Ray Page Lifetime Simulation Achievement Award

Ray Page Lifetime Simulation Achievement Award is for an outstanding contribution to the development of modelling and simulation science, technology, policy, standards and / or industry in Australia, made over a sustained period of activity.

This is a prestigious award, and not presented every year. The award is named after the inaugural winner, Mr Ray Page, who spent his career working with simulators and international standards at Qantas, and then as the founding Chairman of the then Simulation Industry Association of Australia.

2013 Ray Page Award Recipient - Professor John R. Sturgul

Professor John R Sturgul’s association with the Australian mining industry and Australian simulation education began over 42 years ago when he was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship (Senior Scholar). This was to lecture at the University of Queensland in 1972. During this year, John was able to travel extensively throughout Australia and lecture on Computer Applications in Mining at different venues under the auspicious of the Australian Mining Foundation.

In 1975 John was a Lecturer at the University of Melbourne in their mining department where his topic was Operations Research in Mining (including simulation which became his first love). This was a during a year’s study leave from the University of Arizona. John was appointed Professor of Mining Engineering at the SA Institute of Technology, Adelaide, in 1982 and remained there for 10 years. During this period he began to simulate mining operations in Australia and began incorporating this work into his lectures on Mine Design. John was the one of first (if not the first) person in Australia to do such simulations and published extensively on the subject during this time. He presented numerous papers at conferences throughout Australia. He presented short courses on the subject of mine simulation at different venues throughout Australia. He began his consulting practice modeling mines throughout Australia.

In 2008 John was appointed Professor of Mining Engineering. at the University of Adelaide and currently teaches Mine Simulation and Animation to a class of around 50 students. The University of Adelaide is a partner in an organisation known as Mining Education Australia (MEA) and John’s mine simulation and animation course is part of this program so all students across 4 universities will learn from his books.

Professor John R. Sturgul with Mr Ray Page and Phil Swadling (Deputy Chairman for Simulation Australia)

Previous Ray Page Award Recipients

  • 2005 - Ray Page
  • 2006 - Lucien Zalcman
  • 2011 - Alan Johnson
  • 2012 - Professor Tony Jakeman