With over 4 years industry experience, Lachlan McInnes is a Mining Engineer with solid operational and technical skills in short term scheduling, land haulage scheduling and mine design across a suite of software, including Deswik (CAD, Scheduler & LHS), Minescape, 3D-Dig, and XACT. He has trained many Graduate Engineers using his expert Minescape and Deswk design package knowledge.
We asked Lachlan to share some of his career highlights and insights into the state of play in the mining industry. Read on to find out what he had to say:
What do you specialise in?
I specialise in Deswik scheduling and land haulage modelling.
What has been your most memorable project to date?
My first solo job was working at BMA Goonyella to help develop their Deswik LHS Model. This was a big stepping stone, allowing me to show my merit.
Have you noticed any new trends in the open cut coal or metals world?
I believe companies are becoming more lean, or streamlined in their organisations. I have also noted a trend in recent years of miners focusing more on longer term projects and studies.
How has technology helped or enhanced your scope of work?
The rise of innovative technologies and programs which relate to each other has created an interesting time in the mining industry. We can now analyse and even predict trends within mines with certain accuracy.
In your opinion, do you think the mining industry has overcome the downturn?
I think we are seeing the end of the downturn, with more interest from companies looking into their long term strategy for new technologies.
What is your favourite past time?
Finding new disco records from the 70s to 80s.
Who inspires you?
What advise would you give to an undergraduate engineer?
Push yourself to learn the different programs used within mining.