David has extensive geosciences knowledge and mineral exploration experience in Australia and Asia supported with a Batchelor of Science, Graduate Diploma of Applied Geophysics and a Graduate Certificate in Management. He possesses outstanding leadership, management and high level communication skills and is an innovative and enthusiastic team leader and team player. He is an active member of both the ASEG and GSA.
David has extensive experience as a geoscientist working throughout Australia and Asia. In late 2014, David Robson retired from the Geological Survey of New South Wales (GSNSW) after over 20 years of service. He was the NSW Department of Trade & Investment’s Chief Geophysicist and in later years was Manager of the Regional Mapping and Exploration Geoscience Group. He was responsible for geophysical activities relating to the advancement of knowledge of state-wide, regional and local aspects of the state’s geology. Through the NSW Government’s New Frontiers initiative, his program activities included conducting field mapping in strategic areas, compiling geology maps, generating images and databases, and completing comprehensive state-wide geological and geophysical coverages to a high standard. He also supervised research geoscientists and encouraged new thinking supported by documentation, 3D modelling and promotion of its findings. He is an experienced technical writer and organiser of seminars, conferences and field excursions.
Prior to joining the GSNSW, David was Senior Supervising Geoscientist with Western Mining Corporation (WMC) for over 16 years. He was based in their Melbourne and then in their Kalgoorlie office where he was part of the mineral exploration team. He completed the early exploration on the now world-class Olympic Dam Deposit and participated in mineral exploration programs throughout Australia and in the Philippines. He has considerable exploration experience working in the Eastern Goldfields of Western Australia in both brownfield and greenfield exploration.
Prior to joining WMC, David spent five years with Geoscience Australia (then the Bureau of Mineral Resources) in Canberra as part of their Regional Mapping Project. This involved improving the knowledge of the regional geology in Northern Australia especially in the Kakadu and Georgetown regions.
David has a keen interest in geotourism and is a proven organiser of field trips, seminars and conferences and is an experienced presenter. As a member of the GSA, he now Chairs the GSA Geotourism Standing Committee. In addition, he also serves as a member of the Steering Committee for the National Geotourism Strategy of the Australian Geoscience Council, chairing the working group focusing on geotrail development. Working closely with Cartoscope Pty Ltd, David ensured the production of the second edition of the acclaimed NSW Geotourism Map.
He was a key member on the organising committee for the 2014 AESC Conference held in Newcastle where he organised the associated field excursions and technical workshops.
David is also an active member of the ASEG and was recently the Chair of the ASEG Technical Standards Committee.
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