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September News Update

It’s geothermal energy … but with a difference! Exciting work by our colleagues Charlotte Adams, Jon Gluyas and co-workers in Earth Sciences at Durham University is exploring the geothermal potential of extracting heat from groundwater in abandoned mine workings. Following the onset of the industrial revolution, coal extraction in the NE of England was prolific,…

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September News

A busy month ahead … we’re looking forward to lively discussion at the “Extractive Industry Geology” conference, where David will present some of our recent work in validation and calculation of spatial errors in photogrammetry (both terrestrial and UAV-based) and other geospatial methods (“An overview of geospatial methods for data acquisition and analysis: Useful insights…

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August News Update

Visual depiction of 9 months of 3D monitoring of rockfall at Whitby.

Nick Rosser in the Geography Department at Durham University has been a long-standing colleague since early 2004, when he kindly let us use his lidar scanner (a 1 Hz MDL instrument!) to start scanning outcrop geology. We’re currently working with Nick on a very interesting project to monitor coastal cliff erosion by repeatedly scanning a…

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August News

Thrust-related folding, Montagne de Seremand (Virieu-le-Grand, French Jura), looking NW.

The Jura mountains in SE France seem to be often overlooked by geologists drawn to the large-scale nappes in the main parts of the Alpine chain. That’s a pity, because there’s some fantastic scenery and a lot of fold and thrust structures exposed across the region that make good analogues for compressional belts elsewhere ……

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July News Update

Area of Interest for the “New Appraisal of the Western Approaches Basins” project.

It’s great to have been a part of the “New Appraisal of the Western Approaches Basins” project, which was completed for the UK 31st Offshore Licensing Round. Having started work on this in mid-2016, it’s rewarding to see the comprehensive project material that is now available for download from the Oil and Gas Authority website.…

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July News

Advanced Notice! … We’re pleased to announce an upcoming fieldtrip as part of the Geological Society of London, Petroleum Group conference on The Geology of Fractured Reservoirs. Since such a large proportion of the world’s oil and gas reserves are in fractured reservoirs, the conference promises to be highly relevant to the oil and gas…

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June News Update

Surveying stockpile volumes – using UAV and GNSS to ensure high resolution, high spatial precision, and low cost.

It’s amazing what you can get done in less than 45 minutes using a drone! The deployment of 10 of our low-cost, high-accuracy GNSS ground control units not only enables us to achieve spatial precision of 1-2 cm in X, Y, and Z, but also allows us to offer detailed, rapid surveys at a highly…

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June News

Earthquake damage to infrastructure.

Big Data from small sensors! We’ve just completed another successful ground monitoring campaign using our low-cost GNSS (GPS) units. The program, which provides post-earthquake monitoring of an urban area in the Mediterranean region, has now spanned many months of continuous, autonomous deployment – we have just re-visited all the sites after a gap of seven months…

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May News

Geological Opportunities and Risks in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq – a virtual fieldtrip through the petroleum system of the region.

Virtual outcrop geology – another nail in the coffin for real fieldwork? Or is it actually an opportunity for office-bound geologists to benefit from more field experience from around the globe? We gained an interesting insight to this question at Finding Petroleum’s Opportunities in the Middle East event at The Geological Society last week. As usual,…

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April News

Imaging karst in outcrop using terrestrial lidar

A couple of interesting conference presentations recently … Firstly, our work using low-cost GNSS technology and lidar to monitor ground motion related to gas storage was part of a multi-faceted project with Humbly Grove Energy, Geoenergy Durham, Geomatic Ventures Ltd, and Durham University, and was presented by Jon Gluyas at the UK Energy Storage 2018…

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