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The University of Queensland


"Mining begins where geology ends."

Dr. Rossen Halatchev is a staff member of CRC Mining of the University of Queensland, which is a multi-million-dollar research group, established by the Australian Government under the Cooperative Research Centers Program.

The CRC's VISION is to provide the research and development drive for Australia to become the world leader in the introduction and exploitation of innovative mining systems that 1) better manage risk, 2) improve safety, and 3) improve the economic performance of mining operations.

CRC Mining's MISSION is to develop a range of new technologies and processes to generate major improvements in the way mining operations are conducted, and to deliver each improvement opportunity in the shortest practical timeframe consistent with the scale and nature of the development.

Currently Dr. Rossen Halachev holds the position of Senior Research Fellow and participates in research projects of the program "Smart Mining Systems", which focuses on the optimization of the interaction of the mining technologies with production equipment.


Rossen Halatchev


Ph.D., M.Sc.
Senior Research Fellow
CRC Mining
The University of Queensland

PO Box

Kenmore East Qld 4069


Ph : (07) 3346 5630
Fax: (07) 3365 5636






Ph.D., - University of Mining & Geology, Sofia (1987)
M.Sc. (Hons), - Moscow Mining Institute, Moscow (1981)

Academic Experience

Dec1998- present - University of Queensland, Brisbane,
Senior Research Fellow with the CRC Mining,
Research Fellow at the School of Mathematical Sciences,
Senior Research Fellow with the Sustainable Minerals Institute.
  March1995-Dec1998   Ministry of Industry of Bulgaria,
Expert at the Mining Department - Sector of Concessions of Mineral Resources
Chairman of the Board of Directors of Jabliano Mine Pty Ltd.
  Nov1987-Feb1995     University of Mining and Geology, Sofia,
Research Fellow at the Department of Surface Mining.
  Sep1981-March1983      Assarel-Medet Pty Ltd, Bulgaria,
Mining engineer in Medet copper open pit mine.


  • Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines Pty Ltd

  • Western Mining Corporation

  • BHP Billiton-Mitsubishi Alliance

  • Whittle Programming Pty Ltd

  • Runge Pty Ltd

  • Golder Associates Pty Ltd

  • Assarel-Medet Pty Ltd

Dr. Rossen Halachev is a regular speaker on Mining Conferences and Symposiums in North America;

  • SME Annual Meeting and Exhibit, March 26-29, 2006, St. Louis, Missouri

  • CIM Conference and Exhibition, May 14 to 17, 2006, Vancouver

and has more then 50 Papers and Publications in his field of Research & Development - the area of Open Pit Mining Systems and production models.

Most recent Publications:

Halatchev R.A., Knights P.F., 2006. A stochastic model of shovel productivity as an effective tool for short-term production scheduling. Proc. 2006 CIM Annual Meeting. 14-17 May, Vancouver, British Columbia.

Halatchev R.A., 2006. Project cash flows at risk in strip coal mining. Proc. 2006 SME Annual Meeting. March 27-29, St Louis, Missouri.

Halatchev R.A., Lever P.J.A., 2005. Risk model of long-term production scheduling in open pit gold mining. Proc. 2005 CRCMining Annual Conference. 27-28 September, Fremantle, Western Australia, pp.285-296.

Halatchev R.A., 2005. A model of discounted profit variation of open pit production sequencing optimization. Proc. 2005 APCOM Symposium, March 3-1 April Tucson, Arizona (eds: Dessureault et al.), Taylor & Francis Group: London. pp.315-323.

Halatchev R.A., 2003. Open pit production sequencing: pseudo-economic discretization versus technological discretization. Proc. 2003 SME Annual Meeting.  24-26 February, Cincinnati, Ohio. Preprint 03-052. 


Useful Links

CRCMining, University of Queensland
The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
The American Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration
The Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum
International Mining Magazine

Dr. R. Halatchev expressed recently wish to become Member of the Association of Bulgarian Engineers in Canada.
It is honor for ABEC to have Dr. R. Halatchev in the list of our Members.


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