Our team of experts

Technical expertise and a professional approach come together at FIELD Engineers. Meet our leaders.

General Manager

David Hartigan

David Hartigan

BEng, BBus (Mgt), RPEQ, FIEAust, EngExec, GAICD

Experience: More than 20 years in construction, maintenance and consulting.

Key areas of expertise:

  • Cranes and rigging systems
  • Incident investigation & forensic engineering

Most rewarding part of the job:
Working with an excellent team that we’ve built from scratch over many years.

Manager – Mining and Projects

Jon Halliday

Jon Halliday

BE, WTIA, Global Minerals Industry Risk Management

Experience: Over 24 years in the mining industry.

Key areas of expertise:

  • Construction and maintenance shutdowns
  • Draglines
  • Shovels
  • Washplants

Most rewarding part of the job:
Seeing a machine go back up online after it’s been completely rebuilt in the field.

Senior Civil/Structural Engineer

Matt Posthumus

Matt Posthumus

BEng (Civil), CPEng, RPEQ

Experience: More than 40 years in civil design, structural engineering and construction.

Key areas of expertise:

  • Infrastructure services – roads, drainage, water, sewerage, earthworks.
  • Concrete, masonry and steel structures.

Most rewarding part of the job:
Devising a practical engineering solution for a unique set of circumstances and then overseeing its construction. Mentoring younger engineers and watching them gain experience and confidence.

Principal Engineer – Special Projects

Slawek Drabot

Slawek Drabot

BE (Hons), MSc, GDM, CPEng, RPEQ

Experience: Over 8 years in the mining industry; 22 years in product development, testing, qualification and statutory compliance within research & development, manufacturing and supply chain operations.

Key areas of expertise:

  • Design and analysis
  • Product development
  • Statutory compliance

Most rewarding part of the job
Solving multifaceted problems.

Manager – Commercial

Matt Doidge

Matt Doidge

BE (Hons)

Experience: Over 20 years in the mining industry.

Key areas of expertise:

  • Project management
  • Shutdown maintenance
  • Mechanical design and drafting

Most rewarding part of the job:
Working with clients to identify the root of their problem and then designing an efficient solution for them. It’s always fun to come up with a design that does more with less.

Manager – Engineering

Desmond Searle

Desmond Searle

BEng (Hons), RPEQ, MIEAust, CPEng, NER

Experience: More than 20 years as a mechanical engineer in the consulting, mining and materials handling sectors.

Key areas of expertise:

  • Bulk materials handling system design
  • Pump and pipeline design
  • Feasibility studies
  • Technical due diligence

Most rewarding part of the job:
Working with multidisciplinary engineering teams to develop fit-for-purpose solutions.  Mentoring engineers and designers and seeing them develop into confident and professional team members.

Senior Engineer – Failure Analysis

Richard Billett

Richard Billett

B.Eng (Mech), B.Bus (Econ), RPEQ, CPEng.

Experience. A mechanical engineer with more than 15 years’ experience with a specialisation in failure analysis of machinery, project engineering for a variety of mining projects, and product development.

Key areas of expertise:

  • Failure analysis
  • Professional expert witness
  • Product design, analysis and development
  • Finite element analysis (FEA) and computational fluid dynamics (CFD)
  • Project management
  • Intellectual property review and development

Most rewarding part of the job

Managing and delivering engineering design projects, and assisting clients with the analysis of projects particularly when an incident investigation is required and preparing legal expert witness reports.