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Remote Area Science & Engineering

Remote Area Science & Engineering was established in 2013 to facilitate the acquisition of scientific and engineering data from remote areas of the world. There are remote-area logistics providers and there are remote-area scientists, but Remote Area Science & Engineering combines these facilities to both plan and prosecute your remote-area data gathering.

  • Who

    Adrian McCallum is the owner of Remote Area Science & Engineering. With his extensive networks he will solve your remote area problems.
  • Contact

    Contact us for your remote data gathering needs: icysolns@gmail.com or leave a message in the box below.
  • ABN

    ABN: 65 256 795 826
  • What

    We have experience in the acquisition of geotechnical, geophysical, oceanographical and meteorological information from around the globe.
  • Disciplines

    Geohazards Geophysics Geotechnics Glaciology Meteorology Oceanography
  • Where

    We have experience operating from the Arctic to Antarctica, the high mountain ranges of the world, offshore and many places in-between.
  • Locations

    Africa Antarctica Arctic Ocean Australia Greenland Himalaya New Zealand Papua Patagonia Svalbard
  • When

    With over twenty years experience in remote area project management we look forward to providing your remote area data gathering solutions today.

2018…

Well, it’s been one of those years; I’m often reminded by my family that I’ve spent more time away over the last 10 months than at home… Unfortunately that’s resulted in limited updates, but here’s a brief appraisal of what we’ve been up to: Nepal – Nov/Dec 2017 This four week period commenced with two weeks supporting engineering students who were working with https://
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Science as diplomacy…

I’ve just published an article on The Conversation re. the ongoing use of science for diplomacy in Antarctica: https://theconversation.com/as-china-flexes-its-muscles-in-antarctica-science-is-the-best-diplomatic-tool-on-the-frozen-continent-86059 See what you think…
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Nepal bound…

We’re off to Nepal within the week, firstly to look at earthquake-resistant foundations in the greater Kathmandu Valley; then, I’m off to the Annapurna Sanctuary to investigate the stationing of a home-made slope stability radar to monitor ice falls off Hiunchuli. Watch this space for updates upon our return…  
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Assessing mass balance with the cone penetration test

Paper published today on the potential for using the ConePenetration Test (CPT) to efficiently assess the mass balance of glaciers and ice sheets. See: https://doi.org/10.1017/jog.2017.11
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Seriously cool sampling…

In January, after the balmy climes of Fiji, we headed back to the hills, this time to the Doubtful Range to assess sediment extraction from a remote alpine lake. New Zealand had had some severely wet weather across January, with significant land slips across the country, so access via the slip-ridden track was wet, slow and tedious, with numerous ‘sketchy’ river crossings en route. Nevertheless, after thr
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Sun, sand and sediment

In December we took a breather from cold weather operations and travelled to Fiji. Our role here was to obtain sediment samples from the bottom of a series of sand islands, in order to estimate the date of island formation (700 to 800 years ago). The islands were approximately 1 to 10 km off shore and we accessed them by either using a boat hired from the local village, or by stomping in across mud flats / estuaries,
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Cone Penetration Testing (CPT) in Polar Regions

Recent events have recrystallised the benefits that CPT may bring for infrastructure site assessment in the Polar Regions. Earlier this year we investigated the potential for snow road assessment with BAS, for the impending move of their Halley VI station. Assessing snow strength and detecting the existence of weak layers to depth (~10 m) is a crucial function that can readily be accomplished using CPT. Ultimately, l
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UAV-mounted SDR GPR

Colleague John Fitter continues to make great progress in implementing a software defined ground penetrating radar (SDGPR). He’s hitting plenty of hurdles along the way but he’s developing a great understanding of the process. We’ve got a preliminary paper due out soon (see: http://www.isc5.com.au) and we’ll be publishing more of John’s work shortly. Please keep tabs on this work. If suc
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Naracoorte Caves update

In January we successfully conducted a geophysical assessment of Naracoorte Caves, see: http://www.environment.sa.gov.au/naracoorte/Home. This was to assist in the design of additional infrastructure to allow increased access to the site. Since that time we’ve been providing Park administrators with pertinent GPR information, obtained during that survey. The managers of Naracoorte Caves will shortly be promulga
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