December News

Lidar laser-scanning in the Kaikoura region of New Zealand

Busy times! The paint has hardly dried on our upgraded multi-client “Regional Appraisal of Fractured Reservoirs in Kurdistan & NE Iraq” study (see last month’s News), but we’re busy again with a wide range of new projects… First up is an exciting in-depth proprietary appraisal of unconventional plays in a major South American basin. This…

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November News

Stacked GIS overlays, NE Iraq

We’ve just completed our latest multi-client fracture study, a major upgrade to our “Regional Appraisal of Fractured Reservoirs in Kurdistan & NE Iraq”. This comprehensive product will help you to identify and evaluate potential fractured reservoirs of the northern Zagros, and to help ‘high-grade’ suitable target acreage during early exploration. Based on invaluable feedback from…

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October News


Just back from an interesting time at the ExCel Centre in London – over 400 exhibitors vying for the attention (and money) of a jam-packed audience of several thousand attendees, and so many young, vibrant professionals excited to be in the midst of the action … Yes, five minutes in “Salon International 2017” was quite…

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September News

Outcrop photo of small-scale fault relays in Carboniferous limestone-shale sequence, Lamberton, SE Scotland.

Seeing fault relays in outcrop is a great reminder that analysing structures in 2D is rarely good enough! In the real world, segmentation of a 3D rock volume by fault relays radically changes fluid migration paths, and can have critical implications for seismic hazard. Lots of structural geologists have worked on fault relays – though…

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August News

Durham Bishops Richard De Bury & Thomas De Hatfield

Was geology invented in Durham? Scholarly studies of medieval manuscripts have shown that use of the term geologia first appeared around 1344 in a book by Richard de Bury, Bishop of Durham. The venerable bishop’s book, the Philobiblon, was a treatise extolling the author’s passion for books and learning, and is often regarded as the…

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July News Update

Fractured Cretaceous bedding surfaces and cliff sections on the flanks and crest of the Piramagrun anticline, Kurdistan.

Following on from our successful multi-client analysis of fractured Jurassic and Triassic reservoirs in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, we’ve now extended this approach to include all the main fractured Cretaceous reservoirs across the region. While Jurassic and Triassic outcrops in the Zagros are generally somewhat sparse, and typically limited to steep cliff exposures, Cretaceous…

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July News

Signal of a large earthquake, recorded with 3-component GNSS receivers.

Published today in the Nature journal Scientific Reports – more scientific outcomes of our work using GNSS (i.e. satellite constellations including GPS) to monitor ground motion associated with recent large earthquakes in central Italy. The image above shows 50 seconds of time-series data from a single pair of low-cost GNSS receivers, positioned in the hangingwall and…

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June News

One of the GRL multi-rotor drones acquiring data.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles – UAVs – Drones … revolutionary sci-fi technology, latest toys for geeky boys, or general harbinger of impending doom? Depending on your point of view, and which media story you happen to see, drones are variously the latest innovation promising huge, unstoppable commercial benefits, or the evil tool of choice for prison…

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May News

One year on from the fateful referendum on Britain’s EU membership, exit negotiations are soon due to start in earnest. Despite all the hullaballoo and headlines however, the reality for us in GRL is that we’re closer than ever to our research colleagues across Europe (and beyond); of the 56 research institutes with whom we’ve…

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April News Update

Nesjavellir geothermal power plant, Iceland

“However high we climb in the pursuit of knowledge we shall still see heights above us, and the more we extend our view, the more conscious we shall be of the immensity which lies beyond” William Armstrong (1810-1900), engineer, industrialist, inventor, owner of Cragside, the first house in the world to be lit by hydroelectricity in…

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