Head of Hydrogeological Services
BSC Geology (Hons).
Brian is certified Geologist who obtained his honours degree in Mining and Environmental Geology at the University of Venda. He undertook comprehensive geological field mapping training at Tshipise (Musina) and at the Baberton Greenstone Belt (Mpumalanga). He graduated top of his class and has in-depth knowledge in Hydrogeology, Geotechnical Engineering, Mining and Geographic Information System.
He was involved in a training program in a firm that processes drill cores for geological applications. His Honours research investigated the application of Shortwave Infrared (SWIR) as mineral alteration mapping tool in mining and exploration, a case study of the Barberton Greenstone Belt. This helped him gain the following skills.
Spectral data acquisition using Hyperspectral spectral cameras; Image processing which included performing data enhancement techniques to extract geological information from a drill core; Data analysis using ENVI, Intellicore and other related software; Spectral interpretation; and Borehole interpretation which included core logging, borehole interpretation, drilling techniques in exploration, and spectral interpretation of boreholes.
He has been involved in a number of Geotechnical Engineering, Hydrogeological and Environmental Assessment projects.
Head of Geotechnical Services
BSC Geology (Hons).
Vutlhari graduated his honours degree in Mining and Environmental Geology at the University of Venda. During his time at the University he held various leadership positions including Deputy Chairperson of the Geological Society of South Africa (GSSA).
As a student he was involved in a number of projects that were facilitated by the department, some of which include the geological field mapping of Tshipise (Musina) and the Baberton Greenstone Belt (Mpumalanga). He revisited these sites for geological field mapping as a mentor. His Honours research focused on the determination of surface stability and modelling of dust from the Koa Dune field near the Kaxu solar one facility, in the Northern Cape province of South Africa. This helped him to have a deep understanding of the behaviour of soils and their geotechnical properties.
He assisted in the Geotechnical investigation of various solar stations that are to be built in Poffader in the Northern Cape. He has acquired various skills through his years of studying and exposure to the industry some of which include Geotechnical Engineering, Hydrogeological Assessments and Environmental services.
Mine and Exploration Geologist
.BSC Geology (Hons), GDE (Wits University), GIS
I am a professional registered scientist (Pr. Sci. Nat) with over 10 years’ geological experience and a postgraduate qualification in geostatistics, mineral resource estimation and mining geology. I have conducted various resource estimation, reviews and audits for large mining firms and reconciliation of mined coal with Eskom power stations.
I also have experience in geological database management and quality control implementation. I gained experience in the operational mines, exploration projects and consulting environment. I am experienced in number of commodities such as coal, iron ore, chrome, diamond, gold, fluorspar, titanium, manganese, copper, limestone and heavy mineral sands. I have conducted technical visits/investigations to the projects in Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, and the Republic of South Africa.
I compiled number of mineral resource reports in accordance with the requirements of the various regulatory requirements or codes (SAMREC, JORC and NI43-101). I have acted as Competent Person (CP) or Qualified Person (QP) on numerous projects.