Geosoft Inc

Geosoft Inc

Established in 1986, Geosoft stands for integrity and best practice in earth science mapping and exploration technology. Today, Geosoft software is helping to simplify geospatial data access and analysis for improved understanding, knowledge development and business decision-making in industries such as mineral exploration, oil and gas, government, and in environmental investigations and UXO (Unexploded Ordnance) detection. The company is headquartered in Toronto, Canada, with offices in South America, Europe, South Africa and Australia. Geosoft’s partner network provides additional coverage throughout the United States and across the globe, in Russia, India and China.

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207 Queens Quay West, Suite 810 , Toronto , ON M5J 1A7 Canada
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Geosoft at-a Glance
In 1982, Canadian earth scientists Colin Reeves and Ian MacLeod saw the potential for personal computers to transform the work of geophysics and exploration. From this early vision Geosoft Inc. was established in 1986. More than 25 years later, the company remains focused on exploration and the earth sciences - delivering services and technology solutions, across desktop, server and Internet platforms.

With offices across five continents, and a network of international business partners, Geosoft serves thousands of organisations, including government geological surveys and agencies; educational institutions teaching the earth sciences; and the most successful oil and mineral explorers in the world. Geosoft has been ranked as a Top 150 Technology Company, and one of the Ten Best Workplaces in Canada.

Earth scientists explore and make discoveries through data. Geosoft’s mission is to make the explorer data experience simple, natural and powerful. Our promise is less time spent handling data and more freedom to explore.

We provide software for mapping and modelling the Earth’s subsurface, and technology for managing large exploration datasets:

  • Desktop Mapping and Modelling Software - Oasis montaj, Target, GM-SYS
  • ArcGIS Extensions - Target for ArcGIS, Geochemistry for ArcGIS
  • Server Technology - DAP Server

Geosoft solutions advance exploration of the Earth's subsurface. We provide solutions for exploration industries, government and the earth sciences, specialising in: earth mapping, earth modelling, GIS mapping, exploration information management and unexploded ordnance (UXO) detection.

Fast Facts

  • In Business Since: 1986
  • Employees: 125
  • Customers: Over 5,000, in over 100 countries
  • Headquartered in: Toronto, Canada
  • Worldwide Offices: North America, South America, Europe, Africa and Australasia
  • Corporate: Privately held, Employee owned
  • Financials: Zero-debt company with consistent annual revenue growth
  • Research and Development: 20% of revenues invested in R&D every year

The Geosoft Story
Officially established in 1986, the name and vision for Geosoft was actually formed in 1982 when two Canadian earth scientists, Ian MacLeod and Colin Reeves, had the idea that microcomputers would become important to exploration geophysics.

At the time, a lot was done by hand and the limited work geoscientists did on computers was handled by mainframes and mini-computers. So Ian and Colin bought a IBM Personal Computer and started figuring out how to make it work for exploration. They needed a name for the enterprise and took the lead from a little company from Redmond that wrote the operating system, and called themselves Microsoft. Since the goal was to write software for geophysicists and geologists, they decided to call themselves Geosoft. And that’s where it all began.

Our Mission
Earth scientists explore and make discoveries through data. Geosoft’s mission is to make the explorer data experience simple, natural and powerful. Our promise is less time spent handling data and more freedom to explore. Everything we do is focused on helping explorers keep pace with the demands of their data world.

From Geophysics to Integrated Geosciences

Since being established, Geosoft has never wavered in its goal of making technology work for professional geoscientists. 25 years ago, the company started out with one developer making geophysical software tools for geophysicists with Fortran. Today Geosoft is focused on developing productivity technologies, and streamlining workflow processes, to support the success of all geoscientists and their earth exploration discoveries. There are 22 developers on the Geosoft R&D team, working alongside marketers, documenters and testers. In total, Geosoft has 125 people in 6 offices around the world, and the company continues to grow.  
The Geosoft Difference
Professionals with earth science backgrounds and industry experience continue to form the core of Geosoft today. Geosoft technical, service and solution specialists are able to work with customers to understand their exploration and business motivators and how software technology solutions can allow them to be more productive and enhance their understanding of the opportunity at hand. The team is passionate about working with clients to overcome their challenges. That critical fit makes all the difference in the world when you’re faced with the complexity of today’s data challenges and not enough resources or time to work through them.