Here at GroundMetrics, we have a problem. We have a lot of people interested in our work and not enough ways to share what’s going on at the company. We write scientific papers about our research work, but they can be a bit dry and too specific to give people a clear overview. We put out press releases about the business side of our company, but those don’t tell people much about what happens in our lab and out in the field. We still get the question: Who are you and what do you guys actually do? So we launched this blog to help answer that question and solve that problem.

Early NSF prototype deployed in the field.

Early NSF prototype deployed in the field.

GroundMetrics was founded for a great reason – potential customers kept telling us they wanted to hire us. While working on some US military applications in 2001, we developed specialty technology for ground sensing. We later refined it under funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) in a design project to produce a prototype optimized for geosciences work. Basically, we wanted to build something that could take an electromagnetic picture of geology. We had a lot of interest in our work’s potential application to resource exploration and extraction monitoring, and we arranged to work with a world renowned expert in the field of electromagnetic for geophysical science applications, Dr. Frank Morrison of UC Berkeley, to do a feasibility test.

The results of this 2011 test were positive; what we wanted to do was feasible. In fact, even we were surprised by how well our initial prototypes worked. Our system successfully mapped the electromagnetic properties of the subsurface, providing data that’s extremely valuable to geologists, geophysicists, and resource managers. There were the usual operational challenges and glitches that come with testing a rough prototype but the basic science was sound and the conclusion was that, yes, it worked.

A lot has happened since then – we’ve made technical leaps and bounds and built some cool new equipment (you can see it below). Our team quadrupled in 2014 and we moved into a great office/lab space in our native San Diego. We now work with the Department of Energy and blue chip companies like BP and Statoil. One thing hasn’t changed, though – we’re still advancing and growing at a furious rate. We hope you’ll keep up with us here!

Please get in touch if you have any questions or comments. (Contact: Gayle Guy, gguy@groundmetrics.com). We’re always happy to hear from you.

Our sensors in 2011 and the latest 2015 Eos™ model.

Our sensors in 2011 and the latest 2015 Eos™ model.