Mick Breen – delivering innovative, sustainable and tailored structural integrity solutions for Wave International
Wave International appointed Mick Breen as joint venture partner and project manager, to lead the delivery of their structural integrity capability. Mick brings over 25 years’ mining industry experience to the position, operating in a variety of project management, conceptual design, maintenance and shut down planning roles at both metalliferous and coal mines across Australia.
This knowledge and expertise will complement the facilitation of structural integrity identification issues against plants and structures, combining engineering solutions right through to the execution of remediation works.
“Identifying infrastructure structural issues and offering solutions lowers risk and retains integrity of the asset for its owners”, explains Mick.
Wave International is a consulting firm specialising in the execution of civil, land development, structural integrity, mechanical, piping (SMP), electrical, instrumentation and controls (EI&C) engineering services, as well as project delivery management and asset management services across Australia and overseas.
Mick thrives in challenging environments where his success is attributed to excellent interpersonal communication and negotiation skills, an innovative approach and understanding the clients scope with a sense of urgency.
“Determining cost-effective ways to change major components and infrastructure safely in the shortest possible time can prove challenging, but is certainly rewarding when realised”, says Mick.
He lists his biggest project achievement as facilitating the installation, commissioning and operation of a production hoist, crusher station coupled with loading pocket at Osborne mines, which at the time was owned by Placer Pacific.
When asked about current industry trends, Mick points to the constant developments in technology, which have allowed engineers to produce more efficient designs by leveraging advanced finite analysis packages combined with the extensive range of high strength materials available on the market today.
“Structures constructed between the 1960s and 1980s on the other hand were generally designed with conservative methods and tend to be of a ‘heavier construction’ in comparison to the modern-day equivalents”, he illustrates.
Mick has seen corrosion rates determining the life span of metal structures, due to changes in strength and load bearing properties of the metal.