E. Jun Cowan
BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD
FSEG, FAusIMM, MAIG
Director, Principal Structural Geologist
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.