May 6, 2024

Ravi Bagga
Geotechnical Engineer

What is your role, and how long have you been at MGT?

My current role is Geotechnical Engineer and I joined MGT in September 2023. I worked for MineLiDAR as a Drone Pilot and Data Analyst for six months before moving to MGT in a Geotechnical Engineer role in March 2024.

What sparked your interest in this field?

In the Geotech field, we have to deal with lot of uncertainties, do the study and relate it to the practical world and there are always new learnings. This sparked my interest to keep learning and exploring.

Share a memorable project story.

My first trip to the Northern Territory for MineLiDAR was memorable. We covered around 7,000 km in 10 days on the road and I had never travelled a long distance on the road before this trip. Another memorable highlight of the trip was getting the opportunity to see Uluru (Ayers Rock).

What is a quote that has stuck with you?

“The only way to eat an elephant is bit by bit.”

What advice would you give to aspiring engineering geologists?

Work on mine sites for a couple of years and learn from the field operations, there is always something new to learn every day. Work with blast crew, surveyors, operators, dewatering crew, shift boss, leading hand and ask questions before moving into an office. And once you’re in an office, work with planning engineer, drill and blast engineers and surveyors. Whenever you get a chance, go into the field with senior engineers and ask them questions. Bring everyone’s theory together and develop or suggest innovative/improved ways of doing things.

Who in your team would you like to give a shout-out to?

Everyone has different and unique knowledge and experience and ways of doing things. At this stage, I have mostly worked with Peter and John, so I will give them a shout for all the help I need.

In the field photo.

Rapid-Fire Questions

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?


How do you take your coffee? Or are you a tea person?

I am a tea person, and enjoy it with cardamom and ginger.

What is one (or more) of your favourite hobbies?

I like to do some gardening, cooking, and running in my spare time.

Do you have a favourite rock/rock formation/mineral/element?

Coal seam formation is unique and the long wall mining method. I can imagine underground coal mining would be really challenging.

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