Brett K. Davis

BSc (Hons), PhD
Principal Structural Geologist

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Brett is widely regarded in the exploration and mining industry for his application of applied structural geology to numerous commodity types and mineral deposit styles. The approach Brett has brought to understanding mineralising environments globally is a product of the integration of modern structural geology and techniques married with several decades of applied research. Brett’s work with exploration and mining companies in numerous tectonic terranes revealed a need for a comprehensive structural geological training program that could demonstrate the practical application of procedures and skills at all experience levels. This has resulted in the compilation of a benchmark training course that is typically delivered on-site over several days and that has been conducted in numerous countries. The course demonstrates the pragmatic use of structural geology skills for mining and exploration at all scales, and includes some ongoing mentoring.

Brett received a BSc (Hons Class I) from James Cook University (1986) and then worked as a production geologist at Mt Isa Mines before completing a structural geology PhD (1992) at James Cook University. This was followed by six years of applied structural geological postgraduate research before returning to the minerals industry in 1998. Brett currently holds an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow position at the University of Western Australia.

E. Jun Cowan

BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD
Director, Principal Structural Geologist

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Jun is the conceptual founder of Leapfrog software. In 2001, Jun introduced a completely new modelling experience to the mineral industry by adopting a 3D interpolation method only used outside the mining industry as the basis for a new geological modelling process. Leapfrog was designed so that geologists could model deposits rapidly so that a structural understanding of deposits could be realised in a very short time. Jun views this as an essential process for accurate understanding of mineral deposit geometry to maximise benefit to the mineral exploration and mining industry.

A decade later, Jun's insight from modelling more than 500 deposits world-wide, has resulted in Orefind's 3D modelling workflows, which are based on structural analytical heuristics that allow rapid interpretation of deposits in record time. This approach contrasts with traditional methods of modelling that ignore structural geometry during modelling (such as modelling for resource estimation). Jun teaches these methods to Orefind's clients world-wide and applies them daily in his consulting work.

Jun Cowan received a BSc (Hons Class I) from Macquarie University (1985), and a MSc (1990) and PhD (1996) from the University of Toronto. He specialised in structural geology, basin analysis, and sedimentology. He currently holds an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow position at the School of Geosciences, Monash University where he is involved in the research of structural characterisations of mineral deposits using modelling methods he helped to develop.

Kim A.A. Hein

BSc (Hons), PhD
Associate Principal Structural Geologist

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Kim is an exploration, mine and research geoscientist who has held field, project, research and senior geology positions with major mining companies operating in Australia and Africa. Her experience includes process geoscience, project management, and geoscience education. She has specialised in regional field mapping/validation, applied structural geology, structural geophysics, and exploration and mining of Archaean and Proterozoic gold and manganese deposits in Australia, South Africa and the West African craton. She has also been active in Kenya (gold), Zambia (emeralds), Botswana (nickel) and Suriname (gold, bauxite).

Kim is a published author in international science journals, and Associate Editor of Ore Geology Reviews. As a research scientist she has been involved in the AMIRA WAXI P934 project (West Africa Exploration Initiative) since 2006, and the World Bank sponsored PADSEM project since 2015, which seeks to map key regions of Burkina Faso. 

Kim is a graduate of the University of Adelaide (Australia) with a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Economic Geology, and was the 1989 recipient of the Ralph Tate Medal for Geology, the 1989 Homestake Prize for Economic Geology. She gained her PhD from the University of Tasmania (Australia) in 1995 and undertook research at the Universiteit Utrecht in the Netherlands from 2000 to 2004. In 2004 she accepted the Chamber of Mines Chair and Professorship of Mining Geology at the University of the Witwatersrand Johannesburg and was appointed Professional Professor at Wits in 2012. She also received the 2014 Vice-Chancellor’s Transformation Individual Award. 


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