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Chris Monteiro

Ore body Knowledge & Planning Geologist at Rio Tinto 


  • Masters student leveraging expertise in geology, exploration, field projects, GIS and RS
  • Steers development of producing maps and reports , grade control operations,  geospatial modelling using Surpac and Leapfrog  
  • Drives industry-focused solutions with an expertise in dynamics of ore body genesis and competence of ground-truthing to quantify and model resources identified



Master of Mineral Resources

The University of Queensland

Graduate Diploma of Geographic Information Science and Remote Sensing

The University of Queensland 

Graduate Certificate of Geological Sciences

The University of Queensland 

Bachelor of Geology, with an Extended Major

The University of Queensland 

Work History

Aug 2017  Present

Orebody Knowledge & Planning Geologist

Rio Tinto 
  • Monitoring and supervising drilling programs, drill rigs and associated personnel. Working with third party contractors to schedule and execute drilling plans effectively and efficiently, while reviewing and communicating contractor reporting and service delivery.
  • Responsibilities Included:  Communicating and understanding contractor reporting variances to foster productive working relationships across all internal and external stakeholders. • Maintaining health, safety and security standards and principles, both within the workplace and through the identification of potential risks throughout the exploration and mining operation, including environmental responsibility and sustainable development.
Jan 2017  Jul 2017 

Resource Evaluation Geologist

Fortescue Metals Group
  • Interpreting and analysing the results of drilling and other geological and geotechnical information, to delineate current and future exploration targets, and support evaluations of ore reserves/resources to effect efficient mining operations.
  • Responsibilities Included: Geological interpretation, project reviews, creating geological maps and cross-sections • Actively identifying and communicating improvements to procedures, processes and participating in problem solving and troubleshooting of operational issues as required.• Responsible for determining suitable EOH depth and QAQC for new and existing drill pads.• Geological field mapping with acQuire software • RC logging and sampling
Jan 2016  Dec 2016

Environmental Geologist 

  • Monitoring post-mining operations for rehabilitation purposes at Western Coalfields, NSW. UAV based evaluation and spatial distribution of land degradation.
  • Responsibilities Included: Examining ex-situ deformities, tracking gullying and acid-mine drainage. • Calculating soil stability indices, carbon-sink values, and performing a change detection analysis. • Using ArcGIS and eCognition for Object based image analysis as well as developing algorithms and rule sets to delineate the most suitable textures and analysis scale for differentiating relevant features
Jan 2014  Dec 2016

Data Analyst

  • Responsibilities Included: Assisting product development, maintaining supplier relations, marketing new products • Data analysis and spatial modelling • Criteria-based planning • Source the latest environmentally friendly products • Developing and implementing new concepts and techniques of modelling for complex spatial problems • Training Staff
  • Specific Accomplishments: Increased profits up to 15% in the last quarter, implemented marketing strategies based on spatial data analysis. 


Iron Ore 

  • 2016 Pilbara West, WA - Monitored a brownfields exploration & resource definition program for FMG
  • 2017 Pilbara East,WA - Monitored a resource planning and evaluation program for Rio Tinto 


  • 2016 Ivanhoe, NSW- Conducted a Mine Rehabilitation analysis, using UAV (RS) & GIS. 
  • 2015 Pilbara, WA - Detected hydrothermal alteration zones using Remote Sensing & ArcGIS. 
  • 2013 Mt. Isa, QLD - Performed a geological survey, prospect analysis & resource modelling using SURPAC.


  • 2016 Brisbane, QLD- Conducted Stream & Soil sediment analysis (collection & interpretation)
  • 2015 Pilbara - Detected & evaluated the resource dispersion and distribution using historical data. 
  • 2011 Crystal Mountain, QLD - Investigated the exploration of ore deposits, based on samples & laboratory mineral analysis.


  • 2013 Orissa, India - Undertook a guided research, report thesis about Deccan traps. 
  • 2012 Emerald, QLD - Analysed the economic/geopolitical aspects of ore deposit exploration.
  • 2011 Crystal Mountain, QLD - Completed a project thesis on hydrothermal and porphyry systems.