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.


Bill Stone

William (Bill) Stone

BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD, PGeo
Associate Principal Geologist

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Bill is an exploration geologist and research gesoscientist with 30 years of experience in the minerals industry.  His experience includes mineral exploration from target generation through exploration project management and development to mining of precious and base metal deposits in North America, Australia, Europe and Africa.  Bill is also experienced in evaluation of exploration properties and development and mining projects for acquisition.  Commodity experience gold, platinum metals, nickel-copper sulphides, and volcanic and SEDEX base metals across all scales and settings, including open pit and underground mines. 

In his 30 year career, Bill has worked in many world-class settings, including: Canada (Hemlo, Red Lake, LaRonde-Bousquet-Doyon, Kirkland Lake, Casa Berardi-Amos gold mining camps; Lac des Iles, Current Lake, River Valley PGM deposits; Raglan, Shebandowan, Timmins nickel-copper camps; Bathurst zinc-lead-silver camp and Selwyn Basin zinc belt); USA (Tintina gold belt and Wrangellia nickel-copper-PGM belt); Australia (Kambalda, Leinster, Mt Keith nickel camps and St Ives gold camp); Finland (Arctic Platinum Project); and Africa (Central African Copper Belt).  Technical specialization includes integration of exploration datasets for 3D analysis of greenfield to brownfield and near-mine settings for drill targeting.  Recent projects include studies of dispersion patterns and alteration halos for exploration vectors, grade distribution patterns for controls on high grade, and mineral resource estimations for internal and planning purposes.  Bill is a proficient user of GIS, Micromine, Target and FracSIS.  

Bill holds a B.Sc. Honours degree from Dalhousie University (Halifax) and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Western Ontario (London).  He held senior technical and management positions with industry companies and research universities, including WMC Resources Limited, LAC Minerals, North American Palladium and the University of Western Australia (Perth).  Bill has also published research papers on mineral deposits in leading scientific journals and is a registered Professional Geoscientist based in Toronto, Canada.  


Scott W. Halley

BSc (Hons), PhD
Associate Principal Geochemist

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Scott has consulted to more than 100 mining and exploration companies in more than 25 countries in the last six years. Having worked as an exploration geologist for 20 years prior to specialising as a geochemist means that Scott understands how geochemistry can be practically and effectively applied to exploration and mining problems. Advances in technology mean that there are significant changes in the quality of commercially available geochemical and mineralogical analysis methods every few years. One of Scott’s aims is to ensure that his clients are using the most appropriate methods and deriving the full benefit from their data.

As well as consulting, Scott is a regular presenter in the CODES MSc (Econ Geol) short course series, and a regular invited speaker at international geology conferences. Scott is the recipient of the Gibb Maitland Medal for 2012. The Gibb Maitland Medal is awarded by the Geological Society of Australia – Western Australia Division for substantial contributions to Western Australian geology, in particular for contributions in the field of mineral resources exploration.

Scott Halley received a BSc (Hons Class I) from the University of Tasmania (1982), and a PhD from Australian National University (1987). He worked as an exploration geologist for a number of Australian and international companies until 2006. Since then, he has run his own consulting business, specialising in exploration geochemistry, particularly in the use of multi-element ICP geochemistry and SWIR analysis to map far-field expressions and alteration mineral zonation patterns around hydrothermal systems.

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