-- DOONAN, AUSTRALIA, February 11, 2013, Rees Thomas, Geological Consultant of Zeewood Geological Pty., Ltd., has been recognized by Worldwide Branding for showing dedication, leadership and excellence in coal exploration.
Mr. Thomas has 18 years of experience in the industry and in his current role. His expertise is in coal exploration within the Bowen Basin. His current duties include working with Peabody Energy, the company's main client, and assisting with the management of Peabody Energy's coal exploration in Central Queensland. During these programs, he is also charged with overseeing up to 50 people in the field, including geologists, field technicians, drill crews, earthmoving machinery, and support personnel. The company oversees the day-to-day business operations, managing the planning and implementation of projects for the client, and reporting findings back to the client. His duties also include liaising with the Peabody Senior Management and providing high-level consultation.
A career exploration geologist who formed his own company in 1995, Mr. Thomas now has some 15 long-term geologists working within the coal exploration industry in Central Queensland. He has worked on projects discovering resources in excess of 1 billion tons for a number of companies. He wishes to continue working within the exploration industry while training younger geologists of a similar mindset. In five years, Mr. Thomas plans to continue in the same field, in addition to conducting more consulting.
Mr. Thomas attributes his success to not being greedy and enjoying what he does, as well as his love of geology, his perseverance and the people who work for him. He became involved in his profession in the coal industry because it was more lucrative in earlier days. While working for Zeewood Geological, he was also chief geologist at MacArthur Coal Limited from 2008 until 2012.
He entered the geology field because it was the opportunity to have a day-to-day job in the outdoors. He had traveled for two years and ended up working in a fossil quarry in the green river basin for a paleontologist digging up fish fossils in Wyoming for six months. When he returned to Australia, he decided that, if he were going to travel, he would ensure that travel opportunities were enhanced by having a global profession. He then commenced university to earn a Bachelor of Applied Science in geology, and went back to a school to earn a Bachelor of Science, with honors, in economic geology from the University of Southern Queensland, followed by a Bachelor of Science, with honors, in Economic geology from James Cook University. During his degree, summer vacation work in the Bowen Basin Coalfields led to his employer offering full-time employment on graduation.
He is a member of AUSImm (the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy), and EGRU (Economic Geology Research Unit). His hobbies include golf, snowboarding, and traveling.
Zeewood Geological Pty., Ltd., provides coal exploration services.
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