Principal Exploration Geologist
Antony Benham is a Principal Exploration Geologist for SRK Exploration, part of the larger SRK Group.
He has more than 20 years of experience as a geologist in industry and academia including as a mining and exploration geologist on the Witwatersrand Basin and Bushveld Complex in South Africa, and as a geotechnical engineer in Hong Kong.
He was formerly the Chief Operations Officer for IGS, a commercial consultancy spun out of the British Geological Survey (BGS), and also previously worked at the BGS where he was involved in many international projects. These included being Project Leader for a PGE exploration programme in the UAE, an artisanal gold mining project in Ghana, and as Deputy Project Leader on a DFID-funded project in Afghanistan from 2004-8.
Antony has recently been involved in various governmental mineral resource projects in Central Asia and Africa and has recently managed a major three-year project in Afghanistan.
He has a First-Class Honours degree in Geology and a Masters degree in Mineral Resources.
Deep Discoveries – Modern practices and approaches to discovering new deposits.
Declining numbers of mineral deposits are being found at surface, with many deposits now being located beneath thick sequences of cover. This presents a challenge to exploration companies which can sometimes fail to identify the presence of concealed deposits using some traditional exploration techniques.
This presentation will discuss several methodologies of modern exploration techniques which can successfully be used to aid the identification of deeply buried or concealed mineral deposits. Case studies will be discussed to illustrate any specific successes made using these techniques together with suggestions for where these methodologies could be most effective.