Fully trained & experienced personnel
Meet the team behind SAND Geophysics. Our team studied a variety of Earth Science and Engineering related degrees, with each member able to offer a unique set of skills and experiences to complement one another.
Studied Geophysics at the University of Southampton, before joining SAND in July 2017. Ben has gained experience in both nearshore mobilisation and field operations as well as onshore data processing with a variety of datasets including side-scan sonar, sub-bottom profiler and multi-channel seismic reflection. In the office, Ben takes a lead role in geophysical interpretation, producing both final deliverables and reports for the end client.
Studied Physics at the University of Delhi, India before moving to the University of Southampton, UK, where he completed MSc in Oceanography in 2006. He obtained a PhD in marine Geophysics from the University of Southampton in 2016, where he integrated marine electromagnetic (CSEM) and high-resolution seismic data for gas hydrate quantification within shallow marine Arctic sediments. Prior to his PhD, he gained a wide range of experience in acquisition, processing, managing & supporting seismic exploration projects in production and R&D roles at Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS). He worked in projects in the North Sea, West Africa and the Gulf of Mexico for various oil and gas clients including Total, Exxon, BP and Shell. Prior to joining SAND in May 2020, he worked as a Data Scientist and Catastrophe Risk Modeler in the financial industry, where he developed and applied models using machine learning and traditional methods for commercial insight and risk management.
Since studying at Newcastle University , Dave has had a long career in the Hydrographic, Geophysical and Oceanographic survey industry. Starting work with EGS in UK in 1987, he soon moved to the Hong Kong office and worked on inshore survey around South East Asia and equipment development. Key projects included pre-commencement survey works on Macau & Hong Kong Airport and prominent civil engineering projects across Asia.
He has considerable experience with marine sonar systems and developed new survey equipment including oceanographic and sonar systems notably high-resolution low voltage boomer and hydrophone seismic exploration systems.
Working more recently with Emu Ltd and Fugro, Dave developed UXO Clearance systems for the renewables sector based on magnetometer and ROTV ScanFish technology.
Originally studied History at the University of Southampton. Soon after finishing university, decided to pursue a career in accountancy, completing the AAT at Kaplan Financial Southampton. Enjoyed working in practice for several years, undertaking both accounts and audit work. Moved into industry to work as a management accountant, before setting up a small practice in 2011. Joined SAND in 2021 to look after the financial and administration side of the company.
Studied geology and applied geophysics at the University of Melbourne, Australia where she studied the application of land-based geophysical survey for energy resources exploration and deep-crustal modelling. Before joining SAND in 2019, Penda worked on environmental remediation projects, where she specialised in processing time-domain electromagnetic for land-based UXO survey. At SAND, Penda has gained experience in both field operations and data processing for marine UXO survey’s.
Thomas joined SAND in 2018, after studying MSCi Geophysics at the University of Southampton. Thomas specialises in computational methods within geophysics, working on research & development projects using Python programming for in-house software and machine learning applications. He has field experience in Geophysical marine UXO survey and processing, shallow water multi-channel seismic reflection and 3D Chirp survey operations. In addition to nearshore surveying, Thomas is involved in a wide range of office-based geophysical data processing and interpretation.