Our Staff

Surveying and Drafting Resources are Driven by Innovation and embrace technological change.

This requires highly trained & skilled people who can adapt to change and think outside the square.

The ongoing training of our people is paramount in providing our clients with tailored solutions to diverse needs.

Training is provided by a combination of internal mentoring and systems implementation combined with the utilisation of external education providers.

We pride ourselves on providing career opportunities for our staff.

Our trainee surveyors and draftspersons gain invaluable experience by combining on-the-job supervised work with educational initiatives.


Martin Burns

Registered Land Surveyor

Martin has been registered since 1998 and is our senior registered surveyor. Martin has been with the company since 2008. He has worked on numerous small and large scale developments from conception to completion. His skills are not limited to his survey ability but cross over into engineering design and project management. Martin is also well on his way to mine registration and has a solid understanding in not only open cut but underground as well. Since starting with the company Martin has prepared everything from licence agreements, easements, road closures through to Mining Leases some of which have been hundreds of hectares in size. He has a good relationship with the Department of Land and Property, dealing with local councils and the Department of Trade & Investment, Resources & Energy Minerals – Titles. Martin is also our UAV Maintenance Controller.

John Challinor

Senior Surveyor / UAV Chief Controller

John has recently attained his Bachelor of Surveying from the Newcastle University. John is a candidate Surveyor in both Land and Mining Surveying. John has over 20 years of experience in land and civil construction matters. John has been involved in surveys for preconstruction modeling, validation, alignment checking, auditing, reporting as built surveys, volumetric measurements for Inventory, cost management, end of month reporting and Independent Site Calculation Checks. These Surveys have been undertaken in a varied and often demanding environment with an outstanding Quality and Safety record. John has been working with the company across various sites for the past 5 years.

Steve Newman

Managing Director

Steve is a Certified Mining Surveyor and Open Cut Examiner having spent 15 years in the mining industry prior to joining the company full time in 1994 as a partner. Steve also has an Advanced Diploma in Business Management, is a Certified Leadership Coach and Facilitator as well as a Graduate of the Institute of Company Directors. Steve rejoined the company in a governance role in 2013 following a short leave of absence during which time he has been developing complimentary business ventures.

John Picton

General Manager

John Is a Certified Mining Surveyor and had 22 years experience in underground and open cut mining before joining the company in 1997. Since that time John has made good use of his experience and qualifications in various roles in the business and in now leading the business.


Geoff Lundie

Senior Registered Mine Surveyor

Geoff has only recently joined the company. Geoff was the appointed Mine Surveyor at Anglo-American’s Drayton Coal Mine for over 20 years. Geoff brings a substantial wealth of knowledge and experience is in all forms of Mine Surveying and Operational Management. Geoff’s primary role within the company is the provision of contract Statutory Mine Surveyor services. Geoff also provides supervision of Candidate Mine Surveyors and assistance/guidance to Surveyors when in a Relief role on a mine site.

Steve Eccles

Surveyor / UAV Controller

Steve has 6 years survey experience. Steve has been involved in construction surveying and both open cut and underground mine surveying. Steve was awarded the EISSI NSW TAFE Surveying student of the year in 2009.

Ryan Edwards


Ryan is TAFE Qualified and has 6 years of experience. Ryan has been involved in construction surveying and both open cut and ubderground mine surveying. Ryan is currently our underground relief specialist.

Michael Jude


Michael s TAFE Qualified and has 20 years of experience in a wide variety of Surveying. Michael is currently enrolled as an Undergraduate with University of Newcastle.

Nicholas Kay

Trainee Surveyor

Nicholas is a Trainee Surveyor and enrolled as an Undergraduate with University of Southern Queensland. Nick is currently placed full time at Glendell mine.

Ross Willows

Trainee Surveyor

Ross is Surveyor with 4 years of experience. Ross has completed a TAFE Diploma in Surveying.

Daniel Ramsay

Trainee Draftsperson / Surveyors Assistant

Daniel is a trainee draftsperson completing his third year at TAFE. Daniel is currently working as a surveyors assistant.


Toni Berry


Toni has 20 years of drafting experience in a variety of industries from road design and residential development to mining. Toni has an Associate Diploma in Civil Engineering and Survey Drafting.

Claire Desmond


Claire has 6 years of drafting experience, mostly within the mining industry. Claire has a Diploma in Spatial Information Services (Survey Drafting).

"Years of combined experience and a focus on forming strong relationships means we are well equipped to provide the fast, accurate and efficient service our clients have come to expect"

John Challinor
Senior Surveyor / Chief Controller

Survey and Drafting Resources


16 Cambridge Street
Singleton NSW 2330
E: info@sdresources.com.au

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