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Our mining professionals aim to find solutions to your business challenges and enable opportunity for project viability and wealth.

By engaging GHD, you’ll understand both the business and technical issues involved in delivering optimum project outcomes. The mining industry is a continually changing, competitive environment and together we can develop flexible, innovative solutions.

GHD systems synthesise the geological, mine planning, plant selection, mine infrastructure, tailings and environmental management, operational requirements and financial aspects of mining to address the many conflicting objectives in mine development.

GHD’s services have resulted in significant benefits to the mining business of our clients through improved mine development planning, operations and costing strategies.


  • Exploration planning
  • Resource & coal quality assessments
  • Hydrogeological studies
  • Strategic & detailed operational mine planning
  • Mine scheduling
  • Overburden removal & dump design
  • Mine plant analysis
  • Equipment selection & scoping
  • System reliability evaluation
  • Haul road optimisation
  • Mine infrastructure design
  • Mine ventilation (underground)
  • Design, installation & monitoring of mine dewatering systems
  • Mine closure planning
  • Progressive mine rehabilitation & final closure design
  • EPCM services
  • Project management 

For further information, contact:

Jody Altmann
Service Line Leader, Mining Engineering – Australia, Chile, New Zealand, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East
T: +61 3 8687 8995
E: Jody Altmann

Jody Vaillancourt
Service Line Leader, Mining Engineering – North America
T: +1 519 884 0510
E: Jody Vaillancourt

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Jody Altmann

Jody Altmann

Jody is a mine design and geotechnical engineer with more than 10 years’ experience in underground excavation and open pit design, stability analysis, ground support design and optimisation. She is also experienced in the design and application of geotechnical instrumentation. Her experience includes projects such as Loy Yang Mine, Northparkes Mine, Olympic Dam Mine, Agnew Gold Mine, Renison Bell Tin Mine, and Mount Marion Gold Mine in Australia.

Service Line Leader, Mining Engineering – Australia, Chile, New Zealand, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East
+61 3 8687 8995
E: Jody Altmann


Simon Maher

Simon Maher

Simon is a geologist with 20 years’ experience in the minerals industry, in both the private and public sectors. He has worked in exploration with CRA Exploration and in mining with BHP Billiton; and with GeoScience Victoria and the Department of Primary Industries on strategic coal initiatives. Simon is a Member of the AusIMM.

Service Line Cluster Leader, Mining Engineering & Geosciences
+61 3 8687 8711
E: Simon Maher

Paul Currie

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Paul has over 25 years' experience in the field of mine planning and mining engineering with specialist skills in computer design and planning techniques as well as scheduling and strategic planning. Paul has well developed strengths in engineering planning activities in the mining sector that include detailed feasibility studies, development work planning, earthworks, infrastructure design and project costing. Paul actively consults throughout Australia and the wider Asian region.

T: +61 3 8687 8000
E: Paul Currie

Ted Waghorne

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Ted is a Principal Mining Engineer with over 35 years of experience in the mining industry. He provides strategic consulting services in relation to mine planning, mine operation, operator training and mine management.

Ted has held senior mine management positions at the major Yallourn and Loy Yang coal mines, including the position of Mine Manager at Loy Yang. He has also held senior positions within consulting and mine technical support groups. Ted provides strategic review services, and conducts risk assessments and due diligence activities. Ted is a Fellow of the AusIMM; and represents the coal industry on a number of bodies.

Principal Mining Engineer
T: +61 3 8687 8901
E: Ted Waghorne