COMPANY PROFILE

Established in 1987, Rapallo is a high performing consulting group servicing the mining, oil & gas, public infrastructure and heavy industrial sectors. Our services include Engineering & Project Management, Asset Integrity Management and Environmental consulting.

We are independently owned and based in Western Australia, whilst operating on a local, state, national and global basis. We pride ourselves on being easy to work with, qualified, multi-skilled and practical. With a strong depth and breadth of experience, our team can ramp up or down at a moment’s notice in response to your project requirements.

Rapallo Group is chaired by Andy George FIE(Aust), owner and founder. A mechanical engineer, Andy built Rapallo into what it is today from the ground up. Now the company is led by team of multi-disciplinary professionals, inspectors, engineers, environmental scientists, technicians, and tradesmen whose experience spans the resource, construction, oil and gas, public infrastructure, and heavy industrial sectors.

MEET THE TEAM

Engineering

Andy George

Chairman & Managing Director

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ANDY GEORGE

Qualifications  

  • Fellow of Engineers Australia
  • Registered Builder
  • Qualified Pilot

Skills/Competencies 

  • Engineering Management
  • Business development
  • Business management
  • Strategy development and execution
  • Operations management

Andy is a mechanical engineer with over forty years’ experience in mining related engineering consulting and contracting.

He developed his engineering and business skills through a twenty-year career with Western Mining Corporation in maintenance, design and construction of gold, nickel and copper hydro and pyro-metallurgical plants before branching into his own consulting and design business in 1987.

Andy built Rapallo from the ground up, and with the help of the Rapallo team he turned the company into the high performing business that it is today.

Victor Simbile
General Manager – Technical Services 
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VICTOR SIMBILE

Qualifications  

  • Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering
  • Master of Engineering Management
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia and Chartered Professional (FIEAust, CPEng)

Skills/Competencies 

  • Engineering Management
  • Strategy development and execution
  • Operations management
  • Asset integrity and risk management
  • Quality management

Victor began his career with Zambia consolidated copper mines, staying with the company for 5 years before migrating to Australia.

Victor has worked with Rapallo since 2003, where he has held a variety of roles leading up to his current position. Since then has executed a variety of projects for clients such as BHP, Rio Tinto, FMG, the Water Corporation, and other large clients, he has also championed the strategic development of several business units within Rapallo helping the company become what it is today.

Richard Carington-Smith

Project Manager

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RICHARD CARRINGTON-SMITH

Qualifications  

  • Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering.
  • Graduate Certificate in Project Management.
  • Chartered Professional Engineer (MIEAust, CPEng)

Skills/Competencies 

  • Engineering Management
  • Pumping system design
  • Compressed air network design
  • Crane Statutory Major Inspection
  • Equipment commissioning and auditing

Richard is a Chartered Professional Mechanical Engineer with over 20 years of experience, working in the smelting and mining industries.

Richard has led multidisciplinary project teams on multimillion-dollar projects, performed senior design roles in EPCM companies and has extensive experience in Project Managing site based capital projects. The wealth of experience Richard brings to the team is invaluable to both Rapallo and its clients.

Zachary Dawson

Mechanical/Project Engineer

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ZACHARY DAWSON

Qualifications  

  • Master of Professional Engineering

Skills/Competencies 

  • Mechanical Design
  • Finite Element Analysis (FEA)
  • Python Programming
  • Design Drafting
  • Project management

Zachary joined the Rapallo team in November 2019. As a young engineer Zac started his career in a manufacturing environment where he has gained invaluable experience in both the refurbishment and assembly of fixed plant equipment.

Zac’s experience with fabrication and machining are highly valued at Rapallo and bring additional knowledge and value to our clients.

ANDY GEORGE

Qualifications  

  • Fellow of Engineers Australia
  • Registered Builder
  • Qualified Pilot

Skills/Competencies 

  • Engineering Management
  • Business development
  • Business management
  • Strategy development and execution
  • Operations management

Andy is a mechanical engineer with over forty years’ experience in mining related engineering consulting and contracting.

He developed his engineering and business skills through a twenty-year career with Western Mining Corporation in maintenance, design and construction of gold, nickel and copper hydro and pyro-metallurgical plants before branching into his own consulting and design business in 1987.

Andy builtd Rapallo from the ground up, and with the help of the Rapallo team he turned the company into the high performing business that it is today.

VICTOR SIMBILE

Qualifications  

  • Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering
  • Master of Engineering Management
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia and Chartered Professional (FIEAust, CPEng)

Skills/Competencies 

  • Engineering Management
  • Strategy development and execution
  • Operations management
  • Asset integrity and risk management
  • Quality management

Victor began his career with Zambia consolidated copper mines, staying with the company for 5 years before migrating to Australia.

Victor has worked with Rapallo since 2003, where he has held a variety of roles leading up to his current position. Since then has executed a variety of projects for clients such as BHP, Rio Tinto, FMG, the Water Corporation, and other large clients, he has also championed the strategic development of several business units within Rapallo helping the company become what it is today.

RICHARD CARRINGTON-SMITH

Qualifications  

  • Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering.
  • Graduate Certificate in Project Management.
  • Chartered Professional Engineer (MIEAust, CPEng)

Skills/Competencies 

  • Engineering Management
  • Pumping system design
  • Compressed air network design
  • Crane Statutory Major Inspection
  • Equipment commissioning and auditing

Richard is a Chartered Professional Mechanical Engineer with over 20 years of experience, working in the smelting and mining industries.

Richard has led multidisciplinary project teams on multimillion-dollar projects, performed senior design roles in EPCM companies and has extensive experienced in Project Managing site based capital projects. The wealth of experience Richard brings to the team is invaluable to both Rapallo and its clients.

ZACHARY DAWSON

Qualifications  

  • Master of Professional Engineering

Skills/Competencies 

  • Mechanical Design
  • Finite Element Analysis (FEA)
  • Python Programming
  • Design Drafting
  • Project management

Zachary joined the Rapallo team in November 2019. As a young engineer Zac started his career in a manufacturing environment where he has gained invaluable experience in both the refurbishment and assembly of fixed plant equipment.

Zac’s experience with fabrication and machining are highly valued at Rapallo and bring additional knowledge and value to our clients.

Michael Cain

Project Manager

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MICHAEL CAIN

Qualifications 

  • Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering
  • Diploma of Management
  • Graduate Certificate in Engineering Management

Skills/Competencies 

  • Project management
  • HAZOP and risk review
  • Mechanical Equipment selection and procurement.
  • Knowledge of standards and local regulations

Michael is a mechanical engineer with strong project management capabilities and post graduate qualifications in management. With 15 years of experience in mining and mineral processing Michael is an integral part of the Rapallo team.

One key strength Michael brings to the team is his ability to work with multiple stakeholders at all organisational levels.

Recently deployed within the Gruyere Gold Project owners team, Michael was uniquely positioned to support both construction activities and operational readiness needs. Items would have otherwise been over sought were tabled and tracked through to completion during the rapidly changing construction and commissioning periods.

Gavin Thomas

Principal Civil/Structural Engineer

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GAVIN THOMAS

Qualifications  

  • Bachelor of Science (Engineering)
  • Member of the Institute of Engineers Australia (MIEAust)

Skills/Competencies 

  • Foundation Design
  • Large retaining structure Design
  • ROM wall Design
  • Risk and Safety in Design
  • Review of vibration related issues
  • Technical review and adjudication
  • Project Management

Gavin has over 30 year of Civil, Structural and Geotechnical experience across multiple industries.

Gavin has a particular focus on foundation design, large retaining structures, ROM walls, resource structures and the review of vibration related issues. He is dedicated to constructability, simplicity and practicality of fabrication and structure erection.

MICHAEL CAIN

Qualifications 

  • Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering
  • Diploma of Management
  • Graduate Certificate in Engineering Management

Skills/Competencies 

  • Project management
  • HAZOP and risk review
  • Mechanical Equipment selection and procurement.
  • Knowledge of standards and local regulations

Michael is a mechanical engineer with strong project management capabilities and post graduate qualifications in management. With 15 years of experience in mining and mineral processing Michael is an integral part of the Rapallo team.

One key strength Michael brings to the team is his ability to work with multiple stakeholders at all organisational levels.

Recently deployed within the Gruyere Gold Project owners team, Michael was uniquely positioned to support both construction activities and operational readiness needs. Items would have otherwise been over sought were tabled and tracked through to completion during the rapidly changing construction and commissioning periods.

GAVIN THOMAS

Qualifications  

  • Bachelor of Science (Engineering)
  • Member of the Institute of Engineers Australia (MIEAust)

Skills/Competencies 

  • Foundation Design
  • Large retaining structure Design
  • ROM wall Design
  • Risk and Safety in Design
  • Review of vibration related issues
  • Technical review and adjudication
  • Project Management

Gavin has over 30 year of Civil, Structural and Geotechnical experience across multiple industries.

Gavin has a particular focus on foundation design, large retaining structures, ROM walls, resource structures and the review of vibration related issues. He is dedicated to constructability, simplicity and practicality of fabrication and structure erection.

Asset Integrity & Inspections

Athan Hamukale

Senior Plant Inspector / Level 2 NDT Technician / Integrity Engineer

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ATHANIUS HAMUKALE

Qualifications  

  • Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering.
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Equipment Maintenance Technology

Skills/Competencies 

  • Statutory and duty of care inspections for plant and machinery
  • Magnetic particle inspection
  • Development of maintenance strategy and process improvements
  • Knowledge of standards and local regulations

Athan is a mechanical engineer with extensive knowledge of plant and machinery inspection and a post graduate qualification in Maintenance technology.

Athan has extensive experience in mining plant maintenance and reliability engineering. As a qualified maintenance engineer, Athan has been involved in the development of maintenance strategies and process improvements in process plants.

Henry Were
Senior Plant Inspector / Level 3 NDT Technician / Integrity Engineer
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HENRY WERE

Qualifications  

  • Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering
  • Ultrasonic Level 3
  • Magnetic Particle Level 3
  • Penetrant Testing level 3.
  • Radiography Level 2

Skills/Competencies 

  • Statutory and duty of care inspections for plant and machinery
  • Qualified in variety of NDT methods
  • Knowledge of standards and local regulations

Henry is a mechanical engineer with over 10 years’ experience, in inspection and non-destructive testing.

His experience both on shore and offshore includes working on plant and machinery in both Australia and Internationally. Henry has worked in power plants, petrochemical plants, sugar mills, pipelines, workshops and storage tank facilities.

The knowledge of NDT Henry brings to the Rapallo team is invaluable to the asset integrity management team, and its clients.

Viraj Parmar

Graduate Mechanical Engineer

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VIRAJ PARMAR

Qualifications  

  • Master of Engineering (Mechanical)
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Petroleum)

Skills/Competencies 

  • Asset integrity Management
  • Specification Review
  • Engineering Procurement
  • Project Management
  • Mechanical Design
  • Plant and Machinery Inspection

Viraj joined Rapallo team in July 2019. He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering with experience working on various projects on mine sites across Western Australia.

His experience includes project management, fixed and mobile plant inspections, shutdowns, Non Destructive Testing, reporting, and documentations.

In an office environment, Viraj has extensive skills in project engineering and has been involved in the planning and execution of a variety of tasks and projects.

Joe Bandiera

Principal Welding Consultant

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JOE BANDIERA

Qualifications  

  • Welding Supervisors, AS1796 Cert-10 [WTIA #2504]
  • Welding Supervisors, AS 2214 [WTIA #7892]
  • Welding Inspectors, AWI (WTIA) [AWI #7737]

Skills/Competencies 

  • Welding quality management
  • Development and qualification of specialised welding procedure specifications
  • Weld inspection
  • Specialised maintenance of special alloys, including titanium/nickel.

Joe has been involved in the welding, fabrication, and specialised maintenance industry for 40 years. 

 

ATHANIUS HAMUKALE

Qualifications  

  • Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering.
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Equipment Maintenance Technology

Skills/Competencies 

  • Statutory and duty of care inspections for plant and machinery
  • Magnetic particle inspection
  • Development of maintenance strategy and process improvements
  • Knowledge of standards and local regulations

Athan is a mechanical engineer with extensive knowledge of plant and machinery inspection and a post graduate qualification in Maintenance technology.

Athan has extensive experience in mining plant maintenance and reliability engineering. As a qualified maintenance engineer, Athan has been involved in the development of maintenance strategies and process improvements in process plants.

HENRY WERE

Qualifications  

  • Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering
  • Ultrasonic Level 3
  • Magnetic Particle Level 3
  • Penetrant Testing level 3.
  • Radiography Level 2

Skills/Competencies 

  • Statutory and duty of care inspections for plant and machinery
  • Qualified in variety of NDT methods
  • Knowledge of standards and local regulations

Henry is a mechanical engineer with over 10 years’ experience, in inspection and non-destructive testing.

His experience both on shore and offshore includes working on plant and machinery in both Australia and Internationally. Henry has worked in power plants, petrochemical plants, sugar mills, pipelines, workshops and storage tank facilities.

The knowledge of NDT Henry brings to the Rapallo team is invaluable to the asset integrity management team, and its clients.

VIRAJ PARMAR

Qualifications  

  • Master of Engineering (Mechanical)
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Petroleum)

Skills/Competencies 

  • Asset integrity Management
  • Specification Review
  • Engineering Procurement
  • Project Management
  • Mechanical Design
  • Plant and Machinery Inspection

Viraj has joined Rapallo team in July 2019. He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering with experience working on various projects on mine sites across Western Australia.

His experience includes project management, fixed and mobile plant inspections, shutdowns, Non Destructive Testing, reporting, and documentations.

In an office environment, Viraj has extensive skills in project engineering and has been involved in the planning and execution of a variety of tasks and projects.

JOE BANDIERA

Qualifications  

  • Welding Supervisors, AS1796 Cert-10 [WTIA #2504]
  • Welding Supervisors, AS 2214 [WTIA #7892]
  • Welding Inspectors, AWI (WTIA) [AWI #7737]

Skills/Competencies 

  • Welding quality management
  • Development and qualification of specialised welding procedure specifications
  • Weld inspection
  • Specialised maintenance of special alloys, including titanium/nickel.

Joe has been involved in the welding, fabrication, and specialised maintenance industry for 40 years. 

 

Environmental

Kate George

Principal Environmental Scientist

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KATE GEORGE

Qualifications  

  • Bachelor of Science (Environmental) Hons
  • Auditor – Integrated Management Systems (RABQSA, QM, EM, OH)

Skills/Competencies 

  • EPA Part IV approval coordination and documentation
  • EPA Part V Works Approval /Licence applications
  • Coordination of Baseline Surveys
  • Mining Proposals
  • Environmental Risk Assessment
  • Traditional Owner Engagement.
  • Environmental Auditor
  • Due Diligence, Project Management and Estimating
  • Experienced team leader and manager

Kate has over 20 years’ experience in environmental approvals and ecological assessment within government and consulting.  Kate’s experience includes environmental management within brownfields and green field projects on construction and mine sites and within government (DBCA and DMIRS).

With a strong ecological background Kate advises our clients on appropriate baseline studies required for timely environmental approvals.  Kate has worked on all aspects of project cycle from environmental baseline to approvals, site management and closure.

Marieke Weerheim
Senior Environmental Scientist 
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MARIEKE WEERHEIM

Qualifications

  • MSc Environmental Management
  • MSc Biology

Skills/Competencies

  • Project Management
  • Team leader
  • Client liaison
  • Design, coordinate, and deliver biological surveys across WA
  • EPA Part IV and V approvals
  • Advanced GIS experience including ESRI ArcGIS, Manifold, QGIS.

Marieke has worked as an environmental consultant in Western Australia for twelve years. She has been with Rapallo since 2011 and manages the Biological Services section of the Environment Team. Her experience includes flora, fauna, SRE and subterranean fauna surveys, environmental impact assessement, management, and approvals.

Outside of Rapallo she has worked for Birdlife, Main Roads, universities, and as an environmental advisor for a major construction firm.

Marieke has advanced technical writing skills and a keen analytical mind.

Kathya Tippur

Senior Botanist

Jon-Paul Emery

Environmental Scientist

KATE GEORGE

Qualifications  

  • Bachelor of Science (Environmental) Hons
  • Auditor – Integrated Management Systems (RABQSA, QM, EM, OH)

Skills/Competencies 

  • EPA Part IV approval coordination and documentation
  • EPA Part V Works Approval /Licence applications
  • Coordination of Baseline Surveys
  • Mining Proposals
  • Environmental Risk Assessment
  • Traditional Owner Engagement.
  • Environmental Auditor
  • Due Diligence, Project Management and Estimating
  • Experienced team leader and manager

Kate has over 20 years’ experience in environmental approvals and ecological assessment within government and consulting.  Kate’s experience includes environmental management within brownfields and green field projects on construction and mine sites and within government (DBCA and DMIRS).

With a strong ecological background Kate advises our clients on appropriate baseline studies required for timely environmental approvals.  Kate has worked on all aspects of project cycle from environmental baseline to approvals, site management and closure.

MARIEKE WEERHEIM

Qualifications

  • MSc Environmental Management
  • MSc Biology

Skills/Competencies

  • Project Management
  • Team leader
  • Client liaison
  • Design, coordinate, and deliver biological surveys across WA
  • EPA Part IV and V approvals
  • Advanced GIS experience including ESRI ArcGIS, Manifold, QGIS.

Marieke has worked as an environmental consultant in Western Australia for twelve years. She has been with Rapallo since 2011 and manages the Biological Services section of the Environment Team. Her experience includes flora, fauna, SRE and subterranean fauna surveys, environmental impact assessement, management, and approvals.

Outside of Rapallo she has worked for Birdlife, Main Roads, universities, and as an environmental advisor for a major construction firm.

Marieke has advanced technical writing skills and a keen analytical mind.

Accounts & Administration

Greg McLean

Accounts Manager

Rita Maciel

Finance & Administration Manager

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