Kim Frankcombe graduated from the University of Tasmania in 1978, with an Honours Degree in Geology and Geophysics. He worked initially as an exploration geologist for DeBeers before joining Mobil in 1981 as a geophysicist in their energy minerals division, searching for uranium and coal.
In 1983 he left Mobil to set up an independent consultancy and over the next six years worked on a wide range of projects including engineering site investigation studies, groundwater exploration, software development and minerals and petroleum exploration. He was recruited by World Geoscience Corporation in 1989 to lead their ground geophysics contracting and consulting division, later adding the new airborne EM branch to his responsibilities.
Kim left World Geoscience in 1991 to take up a position as senior geophysicist for Normandy Mining Group, responsible for geophysical support to regional and mine exploration teams in Western Australia, Northern Territory and Indonesia.
He joined Southern Geoscience Consultants (SGC) in 1997 as a Senior Consultant going on to become a significant shareholder in 2000. He provided sole geophysical support to the exploration teams of a wide variety of companies operating both in Australia and overseas. Kim also provided specialist technical geophysical support to company geophysicists and engineering consultants. In addition he provided technical support and mentoring for geophysicists within the SGC group.
Having played an active role in building SGC to possibly the world's biggest minerals geophysical consultancy he decided to form a smaller group and in 2010 left to form ExploreGeo.