Speaker Spotlight: Greg Lane

8 July 2019

As we approach MetPlant 2019, we will be interviewing our keynote speakers about their upcoming presentations and some key issues in the minerals processing sector.

We recently interviewed Greg Lane FAusIMM, Chief Technical Officer at Ausenco on his upcoming presentation at MetPlant 2019 and his views on the industry.  Greg is a global leader in the fields of project development, comminution and concentrator design and in his role as Chief Technical Officer, manages the programs at Ausenco that underpin their ability to provide ingenious solutions that redefine what’s possible for minerals processing.
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Is it easy to apply lessons learnt from smaller projects to big projects?

Projects are more about the people challenges than the technical challenges. Large projects are complex because of the greater number of interfaces, between people, between contracts and between scope elements. Hence, the lessons learnt from smaller projects can be applied to big projects, but the challenges are to apply these lessons consistently by establishing a supporting project culture.

In your opinion, what project is the epitome of “getting it right” in terms of best practice in design and alternatively what are the recurring mistakes you see?

No project is perfect. But good leadership and aligning a team behind a common set of goals goes a long way to “getting it right”. Alignment processes are dependent on the contracting strategy as some contracting approaches, such as “lump sum”, require more rigour earlier in the project to be effective. However, of all contracting approaches, efficient and effective change management processes are a key element in maintaining alignment, cost focus and schedule clarity.

From an engineering perspective, vendor data management is often an area that impacts on engineering completion. Poor planning and vendor data management will lead to schedule and cost overruns of weeks and millions of dollars to a large project duration and cost, respectively.

As a long term supporter of the AusIMM and the MetPlant conference series, what is it that brings you back?

MetPlant brings together plant operators, engineers and vendors to discuss issues and opportunities in a mineral processing forum . The consistent theme, Perth location and dedicated convenor versus differing themes, alternating host cities and a changing organising committee differentiates it from other AusIMM processing conferences.

What message would you like to provide to the delegates – what do you hope will be the main message they will take away from your keynote presentation?

The main message from my keynote presentation is “It is possible to translate lessons learnt in executing small projects to large projects. The main requirement is to seek the simplest path and try to avoid unnecessary complexity.”

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