James Smith

BTeach/BSci (Geo), GradDip Mine Eng, MBus, MAusIMM

James has spent over 20 years working in the resources industry, both in consulting and site roles with substantial exposure to underground and open pit mines.

He has significant experience in both geology and mining engineering roles. James has developed expertise in taking raw technical data all the way to final project delivery though geological modelling, geotechnical consideration, mine design, planning and scheduling all while maintaining a focus on business objectives and the whole of mine systems.


  • Mine Planning
  • Mine Optimisation
  • Geological Modelling
  • Resource Evaluation
  • Business Improvement

Track Record

  • James has been a senior mining engineer at open cuts, underground bord and pillar, and underground longwall mines
  • He excels at taking technical and operational information to produce a complete picture of the project and the interdependencies between each area
  • James has led a number of studies at Palaris that have been successfully delivered to our clients
  • James has been involved in dozens of projects at Palaris from short term planning while onsite, meduim term and budget planning, feasibility studies, due dilligences, technical reviews and through to opportunity assessments
  • He has significant experience in the writing, supervision and/or sign off JORC resource and reserve reports
  • James has significant experience in using XPAC, Spry, Vulcan and AutoCAD