About Us

About us
About us

Gulf Conveyor Systems.

Experience. Insight. Success.

Since 2004 Gulf Conveyor Systems has been successfully designing materials handling solutions that maximise the productivity of mining assets. Our reputation for fault-finding and analysis of existing infrastructure is highly regarded and sort after and drives our continued success and growth.

Our extensive experience and insight drive the development of our new technologies that further optimises the performance of your materials handling assets such as transfer chutes.


The GCS Leadership Team:

In 2010 Col published the Transfer Chute Design Manual, available on this web site.

Colin Benjamin. Managing Director
B.E. (Chem)., FAIM

With over 40 years involvement in design and maintenance of bulk material handling systems, Colin’s experience is extensive and his knowledge thorough.

Colin began his career in materials handling in 1970 with Goodyear Tyre and Rubber as a conveyor engineer. Working successfully on various conveyor systems and designs he was in short time transferred to a management role in Western Australia becoming involved with the rapidly growing iron ore export industry in the Pilbara Region.

Colin continued to develop his expertise in the bulk materials handling industry, overseeing projects such as the Moonee Colliery coal clearance system.

In 2004, Colin founded Gulf Conveyor Systems as a consultancy, where he has continued to develop his ideas with a focus on maintainability and reliability.

Chute for perfection.
A key aspect of conveyor system reliability has always been the performance of transfer chutes. Year in and year out, Colin’s passion for transfer chute perfection has initiated a wealth of research into their design. Most recently this included sponsorship of Dr Shams Huque’s Doctorate thesis on transfer chutes and in particular material trajectories. This culminated in the development of extremely reliable material trajectory calculation software, as well as the 2010 published book ‘The Transfer Chute Design Manual’ which has now been sold in over 30 different countries.

Furthermore, he has delivered papers on key topics associated with conveyor system design and maintenance to many local and international forums and has consulted to most of the major mining houses.

With ideas already translated into worldwide patents, Colin remains focused on the development of technology to further improve the reliability, efficiency and performance of bulk material handling systems throughout the mining industry.


Richard has a wealth of experience and a passion for efficient transfer chutes.

Richard White. Principal Engineer

Richard began his Engineering career in the automotive industry in 2005 after graduating with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in 2004. With a diverse background and range of skills which include; race engineer on V8 Supercars, Diesel Fitter, Farmer, Reliability Engineer and Project Engineer; Richard has a practical and well-balanced knowledge of the Engineering world.

In 2008, he joined the materials handling industry in Western Australia and has worked for some of the leading global mining companies as a Fixed Plant Reliability and Project Engineer. With a passion for problem solving and improvements it was soon obvious that knowledge gained in other industries could be applied to make a difference in mining.


Chute of the future.
Key to his previous roles was improving fixed plant availability and executing improvement projects in maintenance shutdowns. It is during this time that Richard’s passion for conveyors and transfer chutes evolved through sheer necessity to overcome imbedded issues the industry faced, after decades of building plants that didn’t have adequate reliability and a low-cost and high efficiency focus.

Thinking outside the status quo with his knowledge gained from different industries, Richard developed a number of successful improvements within the Iron Ore industry. These were the first of their kinds and resulted in increased plant reliability, throughput, reduced maintenance time and a lowering of the cost per ton.

Within Gulf Conveyor Systems, Richard helps manage designs from concept to testing and then through to operation with the rest of the Gulf team and client to achieve the best possible outcome.


Peter has developed custom scale transfer chute modelling, getting the most out of bulk materials handling.

Peter Donecker.  Bulk Solids Modelling Specialist

For full solution integration, Gulf Conveyor Systems partners with industry specialists where required. For design testing, Gulf partners with Peter Donecker, Principal of Bulk Solids Modelling.

Peter has over 35 years experience in the Australian mining and minerals processing industries. As a leading innovator, he has chalked up a number of 'firsts' that have helped get the most out of bulk materials handling and minerals processing. His custom scale transfer chute modelling methods provide ‘crystal ball’ insight into how designs will perform, eliminating any bugs right from the get go. Read more at www.bulksolidsmodelling.com.au