W.H.Bryan Mining & Geology Research Centre 

The W.H. Bryan Mining & Geology Research Centre (BRC) has a reputation for practical innovation and leadership in deep mine development and operation.

With a diverse range of mining and ‘geo’ expertise, BRC is focused on delivering industrial research solutions for active and future mines.

The BRC will lead change by developing new and improved methods for ore extraction and, most importantly for future mining effectiveness, in enhancing total deposit knowledge and predictive understanding of ore bodies.
Applied and strategic research innovation will focus on:

  • Improving discovery of major metalliferous deposits and reducing the time to production.
  • Innovation in deeper mining environments (managing technical risk and improving predictive performance).
  • Optimisation of capital investment in mine development.
  • Sustainable reduction in operating costs.
  • Data analytics/modelling, managing variability and uncertainty for improved productivity/return on capital deployed. 

General Enquiries

Phone: +61 7 3346 5977

Email: brc@uq.edu.au

Postal Address

WH Bryan Mining & Geology Research Centre
The University of Queensland
Experimental Mine Site
40 Isles Road
Indooroopilly, QLD 4068


Professor Rick Valenta
Phone: +61 7 3365 5881
Fax: +61 7 3365 5999 
Email: r.valenta@uq.edu.au


Our Expertise

Our range of expertise is focussed on several of the significant development and operating challenges that are facing the world’s mining industry as it seeks to realise the opportunities that a rapidly increasing global demand for a diverse range of mineral commodities is offering. 

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Where we Work

BRC staff have extensive worldwide experience. Whilst its current portfolio of projects is more strongly focused in Australia, the centre is in the process of growing a stronger international presence.

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What we do

The BRC has three complimentary applied research programmes that draw upon expertise in geoscience, mine engineering, geostatistics and valuation; to provide solution-based outcomes to industry in mining and mining/exploration geoscience.  The BRC has a collaborative network which includes industry partners, research institutions, and government.

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Learn with us

The BRC are involved in a number of research and consulting projects and are looking for highly motivated postgraduate students with background in mining engineering, geology or basic sciences.

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Who we are

The BRC comprises a research team of industry professionals (Geology and Mining Engineering) with applied research expertise.  The BRC has access to a range of discipline experts within the broader SMI to facilitate delivery of multi-faceted research projects which span the mining life-cycle.

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