Meet our team

 

The Model Earth business was created by a core of Directors with a long history of working together, and who shared a vision for the development of the company’s unique data collection, integration, analysis and interrogation technique. Our team of experienced Geologists focus on the absolute geological integration to present ‘reasoned geology’, which can be utilised to ensure that a realistic expectation of resources can be delivered.

 
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Jon
Standing
Director/Founder

Jon is a Structural Geology specialist who holds a BSc (Hons) and MSc from the University of Western Australia. He brings over 25 years industry experience to Model Earth, including 7 years as Director of Jigsaw Geoscience Pty Ltd and 6 years with Fluid Focus. Jon’s field of expertise covers exploration, development and mining in a variety of commodities, and he has been involved in numerous significant discoveries in a variety of geologic and metallogenic terranes.

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Michael
Outhwaite
Senior Consultant

Michael graduated from Curtin University with 1st Class Honours in 2002, and completed a research-based MSc at the University of Western Australia in 2017. His experience in the minerals industry has comprised a range of technical consulting and company-based roles, across multiple deposit styles and geological terranes. His skills in structural geology and geochemistry are adaptable to any geological environment, and his communication and mentoring skills help to effectively relay technical findings to clients. Michael is credited with the greenfields Lake Roe/Bombora Au discovery, 100 km east of Kalgoorlie, Western Australia.

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Clemens
Augenstein
Senior Consultant

Clemens is a structural geologist with an MSc from the ETH Zurich, and a PhD with a focus on orogenic processes, from the ANU in Canberra. His main expertise is mapping and analysing structures on all scales, embracing everything from tectonic plates down to structures at the scale of individual deposits. His ability to combine his extensive structural knowledge with data from geochemical and geophysical exploration techniques enables him to effectively and accurately target exploration programs in a wide variety of geological settings. He has experience in near-mine to greenfields exploration of Au, Cu-Au and Ni deposits throughout Australia, South America and Africa.

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Ben
McCormack
Senior Consultant

Ben holds honours degrees in Geology and in Geomatics Engineering from the University of Melbourne. Ben is an accomplished exploration geologist and structural mapper whose background int he spatial sciences has translated to an expertise in the use of GIS and #D modelling software to integrate and interrogate data. Ben's experience in the exploration industry includes 4 years working as an exploration geologist during the early stages of vast Tropicana Gold Project in Western Australia, and 3 years working as a consultant with Jigsaw Geoscience. He has mapped and developed targeting models for porphyry Cu systems in the Peruvian Andes, IOCG deposits in Chile and Queensland, Cu in central Asia and mesothermal AU in Egypt and in Australia. Ben has a special interest in geomorphology and regolith processes, and a keen eye for the application of new technology to minerals exploration.

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David
Martin
Senior Consultant

David Martin (Consultant Geologist) holds an MSc from the University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg) and a PhD from the University of Western Australia, and he combines these with over 25 years of experience in the academic, government, and private sectors. With a background in sedimentology and basin analysis, and a passion for geological mapping, he now specialises in mapping, tectonic analysis, and target generation at project to regional scales. He has extensive experience in the Precambrian terranes of Western Australia, Southern Africa and West Africa, working on diamonds, gold, base-metals, and iron ore. David also has a keen interest in the application of new technology to fieldwork, and was instrumental in the development of digital mapping techniques at the Geological Survey of Western Australia.

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Mark
Munro
Consultant

Mark holds a PhD in structural and metamorphic geology from James Cook University, Australia, during which he studied the integration of microscale to regional-scale geological processes in the reconstruction of tectono-metamorphic terrane evolution. He later worked on hydrothermal mineralizing systems as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Western Australia; followed by a period of field mapping, petrology and microstructure with the Geological Survey of Western Australia. Mark’s economic experience includes the examination of gold and base-metal deposits across a diverse range of greenschist to granulite facies terranes throughout Australia and in South Africa.

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Clement
Fay
Consultant

Clement has a Master degree in 3D modelling from the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis (France) and a PhD in structural and metamorphic geology from James Cook University Australia. His specialties are Structural interpretation from the multiscale study of deformation (micro-macro-regional). Clement has experience in modern fold and thrust belts and the Hercynian-Paleozoic Orogen; brittle and ductile deformation styles and has worked in Gold, Nickel, Oil and Gas throughout Australia, PNG and SE Asia.

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Francois
Voute
Consultant Geochemist

Francois is a geochemist holding a PhD from the University of Western Australia in the field of economic geology. He is particularly interested in applying research to solve significant challenges in mineral exploration and geometallurgy. Over the past ten years, Francois has gained strong experience in brownfields to greenfields exploration of Au, Cu-Au and polymetallic deposits in Western Australia, South America and Europe. Specifically, Francois is able to conduct geochemical data analysis and comprehensive petrological, mineralogical and chemical studies on a wide range of geological material. His ability to characterize and quantify ore mineralogy has proven particularly beneficial to assist process control and plant optimization. When combined with structural studies, his interdisciplinary approaches enable him to effectively discern pathfinder minerals and elements that can be used as vectors towards mineralization.

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Ian E
Neilson
CO - Founder

Holding a Master of Science (MSc) degree with a double major in Structural Geology and Geophysics from Monash University, Victoria, Ian has built a solid reputation for delivering real value to minerals projects over the years, with proven successes and accredited discoveries. He has been instrumental in developing the company’s business model based on structural geology first principles utilising effective and proven exploration techniques and practices. Ian has been involved in numerous significant discoveries in a variety of geologic and metallogenic terranes across the globe.

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Adrian
Corvino
Consultant

Adrian received degrees in geology and geomatics from the University of Melbourne in 2002, and earned his PhD there in 2009 on Antarctic Precambrian tectonics. During his research, he took on field campaigns as a geologist or surveyor for various mapping agencies, notably in Antarctica (5 trips), Scotland and Papua New Guinea. Since 2010, he has worked in mineral exploration, building expertise in gold and uranium resources in North Queensland, Namibia, Laos and Sulawesi. His terrane experience spans Archaean metamorphics to Recent arc-volcanics, including structurally focussed work on migmatite, slate fold belt, granitoid intrusive-related, and epithermal ores.

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Professor Bryan
Krapez
Associate

Professor Krapez has a BSc (Hons) from London University, an MSc with distinction from Johannesburg (Wits) and a PhD with distinction from Perth (UWA). His wide ranging geological experience comprises underground mining, remote-area and near-mine exploration, consulting, and university research, with a worldwide portfolio. As an economic geologist he has worked on gold, base-metals, uranium, iron ore, coal and diamonds. He was a full-time consultant from 1985 through to 1998, specialising in field mapping and research. He is currently a research-only professor at Curtin University of Technology, Perth. Bryan pioneered the link between stratigraphic analysis and tectonic evolution of Precambrian terranes, and is well-known in the consulting field for bringing those techniques together for innovative prospectivity analysis of terranes of all ages. His university training is in sedimentology and basin analysis.