Michael Barker

BSc (Hons 1st Class) UQ, Ventilation Officer Certificate, MAusIMM, G3 qualified

With over 20 years of experience in the mining sector including 10 years in resource consulting, Michael spearheads all feasibility studies from concept through to execution at Palaris. He has an unrelenting focus on margin maximisation through a combination of identifying the highest value product, lowest cost, benchmark productivities or identifying innovative technical solutions. Michael's depth of understanding will challenge existing assumptions, ensuring all aspects are considered and well thought through using a rigorous technical process.

Expertise

Feasibility Studies

JORC Reserve Competent Person

Mine Design and Optimisation

Productivity Improvement

Gas Management  and Complex Ventilation Circuits

Spontaneous Combustion Management

Michael's Track Record

Michael has extensive knowledge of the studies process and how the various disciplines interact having overseen the majority of the 50 feasibility studies at Palaris. He acutely understands the value drivers for mining projects and draws from his operational background and his understanding of the risks associated with the development and operation of a mining project. The result is that our feasibility studies are focussed on the material issues.

He has had extensive experience in the management of all facets of technical services including subsidence, spontaneous combustion, complex geological and geotechnical conditions, gas drainage and complex ventilation circuits. Michael has experience in high productivity longwall mine design, from exploration through to the preparation plant and is experienced in the project approval process.

His work has led to major operational improvements in both safety and productivity both locally in Australia and Internationally, with projects completed across 10 different countries.

Michael has been heavily involved in many industry improvement initiatives including goaf management systems through inertisation and pressure redistribution; the introduction of full 3D seismic to longwall mining and its uses for both short and long term mine planning; the introduction of surface to seam fault consolidation through grout injection and he was one of the first to introduce the use expansion foams (such as Rocsil) for fall consolidation into the Australian mining industry. Michael was also instrumental in the introduction of the first gas monitoring and spontaneous combustion management system in Turkey.