News Archive

July News

12th July 2018

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

June News Update

29th June 2018

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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Earthquake damage to infrastructure.

June News

20th June 2018

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

May News

29th May 2018

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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Imaging karst in outcrop using terrestrial lidar

April News

20th April 2018

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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Zagros Virtual Field Trip

March News Update

15th March 2018

As we reported a week or so ago, for the 2018 Janet Watson conference we gave presentations on both accessing knowledge in geoscience text using Natural Language Processing, and our recent work on virtual fieldtrips, in which we took the audience on a quick tour through some classic Zagros and Zechstein outcrop geology. There were…

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Machine-generated ontology for structural geology

March News

6th March 2018

Image (above): Machine-generated ontology for structural geology. Big Data, Analytics, Machine Learning, Deep Learning … the hype is everywhere! Yes, these ‘disruptive technologies’ (more hype) are already changing our world. And yes, they do have enormous potential to derive new insight from vast volumes of data. But the hype-ometer is already off the scale, and…

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Fieldwork on Shaikan, Kurdistan Region of Iraq

February News

14th February 2018

It’s shaping-up to be a very fracture-filled start to the year! Following the successful release of our upgraded multi-client “Regional Appraisal of Fractured Reservoirs in Kurdistan & NE Iraq” study in the Autumn, we’re now busy with early season fieldwork (including more fracture data acquisition using UAVs). A couple of weeks ago we sponsored Finding…

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Recording fracture measurements using an early digital field mapping system in 2003, with hand-held GPS connected to a PDA.

January News

12th January 2018

Back in the final year or so of the last century, a group of us were field-mapping in a complex transpression zone (see here, here and here), on a fantastic coastal section, well above high water mark (dry feet, baking Scottish sunshine … glorious!). During a lull in the proceedings Ken McCaffrey produced from his…

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