February 2019: Welcome to AMC!

AMC is starting 2019 by welcoming two new members to the global AMC team, Baoyao Tang, Principal Mining Engineer and William Gibson, Principal Geotechnical Engineer. With 70 years of mining industry experience between them, their expertise and knowledge are a valuable addition to AMC’s global team and the local teams in Vancouver and Perth respectively.

Baoyao Tang, Principal Mining Engineer

Baoyao has more than 35 years’ experience in the mining industry mainly in coal, potash, and uranium. He has worked in research, teaching, consulting, software development, geotechnical engineering and surveying, operations, technical services management, and operational management.

Baoyao has a strong geotechnical background, having been involved in consulting to coal mines on ground support strategies, in-situ stress measurements and engineering structure demolition blasting in China. He spent more than 20 years working in Canada, mostly for Cameco with a brief stint at BHP’s Jansen potash project as the senior geotechnical engineer and several years in mining software development .

Baoyao’s mining engineering and operations experience includes Reserve / Resource assessments, project management, life-of-mine planning, mine design and planning, ground control and rock mechanics, ground freezing, mine construction, ventilation, materials handling, controlled-blasting, grouting consolidation, dewatering and mine surveys.

As the key person, Baoyao was involved in designing, expanding, and maintaining one of the largest underground freezing systems in the world for more than 12 years. In addition, he has been involved in the review of shafts sinking with ground freezing method in coal and potash mines.

Baoyao has a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining Construction) from Shandong Institute of Mining and Technology Master of Engineering (Mining Construction) from China University of Mining and Technology and a Ph.D. (Mining Engineering) from McGill University, Canada. He obtained his Ph.D. in Mining Engineering, while working as a Research Assistant and Teaching Assistant at McGill University.

William Gibson, Principal Geotechnical Engineer

William has 35 years of experience in geotechnical, mining and civil engineering projects as well as the use and development of computer programmes.

He has worked in Chile, the United States of America, Australia, and Argentina. His expertise in numerical modelling applied to open pit mines includes slope stability analysis for small and large pits and analysis of the interaction between open pits and underground mining operations, seismic risk assessment, and computer programming.

William’s experience in the analysis and design of open pits includes large pits like Chuquicamata, Esperanza and Pelambres (Chile), Olympic Dam (Australia) and Oyu Tolgoi (Mongolia).

His experience in underground mine design includes the analysis of block caving mines (Teniente and Salvador in Chile), mining sequence, open stoping, stability of pillars and interaction of block caving operations with mine facilities. He is also experienced in the analysis of static and seismic conditions and the design of other mine related structures such as tailings dams, heap leach piles and waste rock dumps.

William has conducted seismic risk assessments in different regions of South and Central America, Africa, Papua New Guinea, and Canada involving the definition and generation of earthquake records for dynamic analysis.

He has a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from the Universidad de Concepción, Chile and a MSc Geotechnical Engineering from the University of Colorado, USA.