W.H.Bryan Mining & Geology Research Centre 

The WH Bryan Mining and Geology Research Centre (BRC) is focused on creating industry impact through applied research and training in the areas of mining and geology.

The aim of the BRC is to maximise the value of geoscientific data across the mining value chain in the pursuit of sustainable and responsible mineral production

We are a team of 35 staff and postgraduate students, with female researchers making up just over 50% of the staff. All of our staff have strong industry links and deep knowledge of real world industry challenges. Our staff have a unique combination of industry and academic backgrounds, with strong academic track records complemented by over 150 years of combined real world industry experience.

Our team brings a strong mix of skills and backgrounds including economic geology, geophysics, environmental geochemistry, geotechnical, underground mass mining, mineral chemistry, structural geology and tectonics, geometallurgy, mineral processing and data analytics. We bring these skills to a broad range of geoscientific problems.

The BRC’s main areas of research focus are:

  • Total Deposit Knowledge – focused on the best possible understanding of the rock characteristics that will influence decision-making at every stage from exploration to mining and mineral processing.
  • Deep Mining Geoscience – focused on understanding the significant geoscientific technical and operational challenges associated with deep underground mass mining.
  • Mine Waste Transformation and Characterisation – aimed at improving methodologies for predicting the behaviour of future mine wastes, in order to protect communities,  reduce liabilities and realise potential economic benefits.

We measure our impact through engagement with our industry partners and through uptake of our ideas and recommendations, as well as more traditional academic outputs. Our outputs are reports, articles workshops, datasets, online tools and portals and organised forums.

General Enquiries

Phone: +61 7 3346 5977

Email: brc.admin@uq.edu.au

Postal Address

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


Professor Rick Valenta
T:  +61 7 3365 5881
M: +61 4 2749 1633
E: r.valenta@uq.edu.au

Postgraduate Studies

Dr Kathryn Sturman
Postgraduate Coordinator
Phone:+61 7 3346 4006
Email: smipostgrad@uq.edu.au

How to Find Us

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BRC is located at the UQ Experimental Mine Site a 10-15 minute walk from the Indooroopilly shopping centre. 

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