Simon Buckley hails from the UK, and studied geomatics at Newcastle University, both as an undergraduate and postgraduate. After completing his PhD in coastal erosion monitoring in 2003, he stuck with the Newcastle theme and worked as a postdoc at the University of Newcastle, Australia, working with combining aerial laser scanning and photogrammetric terrain data. He joined the VOG group in January 2005, and has since been responsible for all things spatially related, principally the development of workflows for using geomatics methods in outcrop geology and the geosciences. Despite being a non-geologist, he has picked up enough knowledge from a host of excellent field geologists to occasionally go undercover. Simon’s broad research interest is improving the contribution and uptake of geomatics in geoscience applications, through developments in methods, workflows and visualisation. This has culminated in development of LIME, as a lightweight tool for interpretation and advanced graphical presentation of 3D environments, as well as novel data fusions for showcasing 3D geoscience data. In 2016, Simon was convenor of the 2nd Virtual Geoscience Conference, and is also International Editorial Board Coordinator of The Photogrammetric Record.
Nicole has a background in geoecology (specialising in remote sensing and GIS) and did her doctoral degree (Dr.rer.nat.) on hyperspectral remote sensing technologies and soil research at the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), Potsdam and Humboldt-University of Berlin (Germany). She joined the VOG group in June 2009, and is currently responsible for the design and configuration of the SAFARI database and the development of standards for outcrop nomenclature and modern depositional systems. Her main work at present includes extensive data upload to the SAFARI database and improvement of the SAFARIdb.com web pages. As SAFARI project coordinator, Nicole also acts as main contact for sponsors and database uses (general user support) and is responsible for the organisation of meetings and workshops.
Nicole considers herself as an interdisciplinary researcher, who has the ability to communicate her skills and expertise in different research fields, and collaborate with others of various scientific backgrounds. After work you will find her playing with her kids, choir singing and hiking in the great Norwegian landscape.
Tobias Kurz graduated in Geology at the Freiberg University of Mining and Technology (Freiberg, Germany), with specialization in structural geology and remote sensing. During his diploma he evaluated deformation structures and oblique rifting in the Main Ethiopian Rift. After a short period as teaching assistant for statistics and remote sensing he moved to Bergen and started a PhD position in the VOG group in 2006. His PhD project was on combining close range hyperspectral and terrestrial lidar scanning for geological outcrop analysis, and was defended in January 2011. His research interests include spectral analysis, image processing, photogrammetry, virtual outcrop modelling and reservoir geology. After work you will find him enjoying the great Norwegian outdoors, through sea kayaking, cycling, hiking and skiing, or relaxing at a nice jazz concert.
Kari studied computer science at the University of Bergen, and completed her MSc degree specialised in visualisation in 2012. After finishing her studies she worked as a summer student at CMR in Bergen. She joined the VOG group in January 2013 as a 3D programmer and works on the SAFARI project, developing a web-based viewer for outcrop data, as well as the LIME geoscience visualisation software. Before entering computer studies Kari studied art and design in Bergen. She has also been studying photography and worked in the photography business for several years.
Kari is from Voss, a small town with long skiing traditions, and she loves to ski and snowboard. She also enjoys good food, travelling and spending time in nature.
Benjamin is our resident expert on terrestrial lidar and photogrammetric data collection and processing, as well as GIS and data management. He joined the VOG group in 2014 after graduating with a BSc degree in geomatics at Newcastle University, UK. Benjamin works primarily on the SAFARI project, responsible for collecting and processing outcrop data into virtual outcrop models. Since he started Benjamin has also worked on his interests connected with improving the workflow used for processing outcrop models, combining laser scanning and SfM data and evaluating new software. He is also registered as the accountable manager for Uni Research as an RPAS operator in Norway. Although Benjamin is originally from Tønsberg, he mostly enjoys living in Bergen. His hobbies are running, cycling, skiing and travelling, which includes fieldwork in remote areas (Utah, South Africa, Mexico, among others) as a nice variation from the office-based processing.
Bowei considers himself to be a born software developer and traveller, with a main interest in modern software development and system integration. He gained an MSc in Computer Engineering at Narvik University College, and a BSc in Chemical Engineering at Beijing University of Chemical Technology. Bowei decided to specialise himself as a software engineer after working for more than six years as a chemical engineer, and started his career as a software developer in 2005. He focuses on 3D visualisation, image processing, computer vision, machine learning-based object detection and backend data handling. Before joining the group at the end of 2017, he worked as a senior developer at Roxar Software Solutions for 5 years, and as a senior software design engineer at Scantrol AS for 6 years. Offline he enjoys travelling and has visited many countries in east Asia and northern Europe.