Open Pit Mines

Western Australian open pit mining operations include:

  • Boddington Gold Mine – gold and copper mine near Boddington, WA
  • Rosemount Gold Mine – Regis Resources Ltd located in Garden Well, WA
  • Super Pit – gold mine near Kalgoorlie, WA
  • Telfer Mine – gold and copper mine in the Pilbara, WA
  • Tropicana Gold Mine – AngloGold Ashanti located northwest of Kalgoorlie, WA

Iron ore mines in the Pilbara include BHP, RioTinto, FMG, and Roy Hill.

There are also many mining companies headquartered in Perth.

Keynote Speakers

 

Robert Sharon
Director, Sharon Geotechnical LLC
Principal Geotechnical Consultant, Piteau Associates

Robert has over 35 years consulting and industry experience in mining geomechanics, following a brief interval as a welder-mechanic. He has degrees in geology and geological engineering from the University of Utah. He worked for several Utah and Colorado based consulting firms in the 1980s, primarily on projects in the open pit and underground coal mining sector in the Western US, Canada and Indonesia. This early experience included a period as manager of a rock mechanics laboratory. Mr. Sharon joined Barrick in 1988 as Sr. Geotechnical Engineer for Goldstrike Mines in Nevada. In 1998 he began providing geotechnical support to Barrick’s projects and operations worldwide. He joined Newmont’s Global Geotechnical Group in 2012 as a Sr. Director, returning to Barrick in 2014 to lead Barrick’s global corporate technical team, with responsibilities that spanned geotechnical design and performance for open pit and underground mining operations, tailings and heap leach facilities, and water management structures. In 2018, Mr. Sharon formed Sharon Geotechnical LLC, a private consulting practice with a primary focus on open pit geomechanics. Mr. Sharon also serves as a Principal Geotechnical Consultant for Piteau Associates.

 

Dr John Simmons
Principal
Sherwood Geotechnical & Research Services

John is a consulting specialist geotechnical and civil engineer trained in Australia and Canada. He has more than 30 years’ experience in applied geology, materials testing, analysis, and design and more than 10 years’ experience in research and teaching. He has worked with soft clays and coastal sediments, stiff fissured clays, sands and tailings, mine waste dumps, residual soils, extremely low to extremely high strength rocks, piled foundations, and dams, and has fieldwork, laboratory testing, and numerical modelling expertise.
John now specialises in geotechnical engineering and hazard management for open pit coal mining and has consulted widely in Australia and Indonesia.