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Hunter Region Branch

JORC Seminar

PD Hours
Join our Hunter Region Branch for their JORC Seminar.

About this event

This event by the Hunter Region Branch will provide information on how Chartered Professionals (CPs) generate reports that estimate resources and reserves as defined by the JORC Code and what the key considerations are for these estimates from a CP's perspective.

This is an informative topic relevant for CPs (or those who wish to become CPs in the future) who estimate resources and reserves as defined by the JORC Code, as it will enhance their skills as practioners and assist with avoiding errors with estimation and increasing accuracy of estimates. 

Tentative Program:


Steve Hunt

Chair, JORC Committee
Steve is a geologist with 40 years mining industry experience, of which 20 years was directly covering the mine geology function in operations. These roles included management of close mine exploration and resource development. He also spent 10 years in developing countries as resident: Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. Steve has gained mining and exploration experience on a variety of scales, from small scale start-ups to world class operations. He has also managed major drilling and resource development programs.

On joining Rio Tinto’s technical group in 2003, he consulted across multiple Rio Tinto operations in mine geology, ore control, reconciliation, resource evaluation and Ore Reserves compliance. Steve gained experience across all Rio Tinto commodity groups including Iron, Coal, Copper, Uranium, Lithium, Borates, Bauxite, Diamonds, Ti Sands, etc. This work included Technical assessments, stage gate project reviews, discipline leadership mentoring and support.

Prior to joining AMC in March 2021, Steve was a group General Manager in Rio Tinto’s Technology division, with responsibility for global Resources and Reserves oversight and reporting. Steve also led the group Orebody Knowledge programs.

His current role is Executive Lead Technical for AMC consultants, based in Melbourne. This role co-ordinates technical consulting discipline streams across engineering and the geosciences for the global AMC community.

Steve has been a member of the Joint Ore Reserves Committee from 2005 till present, has been on the committee executive since 2010, and has been chair since 2014.

Doug Sillar

Mining Consultant, RPM Global
Doug Sillar is an Executive level Consultant with over 20 years work history in the mining Industry. His outstanding Strategic skills in the evaluation of mining projects and operations has resulted in him being sought out by clients to both challenge and enhance their thinking. He leads projects both as Project Manager and Project Director along with mentoring and guiding RPM’s emerging talent and senior mining engineers. His work has taken him across the world to undertake and review projects including, Australia, Canada, South America, Laos, India, Mongolia, Indonesia and other mining jurisdictions.

Supplementing these capabilities are core mining engineering disciplines including expertise in a wide range of areas such as life of mine planning, optimisation of mining operations, mining options studies, fleet estimation and design and scheduling. He remains a proficient user in a number of mine planning software packages including MineScape, Minex, Talpac and the RPM consulting tools suite of software which includes mine scheduling, fleet selection and economic model modules.

He has strong project financial evaluation skills and the ability to develop project financial models including capital and operating costs, discounted cash flows and project valuations. Doug has achieved a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance from Kaplan which compliments his strong technical skillset. Doug has been a Competent Person since 2010 and has worked on a range of Reserves projects both within Australia and internationally and has also prepared Competent Person’s reporting for the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

Cheryl Holz

Lead Geologist, Xenith Consulting
Cheryl has over 27 years of experience working in the coal mining industry in various roles across the Sydney Basin in NSW. She has worked on both open cut and underground deposits in the Collie Basin, Galilee Basin, Bowen Basin and Gloucester Basin completing both geological modelling, mine design and optimisation.

Cheryl has travelled internationally to South America to complete JORC Resource and Reserve Audits in a complex multi seam deposit. She has extensive Minex experience in geological modelling of complex deposits and has been responsible for resource risk assessment, exploration planning and justification, JORC Resource reporting, short-term coal quality scheduling and incorporation of in-pit structural mapping into geological models in an operational mine.

Cheryl has developed extensive experience in interpreting complex coal-bearing deposits and generating 3D models which enhances her ability to complete detailed audits. She has strength in data management and analysis (coal quality information) for resource evaluation. She has also developed exceptional client and stakeholders skills and her mature approach engages a diverse range of clients.

These skills have seen her achieve operational values and business objectives.

Darren Mathewson

Principal Processing Engineer
Darren has a BE in Minerals Processing from the University of Queensland and a BSc. Darren has worked essentially entirely in the coal industry for over 33 years.

He was employed at 6 different minesites across both QLD and NSW, by an engineering company and by equipment suppliers before forming a consultancy specializing in coal processing.

Darren has completed over 40 due diligence studies and contributed to a number of JORC reserves reports.

Luis Filardi Caneiro

General Manager, ESG Brisbane
Luis has more than 20 years of ESG, sustainability and climate change high-end services in blue chip global organisations.

He is highly-experienced in leading engineering teams and projects in many countries and industries within oil and gas, steel, EPCs, shipyards, finance, renewables (wind, hydro, cogeneration, waste to energy, fuel switch from coal to biomass), maritime, manufacturing, agricultural technology and mining supply chains.

Since his early career Luis has had extensive exposure to C-suite executives and governmental agencies. He has participated in several congresses on the development of regulatory frameworks becoming a thought leader among chambers, embassies, governments and industry through international speaking engagements.

James Bailey

Manager, James Bailey & Associates
James Bailey is the Manager of James Bailey & Associates Pty Ltd and has over 40 years’
experience in the NSW coal mining industry. His experience covers the entire spectrum
of mine related activities including planning and design, approvals, construction,
operation and mine closure.

James holds a Bachelor of Natural Resources and Master’s Degree in Business
Administration and is a Registered Environmental Assessment Practitioner (REAP).
James has directed numerous major mining (and other related industries) State
Significant Development (SSD) Applications primarily in sensitive environmental
settings on the eastern seaboard of Australia.

James regularly advises his clients on compliance management and mine closure
planning and he has considerable expertise in government and community stakeholder
consultation in relation to SSD Projects.

Bruce Atkinson

Director, Basacon Services Pty Ltd
Bruce is a specialist process engineer advising in the fields of mine water management, coal quality and coal preparation, and has been a member of the AusIMM for more than 40 years. He is a Fellow of the AusIMM and member of the Ethics Committee which deals with professional conduct complaints including alleged contraventions of the JORC Code.

Charbonnier Singleton
44 Maitland Rd (New England Hwy),
Singleton NSW 2330

Wednesday, 07 June 2023
9.00am – 4.00pm (UTC+10:00)

Date and Time

Wednesday, 07 June 2023
9.00am – 4.00pm (UTC+10:00)


Charbonnier Singleton
44 Maitland Rd (New England Hwy),
Singleton NSW 2330
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Member: Free
Student Member: Free
Non-Member: $100
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