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Dr. Dirk Nieuwland

Founder & Manager


Dr Dirk Nieuwland is a well-known consultant and geologist with over 34 years of experience in the Oil & Gas industry. He graduated in geology at Leiden University and did a PhD at the Research School of Earth Sciences at the Australian National University in Canberra. He joined Shell in 1979 and worked as research geologist in structural geology in the Shell research lab in Rijswijk, The Netherlands.

He then worked for Shell as production geologist in Thailand and as chief geologist in Turkey, thereafter resuming his carrier as senior research geologist at Shell Research. In this position he was responsible for technical advice in exploration and production; he developed and gave in-house workshops and seminars for Shell and for a number of State Oil Companies.

In 1999 Dirk moved to the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam where he joined the newly formed Top Research school in Earth Sciences (ISES: Integrated Solid Earth Systems) heading the analogue modelling lab of the tectonics department.

In 1999 he founded NewTec, a consultancy company though which he continues to be active in the E&P business. Moreover, he has also devoted his time to teaching as a visiting professor at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara Turkey, and at the Geology Department of the University of Saltzburg, Austria.


Co-Editor of: Modern Developments in Structural Interpretation, Validation and Modeling.
Geological Society Special Publication No. 99, 1996. Editors P.G. Buchanan and D.A. Nieuwland.


Editor of: New Insights into Structural Interpretation and Modeling.
Geological Society Special Publication No. 212, 2003. Editor D.A. Nieuwland.