David Alexander Gibbs

Mine Planning Consultant

LotusHall Mining Heavy Engineering Construction Co.,Ltd.

Australian and British

Date of Birth
19 May 1956


David Gibbs graduated in 1979 with a BSc Mining Engineering degree from the Royal School of Mines, London. He has been involved in the mining industry for nearly 30 years and has a proven track record in open pit mining operations with some underground experience. Direct responsibilities have included all aspects of short and long term mine planning and engineering, mine operations supervision (owner operated and contractors), drilling and blasting, budgeting and project evaluation and development. In recent years he has held several senior management positions including strategic planning, general company management and project management. David's experience also includes several years as senior and principal consultant mining engineer undertaking feasibility studies and a number of specialist projects. From 2005 to 2007 he managed the development of a large, remote coking coal project in Indonesia; taking it from exploration through bankable feasibility to start of construction. In 2008 he returned to consulting. David has mainly worked in South Africa, Namibia, Papua New Guinea, Australia, Thailand and Indonesia. His primary experience includes gold, copper, uranium, diamonds, coal (thermal and coking), nickel and industrial minerals (aggregates and talc). He has worked at some of the world's largest open pit operations for CRA/Rio Tinto and also for North Ltd, Goldfields and Bumi Resources amongst others. David is a member of the Institute of Mining and Australia (MIMM) and the Australasian Institute of Mining and Australia (MAusIMM). He is also a Chartered Engineer (CE) and Associate of the Royal School of Mines (ARSM).


  • Bachelor of Science (Mining Engineering, Hons) and Warrington Smyth Medal and Prize, Royal School of Mines, London (1979)
  • First Class Mine Manager’s Certificate – WA
  • Mine Manager’s Certificate – Republic of South Africa
  • Open Pit Blasting Certificate – RSA
  • Underground Pit Blasting Certificate – RSA


  • Associate of the Royal School of Mines (ARSM)
  • Member Australian Institute of Mining & Metallurgy (MAusIMM)
  • Member Institute of Mining & Metallurgy (MIMM)
  • Chartered Engineer (CEng)

Short Courses, etc Frontline Safety Management – Dupont, 2001

  • Frontline Safety Management – Dupont, 2001
  • NOSA Safety Auditor - KPC, 2000
  • Project Management - CRA, 1996
  • Mine & Project Evaluation - KCM, 1995
  • Economics & Commerce for the Mining Industry - Key
  • Centre for Mines (KCM), University of NSW, 1995
  • Rock Slope Damage Control – Australian Centre for Geomechanics, 1994
  • Mineral Economics - MacQuarrie University, 1989
  • Management Development - North, 1988
  • Mining Project Evaluation - RSM, 1986
  • Geostatistics - by Michel David at BCL, 1986
  • Coal Quality and Analysis – Geoservices, 2005

Papers/Presentations Implementation of Dispatch at Argyle Diamonds – MMS

  • Implementation of Dispatch™ at Argyle Diamonds – MMS Australia Conference, NSW, Australia (1995)
  • Truck Productivity; Under or Over-trucking? – CRA Open Pit Mining Forum, NSW, Australia (1996)
  • Automated Data Acquisition and Dispatching Systems – Rio Tinto Open Pit Mining Panel, Las Vegas, NV, USA (1996)
  • Productivity Analysis – MMS North America Conference, San Diego, CA, USA (1997)
  • Reserves Ranking and Experience with ECSI ‘Maximiser’ - Rio Tinto Energy Technology and Mine Planning Conference, Gillette, Wyoming, USA (2001)
  • Infrastructure Development to Access Coking Coal Project in Central Kalimantan – Coaltrans, Bali, Indonesia (2006)

Affiliations Associate of the Royal School of Mines (ARSM)

  • Associate of the Royal School of Mines (ARSM)
  • Member Australian Institute of Mining & Metallurgy (MAusIMM)
  • Member Institute of Mining & Metallurgy (MIMM) Chartered Engineer (CEng)

Work Experience

  • Feb 2008 - Mining Consultant, principally as sub-consultant to PT SMG Consultants, Jakarta, Indonesia and providing services to LotusHall Mining Co Ltd, Thailand
  • May 2005 - Jan 2008 Employed by PT TransAsia Resources, Jakarta, Indonesia as: Project Manager - PT Asmin Koalindo Tuhup Project Manager - PT Arga Morini Indah
  • Mar 2004 - Apr 2005 Manager Mine Planning Kaltim Prima Coal (Bumi Resources), Kalimantan, Indonesia
  • Nov 2001 - Mar 2004 Regional Manager, Talc Operations (Asia Pacific) Luzenac Australia Ltd (Rio Tinto), Western Australia
  • Apr 1999 - Nov 2001 Superintendent Mine Planning and Strategic Mine Planning Kaltim Prima Coal (Rio Tinto/BP), Kalimantan, Indonesia
  • Jul 1997 - Apr 1999 Consultant Mining Engineer, Perth, Western Australia
  • 1994 - 1997 Senior Mining Engineer Argyle Diamonds (Rio Tinto), Western Australia Oct 1995 promoted to: Principle Mining Engineer CRA Advanced Technical Development (Rio Tinto), Perth, Western Australia
  • 1992 - 1994 Technical Superintendent and Superintendent Mine Planning Kaltim Prima Coal (Rio Tinto/BP), Kalimantan, Indonesia
  • 1988 - 1992 Project Manager/Principle Consulting Mining Engineer Coleman & Associates Pty Ltd, Sydney Australia and Thailand
  • 1987 - 1988 Manager Mining, Bottle Creek Gold Mine North Broken Hill Holdings (now North Ltd), Western Australia
  • 1982 - 1987 Senior Mining Engineer - Production Control R?ssing Uranium Ltd (Rio Tinto), Namiba 1985 transferred to: Superintendent Production Control and Superintendent Drill & Blast Bougainville Copper Ltd (Rio Tinto)
  • 1979 - 1982 Miner and Shift Boss Driefontein Consolidated Ltd (Goldfields of SA), South Africa
  • 1975 - 1979 Various undergraduate experience in underground and open pit mining.

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