In November 2010, David was hired by Wildcat as President and Lead Engineer for a new pyrolysis instrument, HAWK. He is in charge of design and development of analytical instruments and innovations. Through his leadership Wildcat has flourished in many areas including reliability, accuracy, and support. He also helped design and implement the HAWK-Eye software that is included with the HAWK Instrument. This one of a kind software is database driven, allows you to efficiently setup and analyze data.
David Weldon worked at Delsi, Inc., the original manufacturer of the Rock-Eval® instrument in the early 1980’s. He was Delsi-Nermag's Service Department Manager handling both Rock-Eval® and Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (GCMS) support. In 1991, after Delsi shut down their Houston operation, David went to work for Humble Instruments & Services. Here he was in charge of new instrument and software development as well as international customer support. David developed the MACT10 Compositional Kinetics instrument, Cryogenic instrumentation and the Source Rock Analyzer (equivalent of Rock-Eval®) series of instruments. David was also key in getting a Nigerian laboratory setup for a client.
After Humble Instruments was acquired by Weatherford Laboratories in 2007, David supervised a team consisting of engineers, geoscientists and software developers. He performed installation of Source Rock Analyzer instruments in laboratories around the globe including Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Egypt, Canada, Malaysia, China, Russia, Germany and Norway. Complimenting that effort, he also organized and conducted technical workshops and training for clients and internal personnel related to various instrumentation including the Source Rock Analyzer, Thermal Extraction Pyrolysis Inlet, Cryo Focusing Device and the MSSV inlet. David also co-authored “Onsite pyrolysis – using new real-time technology to evaluate reservoir properties” which was presented in 2009 at the 24th International Meeting on Organic Geochemistry (IMOG) in Bremen, Germany.