ONLY SOURCE OF AFTA®
International has served the hydrocarbon
since 1980, pioneering quantitative thermal history reconstruction (THRTM)
in basin analysis using its proprietary Apatite Fission Track Analysis
Geotrack has carried out commercial zircon, sphene
and apatite fission track dating since 1982 and has operated as a private
company since 1987. AFTA®
Apatite Fission Track Analysis is proprietary technology developed by
Geotrack for quantitative thermal history reconstruction that is used
widely by the oil exploration industry. More that 900 proprietary and
non-exclusive reports for all of the worlds major hydrocarbon-exploration
companies have incorporated AFTA. Geotrack is not exclusively a hydrocarbon
focussed company and during the last 10 years has provided additional
services to many gold, diamond, uranium and mineral sands explorers
and producers. Our geological, technical and administrative support
staff are entirely focussed on meeting deadlines for an unrivalled analytical
service in a competitive environment.
Ian Duddy, Paul Green and Kerry Hegarty founded the company in 1987.
Paul and Ian are the owners and continue to be fully involved in all
the day to day activities including technical report writing. Kerry
is no longer associated with Geotrack.
Dr Ian R. Duddy, B.Sc. (HONS), Ph.D - Geology, University of
Duddy has been instrumental in the development of fission track techniques
in hydrocarbon exploration since the late 1970s. In 1987 he co-founded
Geotrack International Pty Ltd, an international consulting company
specialising in the application of AFTA® to hydrocarbon exploration
problems worldwide, and which now has offices in Melbourne, United Kingdom,
Middle East and America. His areas of special expertise are: AFTA (apatite
fission track analysis); integration of AFTA with organic geochemistry,
in particular vitrinite reflectance; basin modelling hydrocarbon generation;
as well as sandstone petrography, diagenesis and reservoir quality.
His main research focus is on the application of AFTA to hydrocarbon
exploration problems; the development of a philosophy for constrained
basin modelling; evaluation of the potential and integration of thermal
Dr Duddy is the Director - Operations at Geotrack,
a Research Associate of the University of Melbourne and member of PESA,
SEPM and GSA. He is the author of numerous articles on AFTA and basin
modelling in international scientific journals.
Dr Paul F. Green, B.Sc. (HONS) - Physics, M.Sc.
- Applied Radiation Physics, Ph.D., University of Birmingham, UK.
Dr Green co-founded Geotrack
International Pty. Ltd. in 1987, having joined the Fission Track Research
Group at the University of Melbourne in 1982, bringing with him extensive
experience and expertise in the annealing and etching of fission tracks
in minerals. In 1973 he gained a B.Sc (Hons.) Physics from the University
of Birmingham, and in 1974 he gained a M.Sc Applied Radiation Physics.
In 1978 he received his Ph.D from the University of Birmingham, and
between 1980-1982 he was a Research Fellow in the Department of Physics,
University of Birmingham. From 1982-1988 was a Research Fellow in the
Department of Geology, University of Melbourne, focussing on the development
of analytical techniques for elucidation of thermal history information
from fission tracks in apatites, and their application in a variety
of tectonic settings. He maintains an active interest in these topics,
with a particular focus on NW Europe and SE Australia.
He is the Director - Technical at Geotrack, and is
the author of more than 100 articles in international scientific journals
related to AFTA and its application to hydrocarbon exploration. He is
a member of PESA, PESGB and AAPG, and has been on the Editorial Board
of “Radiation Measurements”, a Pergamon Press Journal, since
Pat Kelly, is the hands on Operations Manager and has
over 25 years experience, including 17 years at the University of Melbourne,
with geochemical analytical techniques specialising in Electron Microprobe
and Scanning Electron Microscopy and uranium fission track mapping by
the Lexan print technique.
Peter Watson, manager of the Mineral Separation and
Electron Beam Facilities, has been a Geotrack employee for 14 years
and is experienced in all aspects of Geotracks services from sample
preparation to electron beam analysis.
Rob Mooney handles data analysis, software and web
development and all aspects of Geotrack's information and computing
Cecilia Nesci is the administrative officer, handling
all reception and secretarial duties. She also QC's and prepares final
reports for despatch, and assists with marketing.
Myf Duddy is our accounts receivable / payable personage.
Marilyn Moore and Chris O'Brien are our Fission Track
data collection experts with many years experience between them.