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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: 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.

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:
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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: 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: 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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Planning afoot…

Part of this business entails constantly seeking future opportunities in which to practise remote area science & engineering. Projects take time to evolve but currently, the following projects are being progressed: GPR assessment of Mt Everest North Face, Radioglaciological assessment of the Bonar Glacier, NZ; a revisiting of a previous study site, Greenland man hauling traverse incorporating ice-cap geophysical
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Subsurface exploration – Naracoorte, South Australia

We recently had the opportunity to work with the South Australian Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resource (DEWNR) to determination the location and extent of caves and voids within the Naracoorte Caves system. We’re still analysing the data and providing feedback to DEWNR but this initial foray could provide a terrific foundation for ongoing subterranean survey research within the greater Naracoor
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What’s cooking…

Things have been a bit quiet on the adventure front recently, but with the university semester now safely underway, it’s time to consider future remote-area data gathering opportunities. Future possibilities include: A return to the Bonar Glacier in NZ with revised GPR equipment to nail-down ice thickness, Reassessment of the Outer Edge Polar Challenge: what is the vehicle and sponsorship state and over what ti
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