Background

Experience: since 1974
Qualifications: B.Sc (Hons.1), Ph.D, Cert. Explosives
Principal activities: to provide expert geoscientific advice on geological, petrographic, engineering, scientific and mining problems<
Principal clients: geotechnical companies (e.g. SMEC, Coffeys, BHP, GHD, Douglas Partners, Golder Associates, RCA, AGL), architects, builders, construction managers, project managers, stone  processing and quarrying companies, stockbroking firms, local and international banks, governments, research organizations, councils, other consulting firms, mining companies

Major areas of expertise:

  • stone selection (assessment of quality, suitability, cost, availability, technical information) and presentation
  • report on cost benefits based on stone selection (type, thickness, colour, texture, size, finish)
  • test stone (critical analysis of stone quality); includes analysis of geotechnical characteristics, performance assessment as per destined function, relationship of stone to design, durability
  • evaluate quarries and quarrymasters to ensure appropriate workmanship for the supply of quality stone
  • review procedures of all activities in stone production (e.g. explosives use) and in processing
  • establish and maintain quality control on stone at different stages - from quarry blocks, through processing, testing, shipping, supply and fixing; includes random and final inspections
  • maintain close liaison with client, architect, engineers and construction managers during all stages of stone supply and installation
  • instigate production schedules (quarrying, processing, fixing)
  • prepare meaningful specifications and tender documents relating to natural stone
  • review tenderers, their documentation and the quality assurance programmes of all stone suppliers
  • locate, delineate, evaluate and assess potential quarry sites; commence quarries; review  progressive quarry development to ensure continued viability
  • advise on best quarrying techniques for granite, marble, sandstone, etc; train personnel in all aspects of quarrying
  • advise on most appropriate quarrying equipment and machinery given the location
  • procure supply of all Australian granite, marble and sandstone for construction and landscaping
  • provide documentation, on the repair, reconstruction and preservation of natural stone in buildings, statues and monuments
  • locate exact source of original building stone for restoration or reconstruction; establish supply; extract required stone
  • assess concrete structure/composition and causes of failure
  • assess, test and examine quality control on sand for industrial purposes and construction
  • assess, test and review quality control on blast furnace slag products; suggest improvements
  • prepare environmental impact statements for quarries and pits
  • assess stone for slope stability control in highway construction, as well as dam, tunnel, subway and airport runway construction
  • litigation involving geoscientific matters (expert witness)
  • problem assessment (trouble-shooting) in all areas utilizing or exploiting natural stone
  • provide guidelines on the training of personnel in a wide range of analytical techniques, sampling and drilling procedures related to diamond/sapphire exploration and exploitation (Asia) 
  • undertake specific mineral commodity reviews
  • undertake complete tenement evaluations and development of drilling/exploration programmes 
  • assess local and regional potential of mineral resource in relation to tenement acquisition

Involvement with some noteable building/construction projects:

  • New Parliament House (Canberra)  - ($A 1.2 billion)
  • Sydney Harbour Tunnel   -  ($500m)
  • Kuala Lumpur City Centre/Petronas Towers  -  ($4 billion)
  • Dubai Metro Railway System
  • Australian American War Memorial (Canberra)
  • King George V Memorial (Canberra)
  • Australian War Memorial (Canberra)
  • Army Memorial (Canberra)
  • National Police Memorial (Canberra)
  • Civic Advance Bank Building (Canberra)
  • Duntroon (Canberra)
  • National Science & Technology Centre (Canberra)  -  ($25m)
  • Garran Offices (Canberra)
  • Governor Phillip Tower (Sydney)    -  ($800m)
  • Civil & Civic Tower (Sydney)   -  ($60m)
  • Sydney Opera House carpark
  • Benelong carpark (Sydney)
  • ANZ Bank (Sydney)
  • AMP Building (Sydney)
  • ANZ Bank (Melbourne)   -  ($300m)
  • Dandenong Redevelopment (Melbourne)  ($260m)
  • Commonwealth Government Offices (Brisbane)
  • Terica Place (Brisbane)
  • Comalco Building (Brisbane)
  • Sheraton Hotel (Brisbane)
  • AMP Place (Brisbane)
  • Brisbane Square (Trittons Develoment)
  • UQ/CSIRO Microbiology Centre (Brisbane)  -  ($105m)
  • City Hall (Brisbane)
  • King George Square (Brisbane)
  • Hastings Street (Noosa, QLD)
  • Queensland Parliament House (Brisbane)
  • GPO (Brisbane)
  • Brisbane International Airport and Airport Link
  • Commissariat Store (Brisbane)
  • St Stephens Chapel (Brisbane)
  • Queen St Mall (Brisbane)
  • Hay St and Murray St Malls (Perth)
  • Neville Bonner Building (Brisbane)
  • Hayman Island Resort
  • Admiralty Quays, Brisbane CBD
  • Commonwealth Taxation Office (Townsville)
  • Lautoka Fisheries Project (Fiji)
  • Vanuatu AirportHong Kong Tower
  • Abu Dhabi International airport
  • Mt. Weld REE/phosphate project (WA)
  • Australian Spaceport (QLD)
  • Northwest Shelf gas project (WA)
  • Gorgon Gas Project (WA)
  • Oakajee Harbour Development (WA)
  • Ok Tedi (Papua New Guinea)
  • Kapit Dam (Lihir, Papua New Guinea)
  • Mauritius tunnel
  • Malabar/North Head outfall tunnels, Boomerang, Bondi, Berowra, and Nepean Tunnels (NSW)
  • Parramatta-North Ryde rail-link (NSW)
  • Albury (NSW), Vasse (WA), Wallerawang (NSW), Goonyella (QLD) and Upper and Lower Hunter Valley (NSW), and Gunnedah (NSW) coal projects
  • Thompson (VIC), Moona Plains (NSW), Tully-Ravenshoe (QLD), Cotter (ACT), Traveston (QLD), Yerrabi and numerous other dams in Asia and Africa
  • Prestige private residences in Toorak (VIC), St Kilda (VIC), Vaucluse (NSW), Point Piper (NSW), Redcliffe (QLD), Riperion Centre (QLD), Tennyson (QLD), and Hamilton (QLD)
  • Super-luxury development in Repulse Bay, Hong Kong
  • Also many roads, cuttings, embankments, foundations, shafts, canals, etc. and numerous building stone and aggregate quarries in all Australian states, Portugal, France, Germany, India, China and South-east Asia.