Project Management

Preliminaries through to Implementation

Scope development


Tender management

CapEx and Opex modelling

Planning & scheduling (using Microsoft Project)


Works supervision

Financial management

Quality management


Post-completion audits

Process Engineering and Optimisation

Process flow modelling – including Aggflow™ support and training

New or existing crushing and screening plants

Blending design (combined gradings for specification crushed rock products)

Equipment selection & evaluation

Process improvement

Operational Reviews

OHS&E compliance reviews / audits

Operational improvement

OpEx and COP modelling and assessment

Planning support

Support with due-diligence work

Asset Condition Assessments

Fixed and mobile crushing & screening plants

OHS&E compliance (e.g. mechanical guarding, access)

Plant refurbishment planning & cost estimation

Asset management planning support

IR Thermography

Support with due-diligence work

Design Reviews

Independent design review

Process design review

Drawing review – concept through to construction

Peer Reviews

OHS & E Compliance

Safety Management Systems & Documentation

In-field assessments

Code compliance - mechanical guarding

Code compliance – access / egress

Code compliance - conveyors

Review of planning conditions

Safety awareness training

Expert Witness

Dispute actions

Technical review

Court appointed independent assessment

Planning Applications & Appeals


Blue Rock Quarry – Fixed Plant Upgrade Project

Oxenford Quarry – Fixed Plant Stages 2/3

Kalbar Quarry – Modular Secondary/Tertiary Plant

Mt Bundey Quarry (NT)

NS Rail CTW300 Project (KSA)

Oxenford Quarry – Fixed Plant Stage 1

River Sands CFFS Project


Mike Cooper commenced his career in the construction materials industry with Pioneer Concrete in Sydney in 1976. Under Pioneer’s cadetship scheme at the time, Mike undertook a Civil Engineering Degree at the (then) NSW Institute of Technology (now UTS), which was completed in 1981.

Through his cadetship program, Mike worked at quarries such as Wallgrove and Bass Point, and also in the Sydney metro concrete division, eventually as Plant Manager at Rydalmere (near Parramatta).

An opportunity as Brisbane metro quarries operations engineer with BMI, lured Mike (and new wife Keryn) to move to Brisbane in 1982, and they have remained “Queenslanders” ever since. Over almost 16 years, Mike held a number of positions with BMI, transitioning to Boral, including tenure as the first Quarry Manager at the greenfield Whiteside Quarry (Boral Petrie) from 1990 – 1994.

Mike joined the Institute of Quarrying in 1983, and has been a continuous member of the QLD Branch Committee since 1986, including two terms as Branch Chairman from 1995 – 1997. Also in 1997, Mike chaired the 41st Annual Conference for the IQA.

Mike also held roles on the IQA National Council from 1995 – 2007, including 4 years as a Vice President.

Mike also represented the IQA and the industry on the Australian Standards Technical Committee CE25 which reviewed and revised AS2187.1 – 1998 (Explosives – storage, transport & use), and sat on the panel (as an industry representative) for the review and amendment of the QLD Mining and Quarry Safety and Health Act – 1999.

Today, Mike has his own company (MD Cooper Consulting Pty Ltd), and continues to work in the construction materials industry, principally as a Project Manager and Project Engineer.


Please contact me with any enquiries via the contact form or the details below

ABN: 89 224 372 903

Mobile: +61 (0)438 062 473

Office Ph/ Fax: +61 (0)7 3806 2475


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