David Noon, GroundProbe, nominated to International Mining Technology Hall of Fame; ‘Safety’

David Noon co-founded GroundProbe in 2001 after co-inventing the original Slope Stability Radar (SSR) whilst working as a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Queensland. He began his career at GroundProbe as the Chief Technology Officer and after holding a number of senior positions across technology-based roles, is currently the Vice President, Global Operations & Sales.

GroundProbe uses radar technology towards detecting mine slope failures that do not require physical access to slope walls, and provided real time monitoring in a broad range of conditions.

Today, GroundProbe provides geotechnical monitoring solutions to both open-pit and underground mines around the world. GroundProbe has customers in over 29 countries, supported by offices in Australia, the Americas, Asia and Africa, and currently employs over 160 staff and 50 support technicians, globally. Rio Tinto, BHP Billiton, Anglo American and Vale are amongst some of its global blue chip mining customers.

Over 900 mine wall collapses have successfully been monitored by GroundProbe’s technologies and numerous lives have been saved through its early detection.

Noon is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, and a Registered Professional Engineer, Electrical, in Queensland. In 2008 he was recognised as “an outstanding contributor to the global mining industry” in Australian Mining’s Prospector Awards. He holds a Doctorate in Electrical Engineering from the University of Queensland and has completed the Entrepreneurial Development Program from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as well as the Executive Program for Growing Companies in Entrepreneurship from Stanford University.

The picture shows GroundProbe’s latest product, the Geotech Monitoring Station (GMS).