Mr Philip Meldrum

Senior Research Engineer

Location: Keyworth

Tel: 0115 936 3374

E-mail Mr Philip Meldrum


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

Current projects and collaboration

  • Tecnical lead: ‘Proactive infrastructure monitoring and evaluation (PRIME): Development and application of a new low cost, high accuracy electrical resistivity tomography system for remotely monitoring the internal condition of geotechnical infrastructure assets’. RCUK, Innovate UK.
  • Project Leader: ‘SENSORnet: Development and application of wireless senor technologies’including downstream management and visualisation of real-time data. BGS, NERC. SENSORnet
  • Collaboration with Prof. Neil Dixon, Dept. Civil Engineering, Loughborough University into the Assessment of Landslides using Acoustic Real-time Monitoring Systems ALARMS

Research interests

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


  • Development of Near surface geoelectrical methods (PRIME, SENSORnet, ALERT, ALARMS, CRI, PERMACRI.)
  • R&D Instrumentation & sensor networks applied to remote environmental monitoring, including downstream management of data SENSORnet

Professional association

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

Published outputs

Key papers

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

Geoelectrical monitoring of simulated subsurface leakage to support high-hazard nuclear decommissioning at the Sellafield Site, UK. O Kuras, PB Wilkinson, PI Meldrum, LS Oxby, S Uhlemann, JE Chambers. Science of the Total Environment 566, 350-359

Dixon N, Smith A, Spriggs MP, Ridley A, Meldrum P and Haslam E (2015) Stability monitoring of a rail slope using acoustic emission. Geotechnical Engineering 168 (5), 373-384

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

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.

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