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About Tensor Research

Our Company

Tensor Research was co-founded by David Pratt, Tony White and Blair McKenzie in 2010 to provide advanced geophysical software development, implementation and training services to explorers, service organisations and instrument developers involved in the use of potential fields to explore the subsurface.  The team was intimately associated with leading edge geophysical research at Encom Technology and now has full responsibility for the development, support and sales management of ModelVision.

 

Our primary focus is the advanced use of potential field data from standard to advanced instruments for the direct interpretation of 3D geological problems. Our services include:

  • Direct modelling of all potential field instruments

  • Use of different applications methods such as inversion, FFT and analytic data transformation

  • Theoretical solutions to complex geophysical problems

  • Algorithm development

  • Graphical User Interface development

  • Visualisation of earth models and data

  • Integration of new tools with existing in-house software solutions

  • Training in interpretation tools

  • Training in interpretation methods

  • Advise on optimal tool sets for routine exploration

  • In-house reviews of skills and geophysical computer systems

The magnetic and gravity method of geophysical investigation are routinely used globally for all forms of exploration and subsurface investigation. Yet much of the important geological information remains locked in the data due to limitations in available processing procedures or an inappropriate use of black box solutions.  Tensor Research can help unlock this information.

We are on a mission

At Tensor Research our team's primary objective is to extract the maximum geological information from current and future potential field surveys through the appropriate use of interpretation technologies.  We help you turn your exploration projects into discoveries. 

Supporting the next generation

Tensor Research recognises the importance of encouraging and supporting the next generation of geophysicists and so we are a proud sponsor of the Frank Arnott Award.

Our Founders

 

David Pratt
Research & Development 
(Director)

David has a B.Sc. (Hons) and M.Sc. in Geology and Geophysics from the University of Sydney and a Ph.D. in Physics (Remote Sensing), University of Newcastle. His early career included the NSW Geological Survey, seismic processing company Digitech and Layton Geophysical Consultants.

From 1979 he worked as a geophysical consultant and in 1984 he co-founded Encom Technology. He was Managing Director from 2001 until it was acquired by Pitney Bowes in 2007.  In 2010 he started Tensor Research with two ex-Encom colleagues to focus on advanced potential field research. He received the ASEG’s Grahame Sands Award in 2010 and the Laric Hawkins Award in 2012 for the most innovative use of a geophysical method along with his co-directors.


At Tensor Research, David is responsible for research and development, system design and lead consultant.

Keith Blair McKenzie
Research Geophysicist (Director)

Blair graduated in 1972 with a B.Sc. in Geology and Geophysics from the University of Queensland, a B.A. (Hons) in Exploration Geophysics Macquarie University (1974) and a M.Sc. (Hons) in Geophysics from Macquarie University (1977).  His diverse research experience includes potential fields, seismology, magnetotellurics, electromagnetics, remote sensing, rock magnetism and petrophysics.
 

Prior to joining Tensor Research Blair worked as a researcher for Preussag, Geospex Associates, ACIRL and Encom Technology.  During his time at Encom he developed the algorithms for all the potential field modelling, regularised inversion, joint inversion code and advanced FFT transformations for potential field analysis used in ModelVision, QuickMag and Discover PA.
 

At Tensor Research, Blair is responsible for new theoretical research, optimisation of existing technologies, algorithm development and rock property analysis.

Tony White
Geophysical Software Engineer (Director) 

Tony graduated in 1974 with a Distinction in Applied Physics from Leeds Polytechnic and later completed a Graduate Diploma of Geoscience (Exploration Geophysics) at Macquarie University in 1983. His early career started in material testing and geophysical surveys, but he became interested in software development and worked for CSIRO, ARK Geophysics and CSR Minerals before joining Encom Technology to develop geophysical software.  Tony worked on a range of geophysical applications before becoming responsible for ModelVision, AutoMag and parts of QuickMag.
 

At Tensor Research, Tony has primary responsibility for GUI development in ModelVision, new processing techniques, computational geometry and research into new software systems.

 

Applications & Industries

Our customers include mineral and diamond explorers, petroleum explorers, iron ore and coal miners, survey companies, government organisations, exploration consultants, engineering contractors, environmental consultants, UXO specialists, educators from all continents and research facilities and geophysical researchers around the world.


Our service clients include mineral and petroleum exploration companies, national and state geological surveys, geophysical consultants and geophysical contractors.

The magnetic (M) and gravity (G) methods are fundamental to the study of the subsurface and are used widely by many industries to resolve a broad range of geological problems. ModelVision’s quantitative tools provide direct guidance on the location, shape, volume, depth and physical properties of model bodies and puts you in control of the geology.

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