Rhys French Geotechnial previously known as Austral-Asia Geotechnical P/L
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Austral-Asia Geotechnical on Perilya Mining

Austral-Asia Geotechnical works for SPIECAPAG on the PNG-LNG Pipeline Project as a Consultant and as Field Construction Supervision

Austral-Asia Geotechnical on Perilya Mining

Austral-Asia Geotechnical works for Perilya Minining in the famous Broken Hill Ag-Pb-Zn deposit.
Black Earth Geotechnical on Macleay River 2011
Austral-Asia Geotechnical contracts to ARUP on the Macleay River and Flood Plain Bridge-Geotechnical Investigation. 
DEC 2010
Austral-Asia Geotechnical works for St Barbara Gold Mine Leonora;  Austral-Asia Geotechnical works for BHP Area C Iron Ore Exploration and Geotechnical/
Hydrogeological 2010.

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Capability Statement

Rhys has over 30 years experience as an Engineering Geologist and Geotechnical Engineer who has been working in the Geomechanical and Geotechnical industry since 1983.  Rhys has six years mining experience and 23 years civil infrastructure experience.

Rhys also has significant man management and communication skills.

Since 1983 Rhys has worked around Australia in the Northern and Central Queensland regions. 

Firstly with Douglas Partners and secondly with Roadtest P/L.  His main role has been that of an Engineering Geologist in the following fields:

  • commercial and residential geotechnical investigations
  • quarry source assessments and certifications
  • materials exploration
  • Acid Sulfate Soils (ASS) investigations

Some of the more important Projects that Rhys has managed are as follows:

Western Australia:

  • St Barbaras Goldmine Leonora Geotechnical Mine Design and Operation.
  • BHP Area C Geotechnical and Geological and Hydro Technology.
  • Structural and Geotechnical Studies at Cowal Gold Mine, Porgera Gold Mine, BHP Area C Iron Ore Pits and Gwalia Gold Mine Leonora. 
  • Large Scale Geotechnical Investigations at Devils Creek Development Project-WA,  Blaydin Point-Darwin and Macleay River-Kempsey.  

Central Queensland:

  • GLNG Pipeline Geotechnical advice.
  • Slope Stability Analysis for residential development in Yeppoon and Emu Park
  • Geotechnical Investigation for the Telecasters Microwave Tower Sites(Central and North Queensland)
  • Geotechnical investigation for the Proposed Cinema and Transit Center, Airlie Beach
  • Pile Inspections for the Callide C Overland Conveyor and the Longreach Pastoral College                                                                                           
  • Geotechnical Investigation for the proposed SAF facility-Rockhampton Airport
  • Geotechnical Investigations for the Blackwater and Kenmare Mines
  • Engineering Geology appraisal of the proposed Comalco Aluminum Refinery Site- Gladstone                                            
  • Geotechnical Investigation of the Boyne Smelters Limited Wharf       
                Hardstand Area, Gladstone
  • ASS investigations Tannum
    • Port of Bowen Development (ASS)
  • Trinity Bay (Airlie Beach) Slipway investigation
  • Awoonga Dam Project - Bridge Work Inspections
  • Fig Tree Creek Development Yeppoon
  • Yeppoon Residential and Shop Development
  • Stuart Mine Reclamation Project (X-Mine Waste Dump) Oil Shale Project

Rhys has conducted Quarry Source Assessments, Certifications and Materials Exploration for the following Central Queensland Quarries:

  • Kianga,Yarwun, Rainbow Creek, Fairveiw, Nerimbera, Luxor, Rankin, Shepton, Kinka,      Mt Glenvale and Midgee (near Rockhampton)

In Townsville Rhys was involved in the following Major Projects:

  • Geotechnical Investigation for the Cairns Esplanade Development
  • Townsville Airport Development
  • Normanby Water Storage and Recreation Development
  • Ross River Dam Rip-Rap Investigation
  • Ayr ASS investigations
  • Port of Townsville Development-WMC Fertilizer Facility
  • Government and Commercial Development-Charters Towers
  • Magnetic Island Tourist Development 

Rhys has also been involved in Environmental Studies for reclaimed land and old fuel storage facilities.  In between major projects his work consists of  residential house site investigations, senior soil  testing and consultation.  Level 1 Supervision and Site Based Management Plans are also services offered.   

Other significant Investigations Rhys has been involved in are as follows:

  • Porgera Goldmine (PNG) Pit Appraisal
  • Macleay River/Kempsey bypass operation
  • Ipswich Motorway upgrade
  • alterations to the Royal British Museum (Edward VII) building
  • $90 000 000 Yass By-Pass Operation
  • Extensions to the Tindall RAAF Base
  • Awoonga to Gladstone Power Station, second fresh water pipe line
  • New Brisbane International Airport (NBIA)
  • Burnett Highway Investigations

Wether its pile inspections, large scale commercial geotechnical investigation or house site investigations (we now do Footing Designs for residential and light commercial development). Rhys has a power base of information in those areas and is fully qualified to Project Manage the works. 

Rhys also has a network of associates in the Geotechnical arena, which can provide rapid support and advice for the more demanding jobs.