities such as mine design, LOM plans and budgeting, including the implementation of mine planning procedures for both underground and open pit operations at a narrow vein ore deposit. He is enthusiastic about mining and centered to help colleagues deliver successful results.
Country: United States
LinkedIn: Alberto Ramos
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.
LinkedIn: Alex Whishaw
Angelica Maria León Pedraza has training as a surveyor of Mines and Civil Engineer, with 19 years of experience in the Mining and Construction industry, covering services ranging from the collection of information in the field, to the processing, design and execution of mining planning. Angelica has participated in the development of various geological exploration processes, characterization of different minerals, reservoir modeling, pit designs, production in the exploitation front, photogrammetric and conventional topographic surveys, civil and road works execution throughout the country (Colombia). Angelica currently works as a raw materials and mining planning professional in a cement factory located in Sogamoso Boyacá, where she is responsible for optimizing the short-term planning of the different limestone mines operating in this area, guaranteeing the quantity and quality required for the process. Angelica has more than 6 years of experience in handling GEOVIA software: Surpac, Minex and MineSched.
LinkedIn: Angelica Pedraza
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.
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 .
LinkedIn: Badri Narayan Das
Barry Ndlovu is a mining engineer with over 15 years underground mining experience. He currently works for Rio Tinto as a Caving Specialist. Barry has been a GEOVIA GEMS and PCBC site expert since 2006 across multiple block caving sites including Palabora Lift I as a Superintendent Cave Management, Freeport DOZ and DMLZ as a Cave Management Technical Expert, Palabora Lift II Superintendent Mine Design and now Oyu Tolgoi Technical & Integrated Planning. He has also worked with us; Dassault Systèmes (formerly Gemcom) as a Senior Business Analyst in 2007, delivering training, technical services and support as well as consultation for GEOVIA GEMS and PCBC at various sites including Philex Mining Corporation’s Padcal site in the Philippines and Petra Diamonds (formerly De Beer’s) Finsch Mine in South Africa. His career highlights as a PCBC super user include developing meaningful multicultural relationships with operators, engineers, managers, all the way up to VPs and CEOs; working and interacting with Dr. Tony Diering and the Geovia Caving Business Unit team for the past 13 years in 4 continents and traveling to over 30 countries. Barry is keen to share his PCBC expertise and knowledge to the GEOVIA community and other caving practitioners and scholars.
LinkedIn: Barry Ndlovu
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.
LinkedIn: Breno Magalhães
Chanda Lwimba is a resource geologist with over 15 years experience mostly in the Zambian mining industry. His experience combines working on a number of mines (both underground and open pit) as a well as in mining consultancy. He was introduced to Surpac in 2007 while working for African Mining Consultants where he received specialist level training in the software. Prior to migrating to Surpac, Chanda was a datamine user. He is currently working at Mopani Copper Mines in perhaps the most complexly folded scenario on the Zambian Copperbelt. His main interests are in databases, statistics, variography and block modelling. He is especially passionate about seeing Geovia Surpac develop a module which will provide the first truly successful and 3D underground stope reconciliation solution.
LinkedIn: Chanda Lwimba
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.
LinkedIn: Chris Marissen
Eli Davies Ocloo
Eli has over 11 years of experience covering mine survey and mine planning in both greenfield and brownfield mining operations. He is currently the Unit Manager for Mine Planning in Asanko Gold Inc for the Esaase Gold Project. He has used Surpac extensively in various mine survey and mine planning task over the years to achieve various desired outcomes and recently started using MineSched for short to medium term mine planning activities. He is open to learn and share knowledge gained over the years with the mining community to help build the knowledge base of professionals across the mining space.
LinkedIn: Eli Davies Ocloo
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
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
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.
LinkedIn: Himalay Sharma
Isaac has over 13 years’ experience in the Bauxite and Gold industries and 11 years’ experience using GEOVIA software. Isaac has used Whittle, Surpac and MineSched over the past eleven years with exposure to pit optimization and scheduling (from the strategic planning perspective), Short to Long term production scheduling with MineSched and Pit designing, Blast designing, solid modelling, block modelling with Surpac. Isaac has helped with testing and feedback of GEOVIA softwares for many years and now joins as part of the official GEOVIA Champions with access to Beta testing programs.
LinkedIn: Isaac Osei
Jim has been working in the mining industry for over 25 years in both production and planning roles. The mining industry has taken him all over the world with roles in Australia, Pacific, Asia, Africa and Europe. This included living in Philippines for 10 years. The first roles with GEOVIA products were working in Ghana in 1999 and in 2006 the decision was made to purchase Surpac. Since then Jim has been a committed user of Surpac, MineSched and Whittle with specialty skills in open pit mine planning using these tools. Jim is keen to work with as many other users as possible to enhance their skills and his own. He is particularly interested in working with the software development teams on increased functionality.
John is a mining professional with over 30 years experience in all aspects of the industry, including operational management, technical planning, production, geological modelling, mineral exploration and optimization. He has spent many years in West Africa, Thailand and Laos working with and training National staff in GEOVIA products. John is a Surpac Veteran, first using the software in 1987 working for Peko Gold at Peak Hill mine in Western Australia. He recalls the days of 98 strings, 24 options, two letter alias commands and OBS files! Cross sections were printed on HP draftmasters with 8 pens, then interpreted and polygons digitized in on the GTCO tablet. The pit was optimized in Whittle with the DOS interface and designed on our 486! John Nolan has an extensive list of specialties including: Technical systems development, Open Pit & UG designs, Mine software training, TCL scripting and open pit grade control customization.
LinkedIn: John Nolan
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.
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.
LinkedIn: Laxmi Chander Perelli
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.
LinkedIn: Luke Pritchard
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.
LinkedIn: Michael James
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.
LinkedIn: Mohamed Aboud
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 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.
LinkedIn: Mohamed Durand
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.
LinkedIn: Moriba Traoré
Nadir’s is Senior Resource Geologist with more than 10 years’ experience in Using GEOVIA Surpac, Whittle, & MineSched in geological Database management, modeling, geostatistics, resource reserve estimation, and production scheduling he is signing off as qualified person (QP) for gold projects. Currently Work in Mineral resource Management Department (MRM) Sr. Operation Director office in Ma’aden (Saudi Arabian Mining company), As MRM Resource Modeler Direct responsible for All Ma’aden gold & base Metal Mine Sites & new projects in development, maintenance and updating of the mine’s resource block models and 3D resource databases. Responsible for updating and providing industry standard documentation of annual Mineral Resources & reconciliation and assist in the determination and optimization extraction of Mineral Reserves. Provide services to operations, addressing both underground and open pit requirements, and providing leadership within the Geology Department, particularly as it relates to estimation of mineral resources, reserves and optimizing extraction of mineral resources.
Country: Saudi Arabia
LinkedIn: Nadir Elnour
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”.
LinkedIn: Navrit Grover
Reno is a geologist who has worked in the mining industry for more than 30 years in mineral exploration, mine development, mining operations and providing consulting services to the mineral industry. Reno has carried out assignments in North, Central, and South America, Finland, Russia, Armenia, and China in a variety of geological environments that hosted gold, silver, copper, zinc, lead, nickel, molybdenum, uranium, PGM, and industrial minerals deposits. He currently participates as a member of the PDAC Technical Session Organizing Committee and is a member of the CIM Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves Best Practices Committee. He first started using version 3.2 of Surpac in the early 2000's. He has watched the code grow and expand and has contributed a number of comments and suggestions for improvements over the years. It is clear that while the functionality available to the Users has grown, so too have the challenges that are faced in the day-to-day activities. Given the impressive depth of talent and innovation that rests within the Users group, it is certain that we will be able to maintain the pace of innovation and development of the Surpac code so as to rise to these challenges.
LinkedIn: Reno Pressacco
Reuben Mwanza is Superintendent - Planning - Mining Operations at Mopani Copper Mines. He has experience in underground excavations, design of drill and blasting patterns, geotechnical investigation of mining areas underground, and development of cost-effective mining alternatives. He has over ten years of underground mining experience in copper and cobalt mines. His role in mine technical services is to oversee the mine planning function so as to help mining operations to achieve production targets safely and economically. Reuben is also responsible for the generation of life-of-mine plans as well as in charge of long-term mine planning for the mine he is working at. He is also responsible for generating annual budgets for the mine with regards to production volumes and development meters to be mined to support the production volume. He extensively uses Surpac for underground mine design and ring design for stoping, he also uses MineSched development and stoping schedules.
LinkedIn: Reuben Mwanza
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.
LinkedIn: Stephen Miller
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.
LinkedIn: Suryanshu Choudhury
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.
LinkedIn: Swasthik Prabhu
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.
LinkedIn: Tiékoura Traore
Wikus is a Post-Graduate Geologist from the University of Johannesburg with more than 10 years’ experience in COAL. He started his career at Sasol Mining as an Exploration Geologist, working in the Freestate and later the Waterberg coalfields of South Africa. After a short stint as an Exploration Geologist he joined Sasol Mining’s Geology Information Management team, here he was responsible for creating various seam and interbedded coal models using mainly Minex structure and resource modelling and Surpac to investigate possibilities of modelling sill and dyke structures. Wikus developed TCL scripts to complete repetitive tasks in Minex. As the current Geology Manager of the Geology Information Management Department, his department oversees the modelling process across all Sasol Mining’s operations and also upholds the integrity of the Geological Database (mainly using SQL but investigating python and R to expand functionality to users).
Country: South Africa
LinkedIn: Wikus Deventer