Meet our team of result driven experienced engineers who apply innovative and practical solutions to every project


Principal Geotechnical Engineer / Managing Director

Symon has developed a career combining consulting skills (having worked with companies such as Golder Associates) with experience gained working for large mining companies (Rio Tinto). Particular value in Symon's work stems from the application of his strong civil/geotechnical engineering background to the Project Management of large mining infratructure civil works to meet the client's expectations.

Symon's experience includes office-based design and site based operational roles, giving an all-round understanding of delivery expectations. Symon is now the Director of Red Earth Engineering, a consultancy that targets to employ "super-stars" of the industry to deliver value to clients.

Specialties: Project Management, Geotechnical/Dam Engineering, Tailings Dams, Oil and Gas - Coal Seam Gas Water Management, Construction Compliance Monitoring.


Principal Engineer / Director

Attila has more than 20 years’ experience in civil and geotechnical engineering, construction and materials testing in Australia and overseas. He specialises in providing technical leadership in the detailed design, certification and construction oversight of major civil infrastructure projects to the Coal Seam Gas industry.

As a Principal and Associate for leading multi-disciplinary engineering consultant for more than eight years, Attila led both business development, project management and the technical direction of multi-disciplinary project teams around the world.

His expertise includes the technical design of embankments, rock cuttings, deep foundations, dams and geosynthetic liner systems, landfills and ground improvement schemes; and he has been responsible for the planning and management of geotechnical investigations, detailed designs and construction issue documentation for major civil and mining infrastructure projects.


Principal Engineer / Director

Wade is a principal civil and water resources engineer with more than 12 years' experience obtained with a leading multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy in Australia and Canada. He specialises in civil, liner system, dam engineering and water resource projects particularly for the mining and Coal Seam Gas industries in Australia.

In recent years, Wade has been design team leader for design and reporting and technical lead for construction inspection services on six major geomembrane lined earthfill embankment dam projects in Australia.

Wade's key areas of expertise include: Water resources and dam engineering, particularly; water management plans, hydraulic and hydrologic analyses, as well as seepage modelling and optimisation strategies for spillways. His geotechnical and dam engineering experience includes; stability analyses of slopes, highway embankments, dam walls and bridge abutments; and geotechnical investigations for major civil and mining projects.


Project Engineer / Geotechnical Engineer / Director

Working for leading Mining and Oil and Gas Companies - providing technical support within the clients team - performing certification of numerous civil projects including tailings and water storage facilities, haul roads and storm water infrastructure - design and assessments for tailings storage facilities, mine pit stability and storm water infrastructure.

Technical Lead for the selection, definition and execution phases of new tailings dams and roads at remote Northern Territory mine site. Development of project scopes and tenders and working through capital approval documentation including business cases, execution plans and Regulatory approvals.

Project Engineer and Project Management of the execution and commissioning phases of new tailings storage facilities at remote Northern Territory mine site. Providing contract administration while managing and maintaining project budgets and forecasts, oversight of quality assurance documentation and project safety.

Certifying Engineer during execution phase of new tailings dams, tailings dam raise at remote North Queensland and Northern Territory sites. Including instrumentation installation and interpretation engineering assessment and analysis of exposed ground conditions as well as development of detailed testing programs to verify design intent is achieved.

Designs, Water Balance and Capacity Assessments for numerous water and tailings storage facilities. Preparing detailed issued for construction documentation and leading safety in design workshops.


Technical Consultant

Don joined Red Earth Engineering in 2009 after working for over 30 years in the mineral processing industry. Don graduated in Civil Engineering at the University of Western Australia in 1970. He gained early engineering and environmental experience in the solar salt industry at Shark Bay in Western Australia, with the Iron Ore Company of Canada in Quebec, and Sigma Resource Consultants in British Columbia.

He formalised his interest in environmental engineering by gaining a Masters Degree in Pollution Control Engineering at the University of British Columbia in 1975, before returning to Western Australia in 1976.

Don then joined Alcoa World Alumina Australia where he worked for 28 years in a variety of roles within the engineering and environmental functions. His Alcoa experience has included environmental assessment and engineering design of major facilities, leadership of a bauxite residue technology development team, a senior global consulting role on bauxite residue management and associated issues, a functional leadership role covering Alcoa's Western Australian Operations, and a strategic advisory role on key environmental issues. Some of the issues that he has addressed include improved technology for bauxite residue management, groundwater contamination, air emissions, land management and water conservation. During his Alcoa career he had opportunities to provide advice to a sister company WMC on tailings and environmental issues and ge was seconded to the Western Australian Government's Departments of Resource Development for a 12 month period.

Don's leadership in the field of bauxite residue management was specifically acknowledged by Alcoa's global organisation when he left the company in 2004. In 2006 he was awarded the McConnell Award by the American Institute of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers in recognition of his contribution to bauxite residue management.

Don has authored or co-authored more than 20 technical papers and conference presentations.


Senior Engineer

B.Eng. M.Eng Hons CPEng, MIEAust, RPEQ Drew is a Senior Civil Engineer and Surface Water Infrastructure Specialist with more than 10 years' experience designing infrastructure for major civil and mining projects in Australia and South East Asia.

He has delivered a wide range of surface water, mine site infrastructure, HDPE lined ponds and general civil engineering projects, from initial investigation through to concept design, analysis, detailed design, construction supervision and certification. Drew has a broad range of skills which allow him to work with a range of specialists and provide an integrated design package for his clients.


Senior Engineer

B.Eng Civil (Hons), MIEAust Celeste is a Senior Civil Engineer with more than 15 years' experience gained through a wide range of Civil and Water Resource projects in the Coal Seam Gas (CSG), mining and government infrastructure industries.

In recent years, Celeste has held key design team lead roles responsible for the delivery of detailed design and construction packages for regulated geosynthetic lined dams and flood levees. She has a keen understanding of Client and stakeholder needs and has successfully achieved government approval for numerous dam design plans, consequence category assessments, operational and emergency response plans.

Celeste’s early experience was gained predominately in stormwater design, her demonstrated water resources skills are applied to modelling and design of associated hydraulic structures including spillways, sediment basins, road culverts and energy dissipation structures. She is also experienced in developing erosion and sediment control plans for large earthwork projects.


Geotechnical Engineer

Benoit is a CPEng RPEQ Geotechnical Engineer and Certified Project Management Professional with 13 years experience. During his career to date, he has been responsible for project management and site management of multi-million dollar geotechnical engineering and design projects.

Specialties include geotechnical investigation related to LNG plants and pipelines and large scale landslides, civil designs related to tailings storage facilities and CSG infrastructure, planning and supervision of geotechnical field investigations, advanced engineering analysis and design.

Project related engineering experience includes evaluation of bearing capacity and settlement of shallow and deep foundations, pile group analysis, ground anchor design installation and testing, soil nailing and anchored wall design, settlement prediction, development and management of settlement monitoring programs, slope design and stability assessment, and numerical modelling.


Principal Dam Engineer / Tailings Consultant

Ged is a geotechnical engineer with over 20 years experience in the areas of mine waste management and civil earthworks. He has worked on design, construction and operational projects around the world, from tropical environments with several metres of annual rainfall, to arid desert sites with seasonal temperature variations of up to 70 deg Celsius.

Ged has held senior management positions within consulting organisations and has a proven track record of managing multi-disciplinary project teams spread across the globe in remote and/or technically and geo-politically challenging regions.

Ged's key areas of expertise include: tailings dams, waste rock dumps, mine water supply dams, mine surface water management, earthworks quality assurance, inspections and audits.


Tailings Engineer

David is a Principal Tailings/Geotech/Civil Engineer with extensive experience working on projects in Australia and overseas. He is a Certified Professional Engineer of Engineers Australia (CPEng) and is a Registered Professional Engineer, Nationally and in Queensland (NER/RPEQ).

David’s experiences include earth dam design and rehabilitation including the design and construction supervision of tailings dams, geotechnical investigation planning and supervision, foundation design, slope, stability assessment, drainage design, and unbound pavement design. His project experience extends from local municipal projects to multinational mining and oil and gas developments throughout Australia, Asia and the Pacific.