Brian Hall is a mining engineer with degrees in mining engineering and commerce from the University of Queensland. He worked for the Consolidated Gold Fields group from 1973 to 1982, at Mt Lyell in Tasmania and at the West Driefontein gold mine and the Black Mountain base metals operation in South Africa. From 1982 to 1994, he held various planning and operating management positions at Mount Isa Mines Ltd in North west Queensland.
Brian joined what is now AMC Consultants in Melbourne in 1994. He has worked in mine planning, design and scheduling, computer simulations of operations, technical audits, strategic reviews, feasibility studies, cut-off grade studies, and strategy optimizations in Australasia, Asia, Europe, and North America. During the last 15 years, Brian has specialized in the optimization of cut-off grades and strategic mine plans. He presents workshops on project evaluation, the theory and practical application of cut-off grades, and mine and business strategy optimization. He has authored the authoritative textbook, Cut-off Grades and Optimising the Strategic Mine Plan, published by the AusIMM in 2014.
Brian also lectures at Curtin University in Perth, where he presents a unit in the Master of Mineral and Energy Economics programme three times a year. Brian officially retired from full time work earlier this year, but is still available for part-time provision of training, advice, and general grey-haired arm-waving.