Outstanding Contribution to Mining Finalist: David Noon

Dr David Noon has been named a finalist in the 5th Annual Australian Mining Prospect Awards for his contribution to mine safety.

Dr David Noon has been named a finalist in the 5th Annual Australian Mining Prospect Awards for his contribution to mine safety.

Dr Noon’s personal mission has been to eliminate fatalities, injuries and equipment damage caused by rock wall failures in open pit mines and to do this he envisaged the use of Differential Radar Interferometry to remotely measure movements of an entire rock wall.

Dr Noon proceeded to co-invent the Slope Stability Radar (SSR), a state-of-the-art technology that is used for slope stability monitoring of open-cut mine walls.

The invention is considered by many to be industry standard in open-cut mine safety and optimisation.

It is the first system in the world that provides continuous, precise and real time online measurement of rock wall movements across the entire face of a wall.

The system was able to detect significant wall collapses and give sufficient warning to allow the safe evacuation of people and equipment. Furthermore, it is now possible to redesign mine plans based on the output of the SSR technology.

Dr Noon has a first class honours bachelors degree (1991) and PhD (1996) in Electrical Engineering, and has completed an Executive Program for Growing Companies at Stanford University (2006), and an entrepreneurship Development Program at MIT (2008).

In 2008, Dr Noon received the Clunies Ross Medal from the Australian Academy for Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE), which recognises people who have made important contributions to science and its application for the benefit of Australians.

David is also a recipient of an Innovation Heroes Award from the University of Sydney, and received the 2006 Australian Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Technology from Ernest & Young.

Prior to forming GroundProbe, David was a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Queensland (1996-2003), working in a team to develop and commercialise radar technologies for the mining industry.

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