Tarni Riggs – Rio Tinto
Tarni Riggs was appointed general manager Resource Evaluation for Rio Tinto’s Iron Ore group in 2011. As general manager of the largest Resource Geology group within Rio Tinto, she is responsible for 270 employees and up to 400 contractors. Tarni looks after a large regionally focussed team in the Pilbara of Western Australia and manages evaluation and exploration programmes, geophysics, survey and earthworks, evaluation camps and one of the largest drilling programmes in the world with 40 projects totalling greater than 600,000 metres. Her responsibility also spans across significant geological, metallurgical, hydrological and geotechnical projects planned throughout the Pilbara. During her time in Resource Evaluation, Tarni has led her team on an improved safety journey which has focussed on contractor collaboration and front-line leadership, resulting in a reduction in AIFR (All Injury Frequency Rate) from 4.0 to 0.70.
Tarni’s career spans 20 years, most of which has been with Rio Tinto (formerly with Hamersley Iron) after a stint in gold exploration. In
her early career, she was one of a handful of female geologists working in exploration in the Goldfields in and around Kalgoorlie, and built
significant resilience working in remote areas with minimal facilities and a requirement to prove herself in a new frontier for women. She
holds a Geology degree (BSc, Applied Geology) from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Victoria.
GARY CAVANOUGH – Drilling Exploration Technology
Gary Cavanough from the CSIRO in Queensland will provide an overview of the DET CRC (Deep Exploration Technology Cooperative Research Centre) function and activities including the Centre’s background, program/project structures and some of its exciting results and plans.
SIMON BENNISON -The Future for Exploration & Mining
Simon Bennison is the CEO of the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC), the peak industry representative body for mineral exploration and mining companies throughout Australia. Simon’s presentation will discuss reasons behind current capital raising difficulties; federal policies that hinder investment; and the need for greenfield exploration.
PAUL QUILLIGAN – The Axle Loading Conundrum
Paul Quilligan’s career over the last 35 years has been in the automotive maintenance and repair industry as a service and fixed operations manager. At DRILL 2012, Paul will talk about Chain of Responsibility (COR) and Fatigue Legislation; and how all parties involved in the operation of heavy vehicles are required to comply with these laws. He will reveal your exposure to the law; possible consequences; and solutions to achieving compliance.
MARK STARKY – Drilling on Egg Shells!
Mark Starky, the Country Manager for Laos at Boart Longyear, will give us an insight to drilling around Indochina and the issues involved. In 2003, Mark moved to Thailand to work for Boart Longyear Asia as a Site Manager in Thailand and Relief Manager in Sepon, Laos where he had his first exposure to UXO (Unexploded Ordnance). He has been the Country Manager for Laos since 2007.
ISOBEL BOYLAN – Are You Fit or Fatigued?
Isobel will discuss one of the current major concerns for all industries – fatigue and its impact. Fatigue is a safety and health issue that affects both individuals and organisations. Isobel will discuss both how to identify and reduce the risk of fatigue in your workplace and how to get a good night’s sleep for all.
AVRIL HOGAN – The 2nd ADIA Member Survey
Avril Hogan founded Insightrix Research Australia in 2005; the company has a range of
clients including the Federal Government, state organisations, universities, private businesses and professional associations. At DRILL 2012, Avril will be presenting the key conclusions from the survey (and comparing it with 2007, including the areas members believe the Australian Drilling Industry Association should be focussing on).
SIMON RIDGE – WA Exploration Rig Code of Practice
Simon will discuss the harmonised legislation and Codes of Practice: understanding the intersection of the Model Act, core and non-core regulations; ensuring compliance with the new provisions which address high risk mining activities such as exploration drilling; examining mandatory requirements for exploration drilling; and analysing the new Principal Mining Hazard Management Plans (PHMP), Principal Operating Plans, risk management and review processes.
DR JUSTIN LUDCKE – Taxonomy of Accidents
Every workplace strives for zero incidents and injuries but few achieve it. In ‘Taxonomy of Accidents’, Dr Justin Ludcke will explore the facts behind the incidents and provide practical examples of how to prevent incidents by looking at the facts. The ADIA plans to discover the facts behind drilling incidents through member participation in developing a taxonomy of incidents.
PAUL HOWE – Protecting Precious Resources – Water!
Paul Howe is a Principal Hydrogeologist with 20 years’ experience in the mining; and oil and gas industries in Australia, New Zealand and Asia. In this time, he has led and coordinated water resource development projects, environmental approvals and water engineering projects. Paul will discuss groundwater modelling; hydrogeological assessments of regional and local groundwater systems; contaminated land; and wellfield development projects and assessment of environmental effects from mining.
DR JOHN VILJOEN – Strategic Planning for Businesses
John is the Managing Director of iedex, a business strategy consultancy and provider of software solutions to assist strategy implementation. John has extensive consulting experience in highly competitive sectors including mining and agriculture. He is the author of the best selling Australian strategy text ‘Strategic Management: Planning and Implementing Successful Corporate Strategies’.
DR IRENE IOANNAKIS – Performance Expectations
To Train or Not to Train? That is the question. Dr Irene Ioannakis, an HR specialist with over 30 years’ experience, will talk about the crucial role that organisations play in creating workplace environments that will implement real-time, on-the-job training as a key process to enhance performance and productivity.
HUW MCKAY – Australia’s Reliance on China
Huw McKay, Executive Director and Senior International Economist, joined Westpac’s Economic Research team in the year 2000. He is the bank’s spokesperson on pan-Asian economic and market issues. His views on the state of the global economy, and of Asia in particular, are widely sought by governments, corporations and investors around the world.
ADRIAN BAILEY- What You Don’t Have in Writing, You Don’t Have
Adrian Bailey is a Principal at Cleary Hoare Solicitors which provides specialist taxation advice to private business owners and their families seeking to maximise value while protecting their assets. You’re not expected to be a lawyer but this session will go through the key tips and traps that private businesses face – in the end, it all comes down to protecting your money.