Des FitzGerald is the Chief Science Officer of Intrepid Geophysics (IG) (formerly Desmond Fitzgerald & Associates Pty Ltd). Des founded the company in 1978 as an independent consultancy specializing in the use of computer methods for mining and geophysics. He also co-founded MINDATA, (specialized Mining Research & Development Company) and was Chairman of that company for 14 years.
Des has over 30 years’ experience with Intrepid Geophysics. His major projects have included: the development of the Intrepid geological processing system (software) with Geoscience Australia (GA); a complete compilation of Australian regional geophysical maps (both on shore and offshore) for magnetics, gravity, and bathymetry in partnership with Geoscience Australia (GA); and liaising with the French Geological Survey to further develop and promote new technology for 3D Geological mapping (3D GeoModeller) software integrated with potential field geophysics.
Des holds a PhD in Mining Engineering from the University of Melbourne (Australia). He is a Director for Spatial Vision, a Director for RMIT Innovations Ltd, and the Chairman of GeoJAG. He is also a member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AIMM), Australian Industry of Petroleum (AIP), Mineral Industry Consultants Association (MICA), Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), and the Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists (ASEG). Des is based in Melbourne, Australia.