Dr. Read has over 40 years experience as a practitioner and consultant in the mining industry, with special interests and expertise in rock slope stability. In 1990 Dr Read began his own geotechnical engineering practice. Since then he has specialised in slope stability and open pit mine slope design and investigation tasks in Australia, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Canada, South Africa, and Zambia.
From 1994 to 2004 he was Deputy Chief of CSIRO Exploration and Mining and Executive Manager of the Queensland Centre for Advanced Technologies, Brisbane. He stepped back from these positions in April 2004 to initiate and lead this project.