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The Team

Meet the nucleus of atomorphis!

Christie Myburgh

Chief Technical Officer

Christie has several publications to his name most notably an award-winning paper for the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Track at GECCO USA 2016.  This paper describes the work that led to the discovery of a custom genetic algorithm that efficiently solve an extremely high dimensional integer linear optimisation problem, in the order of a billion variables.

When he isn’t glued to his computer screen, he is enjoying movies, some fishing and trying his best to not embarrass himself on the golf course.

As part of the Evolution acquisition Christie moved to Maptek during 2014 where he eventually became the Head of Development Mine Planning Solutions.  There he successfully established a Machine Learning department and they were the first to successfully use deep learning models to perform geological modelling. 

Of late Christie is focusing on creating custom solutions to complex practical problems using complexity theory and various memetic and machine learning algorithms.  Currently he is developing a new optimisation framework which combines AI, Evolutionary Algorithms and various simulation engines.

Steve Craig
Chief Executive Officer

Steve commenced his career as a mining engineer in 1988 and has worked in multiple operations in both operations and mine planning roles.

 

Since 1995, Steve has worked as a consultant engineer on many different projects across the globe. During 2005, Steve and Ross Cheyne co-founded ORELOGY Consulting and have continued to grow the business. Christie Myburgh was ORELOGY's first employee starting work in 2006.

During 2008, Steve, together with his Christie and Ross, commenced the development of Evolution Scheduling Software. At the time, the ethos behind the software was to use cutting edge technology such as the cloud infrastructure for managing, storing and processing schedules; multi objective evolution optimisation techniques and subscription as a service as a means to deliver these services to clients.

At the time, many of these techniques were truly innovative and are now considered mainstream.

Since 2014, Evolution was acquired by Maptek who are a leading supplier of mining software and as such, the user base has now increased to over 70 licenses around the world. Evolution continues to improve the value of many operations and projects through cut-off grade, haulage and blend optimisation techniques.

atomorphis leverages off this experience and represents the opportunity to combine and apply machine learning, artificial intelligence and evolutionary optimisation techniques into a unique framework to simulate and optimise complex processes.

Nathan Middleton

Business Development Manager

Nathan started working in the mining industry very early. Only two months after finishing high school, at the tender age of 17, he was working underground, for what was then Western Mining Corporation as a cadet surveyor in the Eastern Goldfields of Western Australia. An unusual start was just an early indication of a slightly different career path that has seen Nathan work in technical roles, software sales/support/ marketing and traditional mining operational roles across both surface and underground operations.

After 7 years of working underground as a Mine Surveyor and completing his studies at the West Australian School of Mines, Nathan moved into the software arena, taking a role working for Surpac. The last few years with Surpac Nathan was promoted to the Manager for the European division, living and working out of Nottingham in the United Kingdom.

After several years in the UK Nathan decided to move his very young family back to Perth and connected with Ross Cheyne about a role in a new consulting company where he became employee number 4 with ORELOGY and the relationship with Steve and Christie was formed.

Nathan spent 5 years with ORELOGY, but felt a pull to move into an operational role within Iron Ore. Nathan joined Fortescue Metals Group and the following 9-year journey saw several roles within the FMG business both Perth and site based roles. Nathan spent several years as the Technical Manager at the FMG Christmas Creek and Solomon operations.

Being at Solomon over a 4 year period was a very exciting time with a large amount of mining activity taking place at the same time as FMG were implementing their autonomous mining technology both in trucking and large drill rigs. The advancement in a short period of time required flexibility and a lot of determination across the business to make the best of the new technology.

It was his time at Solomon that saw Nathan start to think about a gap in the planning process and that was the seed for what is now the gemini product.

Nathan’s final 2 years with FMG were in the FMG Studies group which exposed Nathan to Discrete Event Simulation and its applications across the FMG value chain. This was the next piece in the puzzle for the formation of the gemini solution and eventually led to re-connect with Steve and Christie around the potential to create a software solution that could be put into the market for general use.

The key to the gemini product is its MINING FIRST attitude.  Atomorphis is made up of mining people with a strong understanding of, and focus on mining. They have picked up other skills along the way such as exposure software development, but they are mining people first with practical and current experience.

At the time of writing, Nathan has over 30 years of mining experience, nearly 15 of those years operationally based, and the rest in software development and training within the mining industry.