Soilwater Consultants Key Personnel

Adam Pratt - Director & Principal Soil Scientist

Adam Pratt - Director & Principal Soil Scientist

Adam Pratt - Director & Principal Soil Scientist

Adam has 20 years’ national and international experience in the mining industry, after having undertaken his Honours and PhD studies with Alcoa Australia at their Darling Range bauxite mines in the 1990’s. In 2000, Adam formed the Soilwater Group (SWG), which is a Perth-based consultancy, laboratory and research organisation employing over 15 earth science professional and laboratory technicians, and consists of Soilwater Consultants (SWC), Soilwater Analysis (SWA) and Soilwater Technologies (SWT).

Adam has extensive experience in mine rehabilitation and closure, including the development and implementation of mine closure plans (MCP) and Environment Impact Assessments (EIA). He has specific expertise in baseline and post-mine soil survey and assessment, including geochemical characterisation, unsaturated zone hydrology, erosion testing, modelling and monitoring, hydrology and hydrogeology and ecosystem function analysis and monitoring. In 2010 Adam was invited by the South Australian (SA) Government, in association with the Murray Darling Basin Commission (MDBC), to be a peer reviewer of the Murray River and Lower Lakes 3D Biogeochemical Model, which was developed to predict the fate and evolution of the Murray River in SA and to identify potential amelioration options.

Adam has also work on several other iconic mining projects, including the Tropicana Gold Project (AngloGold Ashanti), Cloud Break and Christmas Creek Iron Ore Project (FMG), Centipede and Lake Way Uranium Projects (Toro Energy) and Mt Keith Nickel Mine (BHP Billiton). Adam is currently the preferred soil and rehabilitation consultant for Barrick Gold Australia and for Gold Fields Australia. His international experience includes AngloGold Ashanti’s Yatela Gold Mine in Mali, Base Resources’ Mineral Sands Mine in Kenya and Rio Tinto’s Gobi Coal Project in Mongolia.

 

 

Belinda Fourie - Senior Environmental Consultant

Belinda Fourie - Senior Environmental Consultant

Belinda Fourie - Senior Environmental Consultant

Belinda has a combined 8 years’ of consulting and operational experience working in Australia and Mozambique in the field of Environmental Management. Belinda joined the Soilwater Group in November 2013 and has mainly been involved with Business Development.

Belinda previously worked for AngloGold Ashanti as Environmental Coordinator – Exploration (WA). Prior to this Belinda’s consulting experience was with AustralAsian Resource Consultants (AARC) as Senior Environmental Scientist (QLD). Belinda project managed Environmental Approvals for an abandoned copper mine in QLD and provided knowledge and advice to a historic lead/zinc operation in NSW.

Belinda’s international experience was with Riversdale in Mozambique where she was initially employed to manage two EIAs for coal mine and powerplant however the role was expanded to exploration and feasibility studies. Previously Belinda had gained great skills to utilise in Mozambique while working as an Environmental Officer for Barrick Gold – Lake Cowal Mine (NSW). Her first debut as Environmental Consultant was with URS in Darwin where she assisted with Environmental Approvals for gold mines.

Sam Collins – Geologist/Senior Scientist

Sam Collins – Geologist/Senior Scientist

Sam Collins – Geologist/Senior Scientist

Sam Collins is a Geologist with over five years’ consulting experience on a range of mining and infrastructure projects. In particular, Sam has a wide range of experience in all stages of mining from exploration through to rehabilitation. Past projects include working on closure plans in the Goldfields for Barrick Gold and St Ives, feasibility and baseline studies for the Karara Magnetite Project and Doray Minerals Andy Well Gold Project along with rehabilitation studies in the Kimberly at Koolan Island for Mount Gibson Iron and the Swan Coastal Plain for Iluka.

Sam’s experience includes Environmental Impact Assessments, Mining Proposals and Mine Closure Plans, Baseline studies of soil and waste materials, Acid Mine Drainage (AMD) and Acid Sulfate Soil (ASS) studies, Groundwater Dependent Ecosystem (GDE) assessments and the development and assessment of rehabilitation plans. He has extensive experience utilising geological and mine planning software enabling efficient assessment of baseline information and simultaneous creation and update of mine plans and GIS for environmental purposes, ensuring integration of operational and environmental planning throughout project life, thereby reducing environmental risk and enhancing project closure efficiency.

Joe Powers - Environmental Engineer

Joe Powers - Environmental Engineer

Joe Powers - Environmental Engineer

Joe is an Environmental Engineer with Soilwater Consultants (SWC), a Perth-based soil and water resource consultancy. Joe has a BSc in Environmental Engineering, a Master’s degree Natural Resource Management, and 8 years of experience in the environmental industry working on a range of mining, water resource, soil science, and agriculture projects throughout Australia, New Zealand, and North America.

Joe has taken the lead in developing the company’s hydrological and erosion modelling capabilities, and is proficient with many different modelling packages, such as MODFLOW, TUFLOW, HEC-RAS, HYDRUS, WEPP, and SIBERIA. He has demonstrated capability in groundwater pump testing and modelling in both New Zealand and Western Australia, and with the development and implementation of groundwater and surface water monitoring programs. He has recently completed several large surface water studies in remote areas of Western Australia and the Northern Territory, and used this information to provide clients with robust water and sediment management plans.

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