Geotechnical Engineering Technologist - Pavel - Western Australia - MineGeoTech - MGT

BEng (Engineering Geology and Geotechnics) (Hons) 

Pavel graduated from the University of Portsmouth in 2015 with an honours degree in Engineering Geology and Geotechnics. He has more than 5 years of experience in mining and civil engineering disciplines working across the UK and Australia.

In the UK, his career began with a property development consultant – project managing and executing ground investigations for housing and commercial developments on brownfield and greenfield land. He gained further operational geotechnical experience whilst working for a multi-national ground investigation contractor involved in large rail infrastructure projects. Since coming to Australia, Pavel has worked in various civil, exploration drilling and underground roles combining his passion for travel and geology.

Pavel joined MineGeoTech in 2020 as an underground technician collecting geotechnical data from active headings using specialist equipment. After several months, he took on a role of an early career geotechnical engineer and has spent the last two and half years gaining experience on mine sites.

Technical capabilities include:

  • Geotechnical and geological mapping
  • Geotechnical logging
  • Geotechnical inspections of development and stopes
  • Drill rig supervision
  • Undertaking ground investigation specifying/utilising a variety of methods
  • Soil/rock mass characterisation through in-situ and laboratory test supervision
  • Factual and interpretative report writing
  • Monitoring and reviewing of seismicity
  • Ground monitoring through probe drilling and instrumentation
  • Planning and design of backfilling operations, coordinating backfill techs
  • Corrosion assessment of ground support

His software skills include Deswik, Rocscience suite (Dips, unwedge), IMS software suite, mXrap, Gem4D and Microsoft Office.

The position “Geotechnical Engineering Technologist” is used as a position title as this level was recognised by Engineers Australia in 2021