Marius Stander : Senior Consulting Geotechnical Engineer

Senior Consulting Geotechnical Engineer
Designation: Senior Consulting Geotechnical Engineer
Tertiary qualifications: NHD (Mining Eng), Mine Manager's Cert of Comp, CoM REC, AREC, GDE (Rock Engineering)
Number of years' experience: 17 Years
Professional affiliations: MSANIRE, MSAIMM

Marius Stander joined the mining industry in 1998 as a learner production official and subsequently furthered his career by qualifying as a rock engineer. During his employment with AngloGold Ashanti he worked on various operations with majority of his time spent on Tau Tona and Mponeng mines in the Carletonville area. He participated as a main contributor on a strategic project for Anglogold and also published a paper in capacity of main author entitled "The Effectiveness of Splitsets as primary support at Mponeng Mine" at the 2006 SANIRE Symposium. He also conducted work and is co-author of a paper named "Fractures around stopes in the Wits and BIC".

Marius joined OHMS in November 2009 and he was appointed as Business Unit Manager responsible for the Operations of OHMS in the North West Business unit. During 2012, he was contracted by TWP Projects as the project manager of a Pre-Feasibility study on one of the AngloGold Ashanti Mines in the Vaal River Region. Since 2012, Marius have been involved in junior miner's operations of aggregate and diamond quarries and pits to compile their relevant Codes of Practices and provide routine geotechnical services. Further he was involved in the Development of a New Board and Pillar Mine in the Northern Cape.

Since 2014, Marius was involved internationally on various projects countries, such as, Zimbabwe, Zambia, the DRC and Burkina Fasso. The projects dealt with geotechnical systems audits, assess and advise on staffing requirements, development site specific Geotechnical Training Lesson Plans and relevant training aids. Further Marius was involved in the collection, processing and interpretation of Geotechnical data to provide input on Geotechnical design projects and development of ground control management plans.

From 2016 to 2021, Marius was examiner for the Chamber of Mine Certificate in Rock Mechanic, Specifically dealing with Papers 2 and 3.1.

Marius' experience base ranges from low stress shallow mining operations to Deep Level high stress mining.

His other areas of operational and technical expertise include:
  • Site investigation and material characterisation;
  • Design of excavations and geotechnical monitoring;
  • Risk assessment;
  • Support layouts and design for normal and abnormal conditions;
  • Drafting of COP for surface and underground mines;
  • Surface and underground Pre-feasibility and bankable studies;
  • Day to day managing of Rock Engineering services for clients.