Mr Patrick Bell

Mr Patrick Bell

Team Leader Information Systems

Location: Keyworth

Tel: 0115 936 3075

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  •  2013 : Team Leader of Information Systems
  •  2008 –2013 : Team Leader of Web Systems
  •  1996 –2008 : GIS and web systems specialist, British Geological Survey
  •  1993 –1996 : GIS developer, Forestry Commission
  •  1993 : MSc (Distinction), UCW Aberystwyth, Computer Science
  •  1992 : BSc (Hons) 1st class, UCW Aberystwyth, Geography

Current projects and collaboration

Research interests

  • Data services for mobile devices
  • Real-time data delivery
  • Scanned imagery and other digital asset delivery
  • Social media harvesting
  • Spatial data infrastructures
  • Spatial data web services and INSPIRE
  • Web mapping
  • Web-based collaborative working
  • Web-based information delivery services

Team awards

  •  2014 : AGI Award for Geospatial Excellence with Impact: UK Soil Observatory
  •  2013 : Esri UK Conference Best presentation
  •  2011 : AGI Innovation & Best Practice (Highly commended): iGeology
  •  2011 : ESRI International storytelling with maps - 1st place Community Favorite winner for Best Mobile App
  •  2011 : ESRI International storytelling with maps - 3rd place for Best Mobile App
  •  2011 : Esri UK Innovation in Central Government (Highly commended): iGeology
  •  2010 : Esri UK Innovation in Central Government (Highly commended): OpenGeoscience


  • Application development management
  • Project management
  • Server GIS development
  • Spatial data infrastructures
  • Web development

Published outputs

Key papers

POWELL, J, NASH, G, BELL, P. 2013. GeoExposures: documenting temporary geological exposures in Great Britain through a citizen-science web site. Proceedings of the Geologists' Association, Volume 124, Issue 4, June 2013, Pages 638–647 DOI information:

POWELL, J, NASH, G, BELL, P. 2011. Glimpses of the past. Geoscientist, 21 (11). 7.

SHELLEY, W, MARCHANT, A, BELL, P, WESTHEAD, K. 2011. BGS serves up data-to-go. Geoconnexion UK, Sept/Oct 2011. 70-71.

WESTHEAD, K, BELL, P, JORDAN, C, KINGDON, A. 2010. From watercolour to web. Earthwise, 26. 12-13.

ADLAM, K A M., BELL, P D, WILDMAN, G, LAXTON, J L, SMITH, N A, SKARPELI, S, TSAMOURAS, S. 2006. The development of a Geoinformation System for IGME. Proc. 21st Conference for ESRI Users, Athens, Greece. 

BELL, P D, CARELESS, J M, PEDLEY, R C, SMITH, N A, WOOD, B. 2003. A web-based spatial index to the data holdings of the Geological Survey of Ireland: technical documentation. BGS Commissioned Report CR/03/104.

MANKELOW, J M, HATTON, W H, HIGHLEY, D E, COLMAN, T B, PASSMORE, J H, BELL, P D. 2002. The application of mineral information management and delivery systems in the sustainable management of mineral resources. SCOTT, P W & BRISTOW, C M (eds) Industrial Minerals and Extractive Industry Geology. Geological Society, London.

BELL, P D, ADLAM, K A M, BURY, A, CANNELL, B, CARELESS, J M, PASSMORE, J H, PEDLEY, R C. 2000. BGS-geoIDS - An Analysis of ESRI's ArcIMS 3.0 and its suitability for implementing a web-based Geoscience Database Index. Technical Report IR/00/11

BELL, P D, PASSMORE, J H, RIDDICK, A T. 2000. The BGS intranet : delivering data to the geologists' desk : In: Earthwise No. 16 (2000) p. 28-29

REES, J G, BELL, P D, NEWSHAM, R. 1998. Modelling Holocene accommodation space and sediment storage within the Humber Estuary : British Geological Survey, Marine Report Series, Technical Report WB/98/052

QUINE, C P, MACKIE, A L, & BELL, P D. 1997. In the Woods with GPS. Mapping Awareness, 11(1), 28-32.

BELL, P D, QUINE, C P, & WRIGHT, J A. 1995. The Use of Digital Terrain Models to Calculate Windiness Scores for the Windthrow Hazard Classification. Scottish Forestry, 49(4), 217-225.