Geophysical Software Solutions Pty. Limited (ABN 53 347 822 476) was founded by Richard and Janet Almond in 1997. This followed the success of PC Potentials, which ran as a non-incorporated partnership from 1988 until 1997.
Richard has a BSc (hons) in physics from the University of Edinburgh (1969). After a year working for Seismograph Services Ltd as an oil exploration geophysicist, mainly in Nigeria, he joined the Australian Bureau of Mineral Resources where he remained until 1987. Geophysical work at the BMR was mainly in the fields of metalliferous exploration, volcanology, regional geophysics, and computer applications. It included extended postings to Antarctica (one year), Papua New Guinea (five years) and Indonesia (three years). Since 1988 he has worked as a consultant in information technology and geophysics, specialising in gravity and magnetic interpretation. As an escape from the virtual world, Richard enjoys building wooden boats.
Janet has a BSc in mathematics from the University of Edinburgh (1969) and a Dip Ed from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (1970). Before the formation of GSS she taught mathematics, statistics and computing at high school, Institute of Technology, and University. She currently complements her GSS involvement with tutoring at the University of Canberra. In her spare time Janet enjoys training her dogs to do flyball, interspersed with cake decorating, patchwork and needlework.
Richard and Janet both enjoy playing bridge at the Gungahlin Bridge Club.