George has been working on geophysics and mapping research with Dr Nicole Metje from the School of Civil Engineering and her colleagues from the School of Physics and Astronomy of the University of Birmingham, most recently on the RSK-led £350,000 SIGMA research project, which is assessing the potential of commercial quantum-technology gravity meters. RSK is an industry supporter of the £80 million Birmingham Quantum Technology Hub project and promoted by the university as a key partner in the development of commercial applications for its blue-sky science.
A pull-up designed by the RSK communication services team was displayed at the event and captured Prince Andrew’s attention. George spoke in particular about RSK’s interest in new and improved ground investigation methods.
George says, “His Royal Highness was surprised with how little is known about the subsurface, for example, under London, and how difficult it is to map. We discussed the critical risk from unforeseen ground conditions to headlining infrastructure projects such as HS2, Crossrail and nuclear new builds. He was interested in how we formed our links with the university and also asked a lot of questions about how the work was funded and what needed to be done for the UK to get there first with commercial systems.”
The Duke of York was interested to hear more about RSK’s ground investigation work