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July News Update

Lidar scanning inside the Beamish adit mine

Lessons learned this month: Gathering detailed outcrop data in confined underground settings can be rather challenging (but very useful)! Given the vast geothermal potential in abandoned coal mines to provide a carbon-neutral way to generate domestic and commercial heating, we’ve been keen to take a closer look at outcrop properties of coal for some time.…

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July News

industrial cluster

Carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS) is coming soon to the UK, and we’ve got a very busy Summer ahead. Watch this space!

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June News

Details of upcoming courses that we are running for GeoLogica

This month sees the launch of new industry training courses run by GeoLogica. It’s great to see how the experienced team have assembled a range of courses with impressive depth and breadth, and we’re really excited to be involved! In addition to training that focuses on sub-surface interpretation, there is also a comprehensive program of…

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May News

Screenshot from virtual fieldtrip in SE Turkey

We’re still very busy this month preparing and running virtual fieldtrips while covid restrictions prevent most real fieldtrips from taking place. Following on from our earlier excursions, in which we’ve toured the Zagros (many times!), the Betics in SE Spain, and classic UK geology in SE Scotland and NE England, our next trip returned to…

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April News Update

FME certification

For many years ArcMap has been our ‘go-to’ software for everyday GIS work, though we also use ER Mapper, GDAL, GMT, GRASS, QGIS, and a host of other software tools. We have always had a love-hate relationship with ArcMap –it’s overpriced, inconsistent, lacks backwards compatibility, for many years was terminally unstable (now, thankfully improved), and…

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April News

North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers

This month we’re very much looking forward to the upcoming Transition to NET-ZERO in the North of England conference, an open forum organised jointly by the Durham Energy Institute and the North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers. The meeting is chaired by our long-time co-worker Jon Gluyas (Director of the Durham Energy…

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March News Update

Coincidence of the pre-Variscan surface geology and the cities that fuelled the industrial revolution in the UK

As we look ahead to the important role that geoscience continues to play in the global energy transition, it’s been fantastic to put together a virtual fieldtrip that also emphasises the influence of geology on the rapid industrialisation that started in the UK in the 18th century. The five-day fieldtrip, developed with Durham University colleagues…

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March News

Screenshot from one of our Zagros virtual fieldtrips

More Covid lockdown … so more virtual fieldtrips, as industry and academia alike are unable to venture outdoors en masse for geological fieldtrips and fieldwork! Although the main day-to-day focus for industry geologists is invariably to understand the sub-surface, available data from the sub-surface are typically sparse, biased, low-resolution, and/or remotely imaged, and successful companies…

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February News

The boundary between Skiddaw Group pelites and Borrowdale Volcanic Group tuffs at Warnscale Bottom

More geo-conservation work for Natural England (and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee) again this month, to finish off the current Geological Conservation Review in the Lake District and Northern Pennines that we reported back in December. The photos here are from Warnscale Bottom, where rocks of the Ordovician Borrowdale Volcanic Group (BVG) are juxtaposed with…

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January News

Dextral or sinistral? John Dewey (right) and Declan De Paor (left) discuss an apparent conundrum with John Ramsey (out of shot)

The Tectonic Studies Group of the Geological Society of London is celebrating its 50th birthday this year! Back in the 1970s and 80s the group’s annual three-day conference quickly became established as an essential fixture for British and Irish geologists working in structural geology and tectonics, with a healthy blend of academic and industry attendees.…

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