Big Data in the Geosciences: a primer for the new digital frontier
  • Lecture Theatre 2, Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth

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The rise of ‘Big Data’ has been characterised by a rapidly increasing availability and diversity of data that can potentially play a crucial role in environmental decision-making in the mining, construction and energy industries. The geoscience sector has been slower than others to embrace the digitalisation revolution but nevertheless the increasing application of innovative data analytical methods and artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies to large geochemical, geotechnical and environmental datasets is promising to re-shape data acquisition and interpretation across the geo-environmental sciences. 

So what exactly is ‘big data’ and how might the new geo-data science unlock exciting new opportunities for the Geoscience sector in the South West?

This evening event will be provide an introduction to the new digital frontier, bringing together the University of Plymouth’s Big Data research group and the Sustainable Earth Institute’s Impact Lab, an European-funded initiative on ‘Environmental Futures and Big data’ to support eligible SME’s and external research partners in the Devon region. Technical overviews of the new digitalisation in the geosciences will be provided by two distinguished external speakers from Shell and Atkins.

Gabriel Guerra, General Manager Exploration Digitalisation, Shell

A geologist heading up Shell’s exploration portfolio in Kazakhstan, Gabriel is also running their development programme to applying digitalisation to improving efficiency, of data management, interpretation and other parts of hydrocarbon exploration discovery and production.

Dr Anne Kemp, Director and Fellow (BIM Strategy and Development), Atkins

Anne has been working in the infrastructure industry for 25 years, delivering information to where it is needed for informed and intelligent decision making. She has been with Atkins for 19 years, where she first introduced GIS to the business, and has acted as advisor to a wide range of projects, ranging from contaminated land to large data management projects. As well as being Director and Fellow at Atkins with responsibility for BIM Strategy and Implementation, Anne is currently Chair of the UK BIM Alliance.


17:30 - Arrival and networking
18:00 - Doors open
19:30-20:00 - Networking and refreshments

This event is part of the GeoCareers Fair 2019. It has been supported by the Environmental Futures and Big Data Impact Lab project, a £6.4m part-funded ERDF project delivered by the Universities of Exeter and Plymouth with the Met Office, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, Rothamsted Research, Plymouth College of Art and Exeter City Futures.

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