Isaac Dzakpata is a Work Area Leader – Mechanical Cutting and Mine Planning at Mining3 with exposure to both open pit and underground operations.

Specialisation: Mechanical Cutting, Mine Design/Planning, and Value Modelling.

Skills and experience:

Isaac is a Work Area Leader (WAL) at Mining3 leading a focused team high-calibre engineers and researchers involved in developing technologies and modelling their value for future mining systems and applications. In his role, Isaac provides technical, hands-on, subject matter expertise and project management leadership in a range of applied research and operational improvement projects.

Isaac is a senior mining/project professional with over 16 years’ open pit and underground experience in large open operations with strong international mining background in Load & Haul within gold, coal, quarrying, hard-rock operation across Africa, Australia and Europe.  Isaac has extensive knowledge in mine design, scheduling, capital and operating cost budgeting, mine operational optimisation, improvement project implementation mine equipment application and simulation.

Isaac has expert knowledge of mining equipment application with a recent focus on continuous mining systems and high capacity hard rock cutting in both surface and underground environments. Previously played senior roles in short, medium and long term mine planning teams with strong skills in load & Haul, blasting, bulk explosive delivery and design of Greenfield open pit project management.


Isaac holds a doctorate (PhD) mining engineering from the University of Queensland, in addition a Bachelors (B.Sc.) in Mining Engineering from the University of Mine and Technology. Isaac is also a Chartered Mining Professional (CP) member with the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM). Isaac is currently in the final stages of his MBA in Project Management at the University of Southern Queensland.

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