The company, NewTec, was founded by Dirk Nieuwland in 1999 (registered k.v.k. 28082753). Dirk studied structural geology and sedimentology at Leiden University. After obtaining his MSc degree in 1975, he received a PhD scholarship of the Australian National University in Canberra where he obtained a PhD in radiometric dating and structural geology at the Research School of Earth Scieces. After passing the exam for an international committee at the ETH in Zurich, he received his PhD from the Research School of Earth Sciences in 1980.

In 1979 he started a professional carrier with Shell E&P Research in The Netherlands and worked in structural geology and operations for 20 years. He moved through research, production geologist in Thailand, chief geologist in Turkey and senior research geologist, (internal consultant and technical auditor) from 1990 until 1999.

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 2004 he was visiting lecturer at the Middel East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey.

In 2005 Dirk was visiting professor at the Geology Department of the University of Saltzburg, Austria.) 


Associated Industrial Organizations

  • Dutch Geological Survey, now named: Netherlands Institute for Applied Geoscience (NITG), which is part of the Dutch National Institute for Technology Research (TNO,
  • PanTerra ( provides all types of certified high quality core analyses and staff secondment.
  • Fugro-Robertson ( training, seismic interpretation and geophysical services.
  • EPTS ( training and technical expertise in the sub-surface sciences.
  • SGS provides integrated reservoir and field solutions throughout the field life cycle.

These partnerships enable NewTec to offer the widest possible range of geological, geophysical and reservoir engineering services. In addition to cases such as complex structures, fractured reservoirs and fault sealing, we can offer services ranging from seismic interpretation to petrophysical analyses, static and dynamic reservoir modeling, risk assessment and many other, while maintaining the flexibility of a small company.