PIETER STROBOS – Business Director
Pieter is the Business Director for Process IQ. He completed his bachelor’s degree in metallurgical engineering and two post-graduate degrees in metallurgy and technology management at the University of Pretoria. Since immigrating to Australia in early 2000, Pieter has introduced several new technologies in the mining industry, the latest of which is applying the Industrial Internet of things in innovative ways.
Pieter has been instrumental in a new joint venture between Process IQ and Orway Minerals Consultants (OMC) – Orway IQ which provides remote optimisation consulting for mineral processing plants through MillROC.
He is an active member of the AusIMM for the past 17 years and is a committee member for the AusIMM Metallurgical Society (MetSoc)
DANIEL VAN DER SPUY – Technical Director
Daniel obtained his Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (Control Systems) at Stanford University in 1999, having previously completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Electronics Engineering at the University of Pretoria.
Daniel’s career in the minerals and metallurgical industry started off at Mintek South Africa, where he was employed for over 10 years and filled the position of Principal Process Control Engineer. Daniel emigrated to Australia in 2006. After doing some contract work, he co-founded Process IQ in 2011, where he is the Technical Director overseeing all operations relating to the company including technical aspects while providing a world-class service at all times.
Daniel is on the committee for the World Gold Conference.
ADRIAN PAINE – Product Manager: Gold Processing
Adrian brings over 25 years of experience in process modelling to Process IQ. Adrian started his career in the mid-eighties with Anglo American Corporation, spending time on gold, uranium, coal and sulphuric acid plants. He spent over 14 years in materials and manufacturing research with the CSIR relating to process development and finite element modelling, with a further 3 years in Europe in plant simulation.
In his current position, Adrian focusses on all areas of metallurgy and consulting tasks.
KOBUS OOSTHUIZEN – Advanced Process Control Manager
Kobus joined Process IQ in February 2019 as Senior Engineer – Advanced Process Control.
Kobus has extensive process control expertise in the development, implementation and support of control solutions, particularly on furnace, flotation and leaching processes. He gained his M.Eng Electronic Engineering from the University of Pretoria in 2000.
Having worked at Mintek based in South Africa for 18 years, Kobus has a strong track record of analytical problem solving for many global companies.
He oversaw the development and integration of the FloCam visual flotation monitoring system and helped drive excellence in control solution implementations.
JAMES KO- Software & Data Analytics Manager
James achieved a Bachelor degree of Computer science with First class Honours, and a Master degree of Computer Science with chancellor commendation.
James has worked in multiple industry sectors and accumulated more than 18 years of experience in software technologies and solutions, including specialised applications in the minerals processing industry.
James focuses on establishing and evolving the Process IQ Industrial Internet-Of-Things (IIot) platform, integrating the solutions platform ubiquitously into the mining value chain and applying Artificial intelligence (AI) to optimise minerals processing plants.
GERHARD STROBOS – Technical Manager
Based in Africa, Gerhard provides invaluable support to the mining industry in this region. In 2002, Gerhard gained his Masters Degree in Environmental Engineering Technology and holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) from the University of Pretoria, South Africa which he completed in 1997. Gerhard worked for the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research for 6 years on the commissioning of water treatment plants for industrial process water.
Over the past 10 years, Gerhard is actively involved in supporting Petra Institute which do capacity building for churches and NGO’s that work in Africa countries, refugee camps etc. Gerhard lives in South Africa with his wife and young twins.
JULIAN KNIGHT -Managing Director Process IQ Canada
Julian joined as Managing Director for ProcessIQ Canada in July 2020.
He has extensive consulting experience in mining projects across various commodities and minerals, the major ones being gold, copper, PGMs, coal, ferrous metals and non-ferrous metals such as tin, zinc and nickel.
Julian started his career as a process control engineer designing and implementing advanced process control solutions for mainly PGM and base metal clients in Southern Africa and South America. Since then he moved into a role as Senior Process Engineer for a consulting firm in Johannesburg where he eventually headed up the metallurgy and process engineering department. He has expertise in designing and managing metallurgical test work programs, technical feasibility studies and Due Diligences, competent person reporting, capital and operating cost modelling, metallurgical accounting and process plant optimisation.
SOUTH AMERICA – Brazil
BRUNO PAIVA- Process Technology Consultant
Bruno is a Chemical Engineer with more than 12 years of experience in mineral processing across different metals such as gold, iron ore, copper, nickel and many more.
He has built his expertise in process design, commissioning and business development in Brazil and Australia, which has enabled him to establish a strong connection between the South American and Australasian market.