Graham Nicholson

BEng (Mech)

With over 15 years’ experience in the metals mining sector including deep level gold mines, PGM fixed processing plants and open pit operations, Graham has held a multitude of practical mine-site based roles covering asset management, maintenance and reliability, mechanical engineering and leadership.
Through practical thinking, evidence gathering and methods such as mechanical failure analysis and fault tree analysis, Graham is able to make practical recommendations using asset management principals to significantly reduce machinery breakdowns.

Expertise

  • Asset Performance & Optimisation
  • Asset Management
  • Engineering Compliance
  • Engineering Optimisation
  • Mine Maintenance & Engineering

Track Record

  • As the Engineering Manager at Mogalakwena South PGM Concentrator in South Africa, Graham was tasked with improving the overall engineering team performance and increase machinery availability. A turnaround strategy was designed and implemented which saw the reduction in average monthly breakdown hours go from 125 hrs/mth in 2015 to 45 hrs/mth in 2018
  • Graham’s role as Engineering Manager involved the statutory legal appoint for all machinery, equipment and infrastructure including the engineering maintenance tasks. To improve the safety during certain high risk maintenance tasks, practical engineering solutions were implemented under his direction. These improvements greatly reduced the risk as well as the time it took to complete these tasks
  • Graham project managed the creation of the new Oil Analysis Laboratory at the Mogalakwena PGM Open Pit Mine. To meet the needs of the expanding open pit mine, a new modern facility, testing and analysis equipment, KPI’s as well as an organogram with new role profiles were required. The new laboratory was able to achieve a 4-day turnaround time after completion which allowed for quicker interventions on critical machinery or components
  • As the Production Engineer at the Great Noligwa Gold Mine in South Africa, which was at the end of its life, Graham was tasked with finding innovative ways to reduce machinery numbers to support the mining function, review and consolidation of spares needed, improved maintenance planning and work execution to ensure the right work was being performed with limited resources. The initiatives put in place resulted in the department coming under budget guidance in 2012-13 with minimal impact to the mining function