DownUnder GeoSolutions (DUG) was incorporated by its co-founders, Matthew Lamont and Troy Thompson, in Perth, Western Australia in December 2003. They started building their first office – a shed in Matt’s backyard. In the early days, Troy worked on quantitative interpretation workflows while Matt concentrated on developing a processing and imaging system. The focus was not only on functionality, but on integration within an interactive interpretation system. This culminated in a unique G&G toolkit, which due to client demand, was released commercially as an interpretation package in 2009.
The founders of DUG have a wealth of academic and practical experience. They lead a team of equally talented professionals.
Dr Matthew Lamont is founding partner and Managing Director. Matthew holds a PhD in Geophysics from Curtin University of Technology where he is an adjunct Associate Professor. In his career he has held senior management positions at Woodside Perth, and BHP Billiton in Houston.
Dr Troy Thompson received a PhD from Curtin University of Technology and a first class honours degree at Curtin working on anisotropy. Troy is the author of many papers covering anisotropy, prestack autopicking and quantitative interpretation.
The DUG service business grew rapidly, with a focus on the international market from the outset. DUG now has patents for both seismic processing algorithms and computer hardware solutions, and operates some of the largest and greenest supercomputers on earth. DUG has grown from the back shed to having four major international offices in Perth, London, Houston and Kuala Lumpur.
In 2014 DUG was honoured with the Cecil Green Enterprise Award from SEG in recognition of the risk and innovation that is part and parcel of the DUG story.