Instrumentation and Slope Monitoring Workshop

25 October 2021 | Online and in-person | Duxton Hotel, Perth, Western Australia

This ACG workshop will focus on new developments relating to conventional terrestrial monitoring systems such as open pit radars, prisms, laser scanning, and photogrammetry, as well as the integration of the different types of these monitoring systems and their interpretation. Application examples of many companies providing these new technologies include land cover determination, feature extraction, persistent change detection and monitoring, terrain slope characterisation, soils modelling and saturated ground detection.

Professor Phil Dight
Professor Geotechnical Engineering
Australian Centre for Geomechanics

Phil has been involved with the development and design of ground support for mining applications since 1975. Phil joined the ACG in 2008 and has since been working on stress memory effects in rocks, ground support applications, slope stability problems (including the use of microseismicity to understand failure mechanisms), and 3D rock properties. In 2017, Phil commenced a four year MRIWA project aimed at investigating the issues of strainburst vulnerability in underground mines.

Presenters include:

Albert Cabrejo
Group Geotechnical Sales Specialist

Albert is a civil engineer, with postgraduate studies in geotechnical engineering and over 20 years’ experience working for the geotechnical industry. He has supported the expansion of radar technology worldwide for open pits, and more recently new technologies for rock fall detection, tailings dam surface monitoring, underground convergence and construction monitoring, and R&D of new software and products. In previous roles, he spent about 10 years in consulting, and five years in geotechnical construction projects for the civil industry. His mission is to continue working with industry and suppliers to bring the future generation of geotechnical monitoring techniques, equipment and applications with a clear goal in mind of improving safety, productivity and pushing the boundaries of the state of the geotechnical art. He enjoys helping colleagues develop their understanding of radar and general monitoring technologies, and gets great satisfaction in teaching.

Sharla Coetsee
Group Geotechnical Engineer
Reutech Mining

Sharla is a qualified geologist who has focussed on the field of engineering geology since 2009. Her involvement in mining projects has included early phase geological exploration as well as concept level to full design and construction for open-pit mines. She has also provided specialist geotechnical and monitoring services for both open-pit and underground operations. Sharla is now focussing on radar applications for pit slope monitoring.

Dr Richard Lynch
Chief Operating Officer
Sisprobe SAS

Richard has 20 years’ experience in the global mining industry, focused on all aspects of mine microseismic monitoring. From 2011 to 2017, he was CEO of IMS, a leading mine seismology company. Richard is currently the COO of Sisprobe, a French company that is the world leader in ambient noise passive seismic imaging and monitoring for industrial applications, including hard rock mineral exploration and real-time TSF monitoring. He is also a founder, director and technical principal of Viotel, a company operating in Australia & New Zealand that develops, supplies and supports geotechnical IoT monitoring systems. Richard provides expert consultancy in mine seismology and holds a PhD in theoretical physics from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa.

Rigoberto Rimmelin
Global Practice Lead Geotechnical


Dr Felicia Weir

Felicia is a principal engineering geologist of Pells Sullivan Meynink Pty Ltd, with over 12 years’ experience in her field. Felicia joined PSM after completing her PhD in geomorphology. Felicia’s primary areas of practice include engineering geology, 3D geotechnical models and stability assessments for open cut mining.
Felicia enjoys a spectrum of projects from short life operations to large scale pits in complex risk settings. The development of accurate ground models and appropriate slope designs is her greatest pleasure. With recent work as acting geotechnical superintendent at Ok Tedi Mine she has a good appreciation of the challenges faced in operations.
Felicia has worked on numerous major mining projects across Australia, Asia and Africa, including a number of large and technically challenging projects including Olympic Dam Open Pit Expansion, Ok Tedi operations and design in geothermal conditions at Lihir Gold Mine.