HGS Australia is a Western Australian owned and operated company, which offers a complete range of exploration services to Australia’s mining and exploration industries.
We provide alternative and modern business models for today’s junior exploration companies.
All-in-One Exploration Services
At HGS, we understand that exploration can be expensive, and that two of the most difficult components for any exploration company are operational costs and obtaining sufficient experienced personnel.
That’s why we offer a complete one-stop service. We can organise teams and logistics for any operation, quickly – no matter how large or small.
Our services include:
HGS Australia owns and operates modern vehicles and state-of-the-art equipment specifically designed for remote and rough terrain areas, including:
- Landcruiser Utes – Our utes are equipped for long-range remote work and feature: long-range tanks, UHF radios, satellite phones, protection bars and bar work, winch, recovery equipment, fire extinguisher, two spare tyres, water tanks, toolkits and first aid kits.
- HIAB Crane – to one-tonne capacity (attached to one of our vehicles).
- Large capacity RC drill rigs
- Diamond rigs of various sizes to suit the job and location.
- AC, RAB & Auger drill rigs
- Garmin & Magellan GPS Units
- Satellite Phones
- Polaris Quad Bikes – Each bike is set-up with heavy-duty toolboxes, UHF radio, GPS holder, water bottle, tool kit, shovel, bucket, sieve, puncture repair kit, and compressor.
- Remote Kitchen & Office Caravans
- Remote Internet & VOIP Equipment
- Hand Held UHF Radios
- Heavy Duty Scales for Resource Drilling
- Panasonic Toughbook Computers
- Heavy Duty Canvas Tents, Marquees & Beds
- Heavy Duty Trailers of Variable Sizes
HGS has a highly experienced management team that understands what is required to operate in the harsh terrains of Australia’s mineral fields. We formulate plans promptly and operate quickly to keep costs to a minimum.
Our field personnel have extensive industry experience, with backgrounds in remote exploration, drilling, vehicle mechanics, and camp management.
Our Exploration Team includes: an Operations Manager, Supervising Field Assistants, Field Assistants, and Geologists, while our Head Office is manned by an Administration Manager, Accounts Manager and an Administration Assistant.
Andrew Hawker – Principal Geologist
Andrew Hawker BSc (geol) MAusIMM MAIG MSEG AWASM, is the Director/Principal Geologist at HGS Australia.
Andrew has over 30 years’ industry experience, mostly associated with gold and nickel within the Eastern Goldfields and Murchison Districts of Western Australia. He has also worked in the Northern Territory and in Ghana, West Africa.
Andrew has extensive experience in resource evaluation, surface and underground mining, exploration and project development.
Prior to the establishment of HGS Australia, Andrew held the following positions:
- Regis Resources – Manager, Technical and Ore Reserves
- Focus Minerals – Senior Geologist
- Bogoso Gold Mine – Resource Evaluations Superintendent
- St Barbara (Meekatharra), Mincor, Barminco, Centaur Mining & Exploration, and Newcrest Mining – Senior and Chief Mine Geologist positions
- Eltin Minerals, North Flinders Mines, KCGM, and Great Victoria Gold – Mine Geologist
Kelvin Fox – Project Manager/Senior Exploration Geologist
Kelvin graduated in 1988 with a BSc in geology from University of Technology, Sydney and a Graduate Diploma in Education from Murdoch University WA.
In the past 27 years Kelvin has undertaken exploration fieldwork activities directed at the discovery of the following styles of deposits; Archaean Shear hosted Gold, Placer Gold, Archaean Magnetite, Archaean Nickel, Archaean Vanadium, Proterozoic Base Metals, Proterozoic Manganese, Proterozoic Unconformity Hosted Uranium, Proterozoic IOCG, Proterozoic Copper and Gold, Archaean VMS and Tertiary Calcrete hosted Uranium.
Kelvin has managed many of HGS’s campaign field projects.
Tim Major – Project Manager/Senior Exploration Geologist
Tim graduated in 1981 with a BSc from University of Southampton, UK and in 1985 with a Masters degree from University of Leicester, UK.
Tim has extensive experience in Australia and Africa as an employee and consultant for Au, Fe, Base metals and Li mostly in exploration, but with enough surface & UG mining experience to be dangerous.
Tim has held positions including Consultant Geologist (Cube Consulting, Aurora Minerals, Maiden Iron, Exploration Manager (Pacific Wildcat Resources, Jabiru Metals, Gindalbie Metals, Compass Resources, Panorama Resources) and Senior Geological positions for Consolidated Minerals and Normandy.
Tim joins HGS as our iron ore specialist.
Ian Horne – Senior Exploration Geologist
Ian graduated from Victoria University of Wellington New Zealand in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science.
Ian has extensive experience in the Eastern Goldfields, Pilbara, Murchison, Northern Territory and Sudan in Africa. Ian has managed exploration drill programs for gold, nickel, iron, copper, zinc for the following companies: Alara Resources Zinc Copper Project Khaniguiyah” KSA Campaign work – Saudi Arabia/ Chile / Sudan; Southern Cross Goldfields at Battler, Copperhead, Python Gold Targets; Fairstar Resources; Crocodile Gold NT; Gindalbie Metals at Karara; Yandicoogina RioTinto; BHPBilliton Nickel West; Goldfields Australia Ltd at Agnew Mine Site and St Ives; Western Mining at Leinster; Giants Reef Mining, Tenant Creek NT; St Barbara Gold Mines, Meekatharra; Herald Resources at Sandstone; Consolidated Goldmines NL at Davyhurst; Great Central Mines, at Bronzewing; Plutonic Resources at Darlot; Herald Resources at Coolgardie Tindal’s Goldmine; Resolute Samantha Group at Bullabulling, Chalice, Higginsville, and Bulong.
Ian has managed RC & Diamond project for HGS north of Kalgoorlie and near Darwin NT.
HGS is in the process of building new premises on a 1 hectare property in Ravenswood South or Perth WA. Until the new premises is complete HGS cannot offer this service.
We are proud to have established strong relationships with many of Australia’s leading mining and exploration companies.
Some of our current and past clients include:
HGS has successfully completed a vast range of projects throughout Australia, including:
Remote Camps, near Laverton WA
Projects include fully operational fly camps with kitchen/office caravan; a tent for each employee with a double bed, shower/toiletry facilities, and a lay down area for samples, supplies and maintenance.
Using quad bikes, we covered a regional area of approximately 2000km² on a 500m x 500m grid, and close space infill within selected areas to 50m x 50m.
In the Gascoyne we have covered approximately 500km² with patterns varying from 300m² to 150m², and near Pine Creek in the Northern Territory we operated in some of the worst possible areas with crocodiles, wild pigs and snakes covering 100km².
We also arranged the transportation to SGS, the collation of results, interpretation, presentation/reporting, and recommendations.
HGS planned, budgeted, arranged the drilling, and organised all facets of the program. The client only had to discuss the program at board level, and provide approval and funding.