Antarctic marine engineering team
The Antarctic Marine Engineering Team is responsible for providing engineering support and expertise in the design, development, manufacture and support of equipment used to conduct BAS research. Disciplines include electronic, mechanical, software and communications engineering.
The team’s main function is to develop systems for science data acquisition purposes. The requirements of these systems are often quite diverse and usually unique in their design. Much of the equipment is specially developed and is application specific. However, the group has developed equipment that has applications in other areas and where practical this technology has been utilised on other programmes.
The group provides support during many science programmes and has key responsibilities for marine science cruises and airborne survey work. Coupled with this is a requirement to provide engineering support in areas such as communications and systems monitoring.
The team has a very wide remit at BAS and is dedicated to providing a high quality engineering service to its users, whilst maintaining quality, flexibility and efficiency.
Head of Science Engineering
Head of Airborne Survey Technology
Head of AME Mechanical Engineering
Drilling Engineer/Marine Tech
Head of Electronics Services
Ice Core Drilling Engineer
History of Larsen C Ice Shelf reconstructed from sub-ice shelf and offshore sediments.
DEEPER: The Drill for Extensive Exploration of Planetary Environments Using Robots
15 April, 2021 by Julius RixLanded missions which seek to explore ever-greater depths beneath planetary subsurfaces must manage the risks associated with this challenging task. When developing the most appropriate mission architecture, the designer must…
Antarctic Deep Field Deployments and Design of the Icefin ROV.
9 April, 2021 by Paul AnkerIcefin is a custom designed remotely or autonomously operated vehicle (ROV/AUV) for sub-ice deployments in polar environments with a primary focus on modularity for deploying multiple payloads throughout a season…
Breaking all the rules: The first recorded hard substrate sessile benthic community far beneath an Antarctic ice shelf
Harnessing Erebus volcano’s thermal energy to power year-round monitoring
1 February, 2021 by Michael RoseYear-round monitoring of Erebus volcano (Ross Island) has proved challenging due to the difficulties of maintaining continuous power for scientific instruments, especially through the Antarctic winter. We sought a potential…
Non-contact measurement system for hot water drilled ice boreholes
The BEAMISH hot water drill system and its use on the Rutford Ice Stream, Antarctica
A new percussion hammer mechanism for a borehole deployable subglacial sediment corer
Ice stream subglacial access for ice sheet history and fast ice flow: The BEAMISH Project on Rutford Ice Stream, West Antarctica and initial results on basal conditions
A low resource subglacial bedrock sampler: The percussive rapid access isotope drill (P-RAID)
Interhemispheric comparisons of large nighttime magnetic perturbation events relevant to GICs
Towards Bedmap Himalayas: development of an airborne ice-sounding radar for glacier thickness surveys in High-Mountain Asia
Design and construction of a bespoke system for the detection of buried, iron-rich meteorites in Antarctica.
1 February, 2020 by Michael RoseIron-rich meteorites are significantly underrepresented in collection statistics from Antarctica. This has led to a hypothesis that there is a sparse layer of iron-rich meteorites hidden below the surface of…
The Iceland Greenland Seas Project
Development of the British Antarctic Survey Rapid Access Isotope Drill
Diurnal cycle of coastal anthropogenic pollutant transport over southern West Africa during the DACCIWA campaign
14 January, 2019 by Russell LadkinDuring the monsoon season, pollutants emitted by large coastal cities and biomass burning plumes originating from Central Africa have complex transport pathways over Southern West Africa (SWA). The Dynamics–Aerosol–Chemistry–Cloud–Interactions in…