Mr Simon Flower

Mr Simon Flower

Skills Leader ISI

Location: Edinburgh

Tel: 0131 6500 238

E-mail Mr Simon Flower


  •  2009 : Skills leader
  •  2003 –2009 : Head of engineering for geomagnetism and seismology
  •  2000 –2009 : Senior manager for BGS geophysical data
  •  1990 –2003 : Engineer for geomagnetism and seismology
  •  1988 –1990 : Commercial research into autonomous mobile robots
  •  1986 –1988 : Support programmer for NERC computer service
  •  1982 –1986 : BSc in Electronic Physics, London University

Boards and committees


  • Computer infrastructure design
  • Geomagnetic operations
  • Information management
  • Management of international collaborations
  • People and change management
  • Real-time software development

Professional association

  • Chartered Engineer
  • Chartered Information Technology Practitioner
  • Member of the British Computer Society

Research interests

  • Human interface design
  • Remote sensing
  • Resilient systems
  • Web based data collection and delivery


  •  2003 : Chartered Engineer

Current projects and collaboration

  • Career management and deployment to projects of IT staff
  • Installation of a geomagnetic observatory on South Georgia (with British Antarctic Survey)
  • Upgrade of INTERMAGNET’s data dissemination infrastructure

Key papers

V. LESUR, T. CLARK, C. TURBITT AND S. FLOWER. A technique for estimating the vector magnetic field from a marine vessel. Journal of Geophysics and Engineering, volume 1, issue 2, pages 109 – 115

S M FLOWER.Setting standards for global exchange of real-time data. Poster presentation at NERC Data Management Workshop, 2008

A M O'€™MONGAIN, B J BAPTIE, D C BOOTH, S M FLOWER, G D FORD, DD GALLOWAY, L OTTEMÖLLER, B A SIMPSON. Seismic activity in the region of Tristan da Cunha, October 2004 – February 2005 British Geological Survey COMMISSIONED REPORT CR/05/032

JOHN C. RIDDICK, JEAN L RASSON, CHRIS. W. TURBITT, SIMON M. FLOWER. INDIGO Digital Observatory Project, 2004 – 2008. Proceedings of the XIIIth Observatory Workshop, Golden, June 2008

CW TURBITT, SM FLOWER, JC RIDDICK. The United Kingdom geomagnetic observatory network – disseminating one-second data in near real-time. Poster presentation at the 23rd General Assembly of the Internation Union of Geophysics and Geodesy, 2003

S REAY, CW TURBITT, SM FLOWER, JC RIDDICK, E CLARKE. Results from the BGS south atlantic observatories: Ascension Island and the Falkland Islands. Poster presentation at the 23rd General Assembly of the Internation Union of Geophysics and Geodesy, 2003.