Gondwana Geoscience was founded in January 2016.
The term “Gondwana” is inspired by the location of the founder’s office, but also by the outreach of the business and its principal associates who are based mostly in the southern hemisphere, but have worked and researched across the globe. The term is also used to inspire the idea of the implied geological history behind every geological or geophysical model or interpretation and their place in defining the story of our planet.
Although the chief background of the founder lies within geophysics and structural geology, the ultimate intention of Gondwana Geoscience is to provide a resource for explorers wishing to carry out studies requiring information across geoscientific disciplines. Core services in geophysics and geological modelling and interpretation will be provided initially with links to other services via associates and software resources.
At present Gondwana Geoscience is a registered Australian Business.
Founder and Principal of Gondwana Geoscience.
Matthew graduated from Flinders University in 1998 with a BSc in Geology and Geophysics, and performed a postgraduate Honours Degree in Geophysics at the University of Tasmania in 1999. He spent several years working on a contract basis as a Field Geologist and Gravity, Magnetics and EM Processing Geophysicist in remote parts of Australia before finding full time employment at CGG as a Marine Seismic Processor. A desire to move from processing to interpretation saw him take a contract Geophysicist/Geologist role at the Western Australian Geological Survey, where he developed his skills in geophysical interpretation and 3D Geological Modelling in the Yilgarn and Gascoyne regions of WA. After completion of this contract Matthew worked for Ark Geophysics (later Arkex) in the UK in Geophysical Modelling and Basin Interpretation before returning to Australia. Matthew worked as an Exploration Geophysicist for a Uranium and Base Metals Explorer before becoming an Industry Consultant, initially in Geothermal Exploration and later in Base Metals, Gold, Uranium and Hydrocarbon Exploration, performing processing, interpretation, QC and modelling services. Matthew began publishing case studies and appearing at international conferences. A long association with Intrepid Geophysics developed over this time, becoming an expert in 3D Geomodeller and Intrepid Software, led to him taking a full time role at Intrepid Geophysics in 2013, becoming Manager of their GeoIntrepid services area. Matthew ran many courses instructing software, geological and geophysical modelling and interpretation, represented Intrepid Geophysics at many international conferences and published further geoscientific case studies, in addition to processing, modelling, administrative and customer support work. Matthew returned to Adelaide in 2016 to found Gondwana Geoscience.
Senior Geophysicist (Associate)
Rainer Wackerle is the acting Senior Geophysicist for Gondwana Geoscience, in addition to his role as the Manager and Geophysicist for GeoIntrepid Namibia, a Windhoek-based geophysical processing services business founded by himself and Desmond Fitzgerald of Intrepid Geophysics (see below) in 2009. Rainer has very extensive and significant experience in airborne, land and marine magnetics, gravity, gravity gradiometry and radiometrics Processing and QC, as well as satellite and hyperspectral data processing and imaging. Rainer holds a Diploma (MSc. Equivalent) in Applied Geophysics from the Technical University of Berlin. He started his career at the “Büro für Geophysik” in 1990 performing environmental and engineering geophysical consulting in the area of Berlin and the former German Democratic Republic. This included waste disposal investigation, detection of hazardous waste, detection of UXOs and ground water investigation. From 1993 to 1996 he worked as an exploration geophysicist with the ‘Mineral Prospecting Promotion Project’ of the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) seconded to the Geological Survey of Namibia. In this role he participated in the compilation of the Namibian regional airborne magnetic survey data. In 1997 Rainer joined the Geological Survey of Namibia where he held the position of Senior, later Chief geophysicist. During this time he was responsible for the geophysical activities of the Survey, including quality control of more than 4.5 million line-km of airborne geophysical surveys and supervision of the seismological and magnetic observatories operated by the Survey in co-operation with other institutions. He founded GeoIntrepid Namibia in 2009.
Address: Windhoek, Namibia
Phone: + 264 (0)85 561 6574