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Jon Standing

Adjunct Research Fellow

School of Earth Sciences - Centre for Exploration Targeting

Contact details


Model Earth Pty Ltd
PO Box 483
West Perth WA 6872

M +61 407 988 963



Jon has over 25 years industry experience in the mining and minerals exploration industry. He is currently Director of Model Earth Pty Ltd, a consultancy offering specialist geological and 3D modelling expertise. Previously, for 7 years Jon was a founding Director of Jigsaw Geoscience Pty Ltd, a group renowned for excellence in discovery of gold, nickel, and base metal deposits around the globe. Jigsaw were industry leaders in creation of fully integrated geological 3D models at deposit and terrane scales. Prior to forming Jigsaw Geoscience, Jon worked as an independent consultant (Fluid Focus Pty Ltd) for 7 years making significant contributions to the understanding of the Laverton Greenstone Belt and Coolgardie Region from which he has published papers.

Prior to embarking on a career as a consultant, Jon worked for Placer Pacific Ltd (later Placer Dome) for 8 years, initially as an UG mine geologist, then in exploration throughout Australia and overseas. He is credited with having a direct role in the discovery of the +1.5Moz Eldridge orebody at Kidston. In 1996 he joined Resolute Mining Ltd as company structural and research geologist. His work lead directly to development of the +1Moz Challenger gold mine in South Australia. He commenced consulting in 2000.

Jon graduated with a BSc (Hons) from the University of Western Australia in 1989, and completed a MSc (by thesis) at UWA on the Structural Controls at the Porgera Gold Mine PNG in 1994.

Jon’s prime research interests include: integration of structural geology into the exploration and development process, remobilisation of magmatic sulphide deposits, structural analysis of high-grade metamorphic rocks, mapping training, and optimization of geology and structure in 3D from the mine to craton scale.


Selected Publications

Standing, J.G. 2012: Structural geology in unfamiliar terrane; controls on laterite-hosted nickel mineralisation at Ravensthorpe, W.A. In: Structural Geology and Resources 2012, Kalgoorlie, 155-158.

Standing, J.G. 2008: Terrane amalgamation in the Eastern Goldfields Superterrane, Yilgarn Craton: Evidence from tectonostratigraphic studies of the Laverton Greenstone Belt. Precambrian Research, 161, 114-134.

Standing, J.G. & Castleden, N., 2002: A new view of Coolgardie: implications for correlations within the Kalgoorlie Terrane. In Vearncombe, S. (Ed.) Applied Structural Geology for Mineral Exploration and Mining International Symposium, Kalgoorlie, Extended Abstracts, 248-251.

Bucci, L.A., Hagemann, S.G., Groves, D.I. & Standing, J.G. 1999: Granite hosted Archaean lode‑gold mineralisation: example from the Chalice gold deposit, Western Australia. In. Stanley et al (Eds) Mineral Deposits: Processes to Processing, 1002-1012.

Bucci, L.A., Hagemann, S.G., Groves, D.I. & Standing, J.G. 2002: The Archean Chalice gold deposit: a record of complex, multistage, high temperature hydrothermal activity and gold mineralization associated with granitic rocks in the Yilgarn Craton, Western Australia. Ore Geology Reviews, 19, 23-67.

Harris, L., Delor, C., Beeson, J. & Standing, J. 1989: A major Palaeozoic deformation event affecting Precambrian terranes of Australia and East Antartica: implications for continental scale shortening. Australasian Tectonics, SGTSG Conference, Kangaroo Island, 6‑10 February 1989. Geological Society of Australia, Abstracts 24, 65-66.

Harris, L., Delor, C., Beeson, J. & Standing, J. 1989: The evolution of the Albany Fraser Province and the Leeuwin Block, Western Australia. Australasian Tectonics, SGTSG Conference, Kangaroo Island, 6‑10 February 1989. Geological Society of Australia, Abstracts 24, 67-68.

Huston, D.L., Keillor, B., Marshall, A.E., Standing, J., Blewett, R. & Mernagh, T. 2000: Archaean Epithermal Deposits in the Pilbara Craton, Western Australia. Understanding Planet Earth. Geological Society of Australia, Abstracts, No.59, p242.

Huston, D.L., Keillor, B., Standing, J., Blewett, R. & Mernagh, T.P. 2000: Epithermal deposits of the Central Pilbara tectonic zone. Description and exploration significance. AGSO Research Newsletter, May 2000, 34-39.

Huston, D.L., Blewett, R.S., Keillor, B., Standing, J., Smithies R.H., Marshall, A.E., Mernagh, T. & Kamprad, J. 2002: Lode Gold and Epithermal Deposits of the Mallina Basin, North Pilbara Complex, Western Australia. Economic Geology, 97, 801-818.