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Central Scotland Regional Group: Applications of geophysics in industry

23 January 2020
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Evening Meeting, Lecture
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Central Scotland Regional Group
University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
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Join the Central Scotland Regional Group for this presentation, which will look at advances in physics in the early stages of development that could be game-changing for ground investigation. It will explore the potential of new instruments based on quantum physics and cosmic rays to ‘de-risk’ the subsurface. This potential is best understood in the context of existing ground investigation options.

Geophysical techniques are amongst the tools that make up the full box available for ground investigation. Using them at the right time, in the right way, requires an understanding of the information they produce. 

In some ways, this information is the same as it has been for many years – after all (exciting new developments not withstanding) the physics hasn’t changed. In other ways, developments in conventional geophysical instruments and software have allowed improvements in the volume and quality of data that can be collected and interpreted.

The requirements of a ground investigation are best stated as a requirement to reduce risk of unforeseen ground conditions to an acceptable level. What an acceptable level is depends on the site, the project, and the client’s informed attitude to risk. As a result of some ground investigation effort (and cost), what do you know, and what do you still not know? The talk will explore existing and future ground investigation technologies by exploring these concepts.

Please arrive from 5.30pm for a 6.00pm start.


Professor George Tuckwell, Director of Geoscience and Engineering, RSK Group

George Tuckwell is Director of the Geoscience and Engineering Division of companies within the RSK Group. His main area of responsibility covers geophysics surveys within the Group, embracing the scope and design of surveys, data acquisition using available geophysical survey techniques, and data analysis using 2D and 3D imaging and interpretation. George has also contributed to the drafting of PAS128:2014 ‘Specification for underground utility detection, verification and location’, and drafted the geophysical section of BS5930:2015 ‘Code of practice for ground investigations’.

He holds the position of Honorary Professor in Engineering Geophysics in the Civil Engineering department at University of Birmingham, is a former Vice President of the Geological Society of London, and is a UK nominated expert to the United Nations Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organisation. George is a Chartered Geologist and Chartered Scientist.


Registration is not required for this event.


Room 5.09a, James Weir Building, Level 5
75 Montrose Street
University of Strathclyde
G1 1XJ


Please contact Sara Mehrabi via with any enquiries.