GEOWiZ Consulting

Ross Corben

Ross has more than 30 years experience in the exploration and mining industry in numerous commodities and countries. He worked as an exploration and mining geologist in Western Australia before starting work with Surpac Software in their UK and Canadian offices. He went on to join a number of well known Australian mining companies specialising in database management, resource estimation and mining geology. He recently started up his own consulting company GEOWiZ based in Sydney, Australia.

Selected Experience


Ross has worked for Snowden Associates in Sydney as well as running his own consulting business where he developed numerous mining databases including a complete open pit and underground production management system that he installed at three significant operating mines. He also developed his own resource estimation database system that interfaces with Surpac’s resource modeling tools.

Resource Evaluations and Mine Geology

Ross has been the Competent Person for a number of Australian mining companies where he was responsible for the resource drill outs, data management and resource estimations. He has also been involved in setting up grade control systems using Surpac and he has developed a large library of Surpac macros and Access databases for mining.


Ross has been using Surpac since 1988 when he was the Mine Geologist at the Peak Hill Gold Mine in WA. He setup and ran the UK office For the Surpac Software International Group and then moved to the Canadian office where he provided training, support and consulting services. He has written numerous stand-alone TCL scripting macros that interface directly with Access databases.

Ross has been using Leapfrog for over 5 years and is an experienced GIS software user.

Skills and Competencies

  • Fellow of the AUSIMM with practical experience in JORC and NI43-101 reporting systems.
  • Resource and economic evaluation coupled with mine design and planning.
  • Exploration and mining geology experience.
  • Over 20 years of experience using Surpac for exploration, geological modelling, resource estimation and mining.
  • Developed a number of sophisticated grade control systems using Surpac and Access.
  • Customised trainer in Microsoft Access.
  • Developed Access databases for exploration, mining and processing that are still being used on numerous mine sites.
  • Over 5 years using Leapfrog.
  • B.Sc. In Geology and Post-graduate Computer Programming degree.

Commodities and Projects

Ross has worked in a large number of commodities and projects in Australia and around the world. For the last 4 years, he has been the Mineral Resource Manager for Metminco who are developing a number of porphyry copper projects in Chile and Peru. Prior to that, he spent two years in Spain working on the Salamanca Uranium Project following six years in China at the Jinfeng and White Mountain Gold Mines. He also has extensive experience in copper (Metminco, Nifty, Selwyn) and worked on consulting projects involving coal, mineral sands and nickel.
GEOWiZ Consulting
P.O. Box 387, Collaroy, NSW 2097, AUSTRALIA