Mr Philip Meldrum

Mr Philip Meldrum Senior Research Engineer

Location: Keyworth

Tel: 0115 936 3374

E-mail Mr Philip Meldrum


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

Current projects and collaboration

  •  Principal Investigator: ‘Assessment of Landslides using Acoustic Real-time Monitoring Systems (ALARMS): Sensor Technical Development’. EPSRC grant EP/I50205X/1 Project partners: Loughborough University, Geotechnical observations Ltd.
  •  Project Leader: ‘SENSORnet: Development and application of wireless senor technologies’. BGS, NERC.
  •  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.
  •  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: ‘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.


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

Professional association

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

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
  •  Geohazards: landslide investigation and monitoring
  •  Wireless Sensor Networks: Application to temporal monitoring of ground processes

Key papers

Dixon, N., Spriggs, M.P., Meldrum P. & Haslam, E. (2012). Field trial of an acoustic emission early warning system for slope instability. Proceedings of the 11th International and 2nd North American Symposium on Landslides and Engineered Slopes. Landslides and Engineered Slopes: Protecting Society through Improved Understanding. Editors, Eberhardt, E., Froese, C., Turner, A.K. & Leroueil, CRC Press, 2, 1399-1404.

Wilkinson, Paul B.; Loke, Meng Heng; Meldrum, Philip I.; Chambers, Jonathan E.; Kuras, Oliver; Gunn, David A.; Ogilvy, Richard D.. 2012 Practical aspects of applied optimised survey design for electrical resistivity tomography. Geophysical Journal International, 189 (1). 428-440. 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2012.05372.x

Wilkinson, Paul; Chambers, Jonathan; Kuras, Oliver; Meldrum, Philip; Gunn, David. 2011 Long-term time-lapse geoelectrical monitoring. First Break, 29. 77-84.

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

Wilkinson, Paul B.; Chambers, Jonathan E.; Meldrum, Philip I.; Gunn, David A.; Ogilvy, Richard D.; Kuras, Oliver. 2010 Predicting the movements of permanently installed electrodes on an active landslide using time-lapse geoelectrical resistivity data only. Geophysical Journal International, 183 (2). 543-556. 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2010.04760.x

Wilkinson, Paul; Meldrum, Philip; Chambers, Jonathan; Kuras, Oliver; Ogilvy, Richard. 2006 Improved strategies for the automatic selection of optimized sets of Electrical Resistivity Tomography measurement configurations.Geophysical Journal International, 167. 1119-1126. 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2006.03196.x