Two More Reasons to Attend the 6th ESG Microseismic Symposium for Mining this June

Sunday, June 2, 2013 - 12:00am to Wednesday, June 5, 2013 - 11:45pm

ESG is pleased to welcome Andre van As (Rio Tinto) and Douglas Morrison (CEMI) as Distinguished Keynote Speakers for the 6th Microseismic Symposium and Workshop, taking place in Kingston, Ontario from June 2-5, 2013.

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Andre van As
Chief Advisor Geotechnical Engineering & Cave Mining, Rio Tinto

As Chief Advisor for Geotechnical Engineering and Cave Mining at Rio Tinto in Australia, Andre oversees geotechnical studies, operations support, development of internal guidelines and standards in cave engineering, and research and development in the areas of rock mass characterisation, ground support systems, cave monitoring systems and cave management systems.

Andre moved to Australia in late 1996 where he worked as a geotechnical engineer, in the development and operation of Australia’s first block cave mine  - Northparkes Mines’ E26 Lift 1 block cave.  At Northparkes Mines he instigated and managed a unique and successful cave inducement program using hydraulic fracturing to accelerate cave propagation.  In the field of mine seismology, Andre was involved in the design and operation of the Northparkes, E26 Lift 2 seismic monitoring system, which is world renowned for providing an extensive, high quality seismic data set for a block cave mine.

From mid-2003, Andre worked for Rio Tinto’s Technology and Innovation group as a geotechnical consultant for Rio Tinto’s underground caving projects and operations.  Prior to joining Rio Tinto, Andre worked for De Beers Consolidated Mines in South Africa.

Douglas Morrison
President and CEO, CEMI

As President and CEO for the Centre of Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI), Douglas is focused on developing a comprehensive approach to innovation in mining that will minimize future environmental impact, enhance the social fabric of communities living close to mines, and meet the current needs of the industrial economy in order to develop a globally sustainable society. 

Prior to joining CEMI, Douglas spent 14 years in the deep nickel mines of the Sudbury Basin, where he became the Superintendent of Rock Mechanics and Mine Design at Inco (now Vale) followed by 15 years as a consultant at Golder Associates working on strategic design, productivity, and safety issues in mines around the world. 

Throughout his career he maintained an advisory or Board role with Canadian research organizations such as CAMIRO and MIRARCO that are engaged in delivering innovation to the mining industry.  In late 2010 he was appointed the role of Vice President and in 2011, the Chair in Holistic Mining Practices at CEMI. In 2012, Douglas was announced as the President and CEO for CEMI.