About Us

Benedikt Steiner

Benedikt Steiner
PhD | CGeol | EurGeol | FHEA
Director

Benedikt is a chartered geologist with 12 years of global experience in project generation, testing and evaluation, principally with Rio Tinto Exploration and as a consultant. He is a qualified person for JORC, NI 43-101 and PERC compliant reporting and valuation. Recently, Benedikt has been running field and consulting work in Argentina, Sierra Leone, Rwanda, Mozambique, Finland and Myanmar.

He was involved in the Rössing Z20 discovery (Namibia) in 2011-12 and was the driving force behind the discovery of a granite-hosted mineralisation system in the Vosges Mountains (France). Benedikt is a published expert in geochemical exploration and targeting.

Benedikt obtained a Master of Science degree in Geology from the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College London, and a PhD in Geochemical Exploration from the Camborne School of Mines, University of Exeter. He is currently the MSc Programme Director in Exploration and Mining Geology at the Camborne School of Mines, where he spearheads the development of postgraduate and professional training for the mining industry.

Dr James Barnet

James Barnet
PhD | MCSM | FGS | Scientific proof reading
Associate Senior Geologist

James graduated from the University of Southampton in June 2008 with a First Class MSci degree in Geology, and has subsequently gained over 6 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry in the Consultancy division of Neftex Petroleum Consultants Ltd. His work there involved licence block-specific petroleum evaluations within prospective basins of Papua New Guinea and the eastern Mediterranean. James developed a particular interest in interpreting a diverse suite of wireline log, organic geochemical and reservoir petrophysical data; becoming proficient at manipulating large datasets to map out the potential distributions of oil- and gas-mature source rocks, effective reservoirs and cap rocks at block scale.

James published his first book, a geologically themed walking guidebook to the Scottish Highlands in August 2014, before leaving Neftex to commence a PhD in Geology at the University of Exeter in September 2014. James graduated with his PhD in December 2018 and has since published three first author papers within high-impact journals such as Geology and Earth and Planetary Science Letters, and is a co-author on a recent Science paper. James’ second book, a complete guide to the geology and fossils of the New Forest, will be published in February 2021. James is currently based in St Andrews (Scotland), where he is a post-doctoral research fellow.

GLOBAL EXPERIENCE

Svalbard (Norway)

Duration: 2007-2008

Deliverables: Organic geochemistry analysis and palaeoenvironmental study

Norway

Duration: 2021-date

Deliverables: VMS exploration in the Trøndelag region. Provision of expert consulting services to Canadian-listed junior exploration company, including the interpretation of magnetic survey datasets and Ionic Leach geochemistry. This supported the definition of new exploration targets and improved the overall exploration strategy. 

Finland

Duration: 2016

Deliverables: Prospectivity map for orogenic Au deposits in the Central Lapland Greenstone Belt, regional exploration targeting

Wyoming (USA)

Duration: 2008-2009

Deliverables: Wireline log analysis and correlation, basin study and petroleum prospectivty

France

Duration: 2017 – date

Deliverables: Regional reconnaissance sampling and mapping in the Vosges Mountains for polymetallic and W-Sn and LCT targets

Sierra Leone

Duration: 2017

Deliverables: Interpretation of proprietary geochemical and geophysical datasets to aid private exploration company in targeting orogenic gold and REE pegmatite deposits. Field visit, training, and follow-up target generation.

Namibia

Duration: 2010-2013

Deliverables: Resource drilling campaigns for Rossing Uranium Z20 expansion project and upgrade of overall resource

Zambia

Duration: 2013-2016

Deliverables: greenfields copper target generation and testing in underexplored areas of NW Zambia, logistics, HSEC

Rwanda

Duration: 2018

Deliverables: field visit, sampling and prioritization of Sn-W-LCT and coltan pegmatite target areas. Production of technical summary report for AIM-listed company

Rwanda

Duration: 2019 – 2020

Deliverables: Several visits to the Nyamasheke area. Investigated a number of REE granite occs using geological, geochemical, geophysical and drilling techniques. Also followed up on suspected “fossil fuel” occurrence. Compilation of high profile investor reports.

Eastern Former Soviet Union (Russia)

Duration: 2008-2014

Deliverables: Desktop studies, exploration targeting reports for hydrocarbons and industrial minerals, production of depositional environment/ tectonic, chronostratigraphic maps and charts.

Myanmar

Duration: 2016 – 2018

Deliverables: Multi-disciplinary exploration desktop study and review of regional mineralization potential. Planning of regional geochemical survey with focus on skarn-related and epithermal gold and base-metal deposits

Papua New Guinea

Duration: 2011-2013

Deliverables: Desktop study, Common Risk Segment mapping onshore/ offshore, production of play schematics and cross-sections

Ireland

Duration: 2016

Deliverables: Target generation using GSI datasets. Published paper. Presentation of short course to national geological society.

United Kingdom

Duration: 2016 – date

Deliverables: Current base, regional geology, field trips and exploration targeting with local junior exploration companies.

Tanzania

Duration: 2008

Deliverables: Coal exploration in the Songea area.

Mozambique

Duration: 2018 – date

Deliverables: Advising junior exploration company on new discovery of gold mineralisation along the Lurío Shear Zone. Compilation of technical reports.

Australia

Duration: 2016 -2018

Deliverables: Provision of training for orogenic gold exploration.

Ontario (Canada)

Duration: 2017 – date

Deliverables: Delivery of annual field training with focus on greenstone belt-hosted orogenic gold deposits.

Guyana

Duration: 2019

Deliverables: Provision of technical orogenic gold training course to major and junior exploration and mining companies.

Argentina

Duration: 2019 – date

Deliverables: Advising on porphyry copper and epithermal copper-gold-silver projects in the Salta Region, Argentina. Acting as technical director for junior exploration company. Target generation and license area acquisition.

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