Dr Peter Mikula obtained his B.E. and Ph.D degrees in rock mechanics at the University of NSW in Sydney Australia. From 1980 as Geotechnical Engineer at ACIRL Ltd, he worked on numerical modelling of underground coal mining. From 1986 with Coffey Partners International, he undertook feasibility and design studies for open cut and underground mines in Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia.
From 1993 Peter was Senior Rock Mechanics Engineer at Mt Charlotte Gold Mine, Kalgoorlie, where the main issues are seismicity, and large stope stability. He provided full geotechnical support to planning, design, scheduling, development, stoping, ground support and monitoring aspects of Mt Charlotte, for both the underground workings and the surface gloryhole pit. Peter was also a key player in mine safety, accident investigation, work procedures and risk management.
In 2005 Peter formed Mikula Geotechnics Pty Ltd. Peter is also a past Chairman of the WA Ground Control Group, and has authored or co-authored over 30 professional papers.