Stephen Thorpe

Stephen Thorpe

Geospatial data specialist and lead driller
BGS Keyworth

Stephen Thorpe’s Biography

  • 2008 – ongoing : Currently: Spatial data manager for a number of high profile 3D geological modelling projects (commercial and science budget funded). Active stakeholder engagement profile particularly in the sharing of data, the use of BGS data in the wider stakeholder environment and ensuring that knowledge of BGS data well-communicated to reduce risk and uncertainty. Understanding of most major 3D modelling software and GIS products.
  • 2008 – ongoing : Manager of BGS Onshore Shallow Drilling Facility
  • 2005 –2008 : Early career: worked with BGS datasets (e.g. boreholes, digital map data, 3D modelling software) and have a good depth of knowledge of the baseline data.
  • 1994 –1997 : BSc (Hons) Geography: University of Luton

Current projects and collaborations

  • 2005 – ongoing : Many 3D modelling projects aimed at decision-making, planning, resource estimation, water monitoring and/or general geological understanding for example the National Geological Model
  • 2017 –2018 : Cambridge University secondment
  • 2011 – ongoing : Co-manager of metadata approval team for all 3D geological model
  • 2014 – ongoing : Working towards outputting our model data using Minecraft and Lego BGS Geology with Minecraft


Key papers


  • 3D geological modelling
  • Data interrogation, manipulation, transformation and dissemination
  • Drilling fieldwork and managing a drilling program


  • Groundhog Desktop GSIS
  • GSI3D (Geological Surveying in 3D)
  • FME (Feature Manipulation Engine)
  • 2018 : HoleBase SI and Civils 3D
  • GoCad
  • 2018 : Leapfrog (general understanding and use)

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