Gordon Sweby - Principal Consulting Geotechnical Engineer - MineGeoTech

BSc Eng (Geological)
MSc Mining (Rock Mechanics)
PrEng (ECSA)

Gordon completed a Geological Engineering degree at the University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa) in 1984 and a Masters in Rock Mechanics (Wits) in 1994. Gordon also holds the Chamber of Mines (South Africa) Certificates in Rock Mechanics (Coal and Metalliferous) and the Advanced Certificate in Rock Engineering.

Gordon has more than 30 years of operational, consulting and research geotechnical experience in the following mining environments:

  • Underground coal – South Africa
  • Opencast coal – South Africa, Australia
  • Open Pits – South Africa, Ghana, Australia, Peru
  • Deep level tabular – South Africa
  • Narrow vein handheld mining – Australia
  • Mechanised Longhole Open Stoping – Australia
  • Sublevel Caving – Australia

Areas of experience/expertise include:

  • Feasibility Studies
  • Mine seismicity
  • Ground Support Design
  • Mine Design and Sequencing
  • Slope Stability
  • Instrumentation and Monitoring
  • Geotechnical Management and Technical Leadership

Gordon is proficient in the practical application of the following geotechnical software:

  • Rocscience Suite – Dips, Rocdata, RS2, RS3, Slide, Unwedge
  • Flac3d (Itasca)
  • Basrock Software – Gem4d, Trajec3d
  • 3DmAnalyst Suite (Adam Technology)
  • Map3d