MiPlan Associates

Fromble Corp

MiPlan Consulting is happy to announce the strategic alliance with Fromble Corp.

Fromble Corp is a specialist provider of blasting accessories and mining services. Operating right across Australia, it is committed to providing quality service and support to the mining industry.

Key Resources at Fromble Corp

David Duke

Consulting Mining Engineer


David Duke  has worked as a consulting mining engineer in both open cut and underground metalliferous mines for more than 10 years. With 20 years’ experience in the mining industry and specialising in Drilling and blasting practices and processes. David is a Director for Prism Mining Pty Ltd and also a Director of Fromble Corp Pty Ltd. He has worked with clients that include Xstrata, BHP Billiton, Newcrest ,Oz Minerals, MMG, Newmont, Metals X, many smaller mining companies and several mining contractors (Byrnecut, Macmahons, Brandrill).  Explosives work with Dyno Nobel, MNK and Downer EDI Mining & Blasting Services.

Previous experience in operational mines including Senior mining engineer, technical superintendent, Pit superintendent, Underground Mine Manager, Backfill Manager, D&B superintendent, technical support and research roles with explosive suppliers.

David has a wide range of mining experience, with strong presentation and communication skills, a practical approach to process of mining, planning and improvement. He is particularly focussed on the improvement of blasting and mine planning in order to maximise value within the overall mining and recovery process.
Recent experiences with management consultation within corporate structures to ensure focus on Business Excellence and process improvement has lead to significant productivity and cost improvement.


B.Eng.(Hons) Mining Engineering, University of Ballarat, (1993).
Certificate IV Trainer & Assessor, AIM
Shotfiring in Australia in several states


David is available for the following:

  • Consulting Drill & Blast Services
    Determine blast parameters for improved blast performance, changing conditions, or the control of environmental impact. Review and assess blast designs, blast management systems and operating practices. Audit for compliance with standards and procedures, and the identification of improvement opportunities. Act as expert witness in the drill and blast issues.
  • Supervision and Management of the Drill & Blast Process
    Manage drill & blast operations. Planning, scheduling and monitoring of drill & blast processes to ensure compliance with designs and regulations. Supervise the introduction of new products and processes. David is experienced in the roles of D&B Engineer and Shotfirer.
  • Process Improvement
    Considerable experience in the practical mining of ore and waste materials has led to significant gains in the projects undertaken. Specific training of engineers through onsite education and mentoring in business productivity and process improvement.
    Specialist review of feasibility studies and project plans has eliminated significant shortcomings and improved site compliance to outlined goals.
  • Training
    Extensive training of D&B Engineer, Shotfirers and management in blasting principles, practices and explosive handling skills. Software training in JKsimblast and Surpac Drill and blast systems.

Recent Projects

  • Principal D&B engineer for Australian tope 10 Mining company.
  • Carry out preliminary drill and blast design work for green fields project
  • Develop blasting processes for world first blasting applications.
  • Leader in Blast Pre-conditioning design in Australia, assist with world largest drawbell design
  • Assess blasting impacts on residences and infrastructure.
  • Assessment, development and implementation of blast management software.
  • Development of training resources and the provision of engineering and software training.
  • Delivery of blasting seminars to mining clients.
  • Mine planning review and concept study review.

Commodities Worked

  • Anitomy
  • Basalt
  • Coal
  • Copper
  • Gold
  • Iron Ore
  • Lead
  • Limestone
  • Silver
  • Tin
  • Uranium
  • Zinc

Software Used

  • 2DFface
  • 2DRings
  • JKsimblast 2DBench
  • Surpac