Phipps - Geologist - Johannesburg, GP, South Africa

Michael Phipps

Johannesburg, GP, South Africa


28 years as a Geologist
Highly skilled in Resource estimation and Databases
Mining and exploration
Creative motivated hard worker



  • Full time
  • Part time
  • One time
  • Contract
  • Temp


Resource Geology,Mining Geology,Exploration Geology,GIS,Competent person Gold ,Coal,Platinum and base metals

Work History

Senior Resource Geologist

Rock and stock investments

From December 2012

Resources and Database Manager

Ivanhoe Nickel and Platinum

September 2008 - January 2012

Resource Manager Geology

Angloplatinum RPM Potgietersrust Platinums Limited(PPL)

November 2002 - September 2008


Blasthole Grade Control Sytem on Mogolakwena Platinum Mine

Development of a macro menu driven Datamine Studio grade control modelling system for blasthole drilling evaluation by the production geologists on mine. This entailed developing a system that allowed the production geologists to model each blast pattern using the source MS Access database developed by Mr Nick Strydom. A process flow menu was set up to process the data step by step with detailed validations checking the data. The amount of sampled data for the blastholes was monitered and if it was less than 70% of the holes drilled the model was flagged as a preliminary estimate.

3 dimensional models were developed using kriging parameters of the latest resource model for each individual pit. Legends were applied to the models to allow the delineation of grade categories needed for plant feed. The 3d models were converted to 2d and transferred to Autocad (system developed by Peter Nathan) for use by the mine survey department.

A plan was produced for the mine in 2d so the different grade categories could be delineated by tapes for ore loading. This plan was signed off by Geology ,Survey and Mining departments


A software product marketed by GEMCOM and owned by Anglovaal, produced and supported by Marcia van Aswegan. Used by Anglovaal, Anglo American Prospecting Services (AAPS), JCI, Gencor and Goldfields Exploration to log borehole core's geological, sampling and survey data and feed them to spatial modeling packages for mineral evaluation.

3d Grade control modelling for blastholes

Developed a 3d grade control module with Macro's in Datamine Studio 3 for Mogolakwena Platinum mine in Potgietersrust opencasts. For use by the production geologists for grade control and also passed on to the survey deparment for reconcilaition

Qualifications & Certifications

Bsc Hons Geology

University of Johannesburg

Rand Afrikaans University

Parktown Boys' High School

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