Industry Q&A: Senior Geologist

As part of our new Q&A series we interview you, and find out what your job is day to day. In this edition we speak to Nicky Pollington, a senior geologist at pitt&sherry.

Australian Mining: What are your primary roles and responsibilities in your job? Give us a day in your working

Nicky Pollington: I am a geologist with experience over a broad range of commodities and my days can be quite varied from detailed geological and geotechnical studies through to environmental studies and documentation

AM: What training/education did you need for your job?

NP: Bachelor Degree in Science with Honours (BSc. Hons), Majoring in Geology, University of Tasmania, CODES.

AM: How did you get to where you are today? Give us a bullet point career path.

NP: Fiji – field exploration and studies
Tanami – mine geologist
Cadjebut – exploration geologist
Cyprus – geotechnical studies and dam repairs
Uganda – geology, processing and quarrying
Zambia – detailed geological studies
Hot Dry Rocks – based in Tasmania, Senior Consultant – geothermal energy
pitt&sherry – Senior Geologist

AM: What tools and/or sofware do you use on a daily basis? 

NP: Arc, MapInfo/Discover, voxler, other 3D modelling software

AM: What is the one thing that you are most proud of in your professional life? 

NP: Living and working in Uganda was both challenging workwise and personally. But I enjoyed it and am proud of the what we all managed to acheive in sometimes very trying conditions.

AM: Biggest daily challenge? 

NP: Finding enough time in my day.

AM: Biggest career challenge?

NP: Coming back to work after the birth of my twins.

AM: What is your biggest frustration in your job?

NP: I would often like to spend more time on things, but given the nature of the business it is generally not possible.

AM: What is the biggest challenge facing your business?

NP: Getting the time whilst working on completing tasks to keep up with what is going on in the industry.

This article is part of Australian Mining's new industry map, where we try to build a picture of the mining industry job by job. 

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