Simon Harris

BGS Keyworth



Simon Harris’s Biography
2009Collections Photographer and Collections Management Adviser, Freelance
2006Collections Photographer, The National Trust
2006The University of Lincoln, PGDip Conservation of Historic Objects (Distinction)
1996The University of Birmingham, BEng (Hons) Materials Science and Technology

Research interests
Automated processing of bulk digital imagery
The use and utilisation of open source hardware and software in the museum environment
Automation of repetitive tasks (for example photography of many thousands of microscope slides) using off the shelf microcontroller driven hardware
Current projects and collaborations


Published outputs

Commissioned reports

Conservation of historic objects
Conservation treatment of geological material – pyrite oxidation, breaks and fractures, microclimates and repackaging
Photography, digital and analogue, with cameras ranging from 35mm to Large Format
Digital image processing using commercial and open source packages – Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, ImageMagick, GIMP
Collections management and databases
SQL database work – Microsoft Access, Oracle SQL, MySQL, PostgreSQL, InfluxDB and SQLite
2D and 3D mechanical design
Creation of 3D models of physical objects using varied techniques including laser scanning and photogrammetry.
Preparation and processing of 3D models in common formats (STL, OBJ, PLY) for additive manufacturing (‘3D printing’). Scan based design using Geomagic.
Specification and installation of radio frequency telemetric monitoring systems, and collection of data from them
Simple script or programme creation using DOS command shell, Bash shell, PHP or Python



Team awards
2015International Data Rescue Award in the Geosciences 2015 – GB3D Type Fossils Online project awarded first prize
Professional associations
Member of the Geological Curators Group
2017 – ongoing:Charity Trustee, Geological Curators' Group
Boards and commitees

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