Mr Philip Meldrum

Mr Philip Meldrum

Research Engineer

Location: Keyworth

Tel: 0115 936 3374

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  •  1988 – ongoing : Geophysical tomography team, Geoscience Technologies group, British Geological Survey
  •  1987 : BEng (Hons), Nottingham Trent Polytechnic, Electronic and Electrical Engineering


  • Near surface geoelectrical methods
  • Field instrumentation & sensor network development for near-real-time remote environmental monitoring

Research interests

  • Development and application of electrical imaging methods: Electrical Resistivity Tomography (ERT); Self-Potential tomography (SPT); Induced Polarisation tomography (IPT)
  • Temporal monitoring: non-invasive 4D imaging of contaminant transport, saline intrusion in coastal aquifers, and unsaturated (vadose) zone processes
  • Wireless Sensor Networks: Application to temporal monitoring of ground processes
  • Geohazards: landslide investigation and monitoring

Current projects and collaboration

  • Principal Engineer: ‘Investigation and Monitoring of Aggregate Deposits Using Geo-Electrical Resistivity Imaging (IMAGER)’. Defra - Mineral Industry Sustainable Technology Programme Grant MA/7/G/1/007. Project partners: Tarmac, Hanson, Cemex, Lafarge, Aggregate Industries, MIRO.
  • EO-MINERS. Earth Observation for Monitoring and Observing Environmental and Societal Impacts of Mineral Resources Exploration and Exploitation, European Commission 7th Framework Programme.
  • Principal Engineer: ‘Automated time lapse electrical resistivity tomography for monitoring embankments (ALERT-ME)’. East Midlands Development Agency (EMDA) demonstration grant. Project partners: Network Rail, London Underground, British Waterways, Great Central Railway (Nottingham), G. Underwood Ltd.
  • Project Leader: ‘SENSORnet: Development and application of wireless senor technologies’. BGS, NERC.
  • Collaboration with Prof. Neil Dixon, Dept. Civil Engineering, Loughborough University into the Assessment of Landslides using Acoustic Real-time Monitoring Systems (ALARMS)

Professional association

  •  1996 – ongoing : European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE), Member

Published outputs

Key papers

Long-term Geoelectrical Monitoring to Support Nuclear Decommissioning at the Sellafield Site, UK. 2014. O Kuras, PB Wilkinson, PI Meldrum, LS Oxby, SS Uhlemann. Near Surface Geoscience 2014-20th European Meeting of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics

4D electrical resistivity tomography monitoring of soil moisture dynamics in an operational railway embankment. 2014. JE Chambers, DA Gunn, PB Wilkinson, PI Meldrum, E Haslam. Near Surface Geophysics 12 (1), 61-72

Geophysical-geotechnical sensor networks for landslide monitoring. 2011. Chambers, Jonathan; Meldrum, Philip; Gunn, David; Wilkinson, Paul; Merritt, Andrew; Murphy, William; West, Jared; Kuras, Oliver; Haslam, Edward; Hobbs, Peter; Pennington, Catherine; Munro, Chris. In: 2nd World Landslide Forum, Rome, Italy, 3-9 Oct 2011.

High-resolution electrical resistivity tomography monitoring of a tracer test in a confined aquifer. 2010. PB Wilkinson, PI Meldrum, O Kuras, JE Chambers, SJ Holyoake. Journal of Applied Geophysics 70 (4), 268-276

Automated monitoring of coastal aquifers with electrical resistivity tomography. 2009. RD Ogilvy, PI Meldrum, O Kuras, PB Wilkinson, JE Chambers, M Sen. Near Surface Geophysics 7 (5-6), 367-375

Acoustic emission monitoring of a soil slope: Comparisons with continuous deformation measurements. 2014. A Smith, N Dixon, P Meldrum, E Haslam, J Chambers. Géotechnique Letters 4 (October-December), 255-261