Ian James

Consulting Geophysicist

I am a consulting geophysicist @ terraspect.com

I am currently working as a consultant geophysicist at Terraspect which operates out of offices in Perth, Australia. We supply cutting edge geophysical services to the geotechnical engineering, mining and oil & gas industries. In my spare time I have a gamut of interests, from sport to gardening.

Personal Information

+61 (0)488 497 117


2012 - now

Consulting Geophysicist @ Terraspect

from 2012 to present

Owner of an innovative geophysical consultancy

As a consulting geophysicist I have been employed in the Oil and Gas, Geotechnical, Environmental and Mining Industries. I have experience in Project Design, Project Management, Acquisition, Quality Control, Processing and Interpretation in a diverse range of techniques. I am experienced in using a wide selection of geophysical software packages and programming.

Terraspect provides solutions primarily to the seismic industry and I have been involved in projects for a range of clients, including:
Terrex, Hiseis, Chevron, Woodside, Santos, Senex, Drillsearch, Buru, Origin and Hess.

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2012 - 2014

Consulting Geophysicist @ ASST Pty Ltd

from 2012 to present

Geophysical consulting to a variety of industries

As a founding member of ASST Pty Ltd I helped steer the company to its current position as a highly regarded geophysical consultancy and contractor. I consulted over a variety of geophysical disciplines, with a focus on seismic. ASST now has offices in three countries and works with a wide variety of companies over 5 continents.

2008 - 2012

Geophysicist @ GroundProbe / Geoforce

2008 to 2012

Key geophysicist in expanding company

As a valued member of Geoforce; later bought out by GroundProbe, I was involved in acquiring geophysical data as well as processing, interpreting and reporting. I gained experience in a broad range of techniques including GPR, ERI, seismic reflection, refraction, MASW, ReMi and EM.

2004 - 2008

Various @ Various

from 2004 to 2008

Unskilled employment to fund study

In order to fund my eductaion I worked in several companies, working as a stockist, retail assistant and telemarketer.


2008 - now

Continued professional Development

from 2008 to present

Variety of short courses

  • Geosoft Oasis Montaj: 1 day training course
  • Profile Analyst: 1 day training course
  • 2010
  • Introduction to Positioning and Survey
  • 2011
  • The Art and Science of Scientific Writing
  • Programming in VBA, Microsoft Excel 2003
  • Seismic Acquisition from yesterday to Tomorrow
  • MASW: 1 day training course
  • Advanced Surface Wave (MASW) Methods
  • 2012
  • Geomole BHR: 1 week training course
  • Environmental Geophysics: Everything you ever wanted (needed!) to know but were afraid to ask
  • 2013
  • Seismic for Gold and Base Metals
  • Musgrave Province Seismic and MT workshop
  • Geosoft VoXI workshop
  • Youanmi and Southern Carnarvon Seismic and Magnetotelluric (MT) workshop
  • Advanced Land Seismic Processing: 4 day course using GLOBE Claritas
  • Seismic Processing for interpreters: 5 day seismic processing course
  • 2014
  • Geophysical Inversion Workshop
  • Magnetotellurics Short Course - Introduction
  • Magnetotellurics Short Course - Practical Data Analysis

2008 - now

Industry specific certificates

from 2008 to present

Variety of short courses

  • Apply First Aid: Valid to September 2014
  • IFAP: PMAOHS215B - Apply offshore facility abandonment and sea survival procedures and practices: 27/07/2010
  • All Terrain Vehicle Rider Awareness Course: 07/11/2008
  • Familiarisation course in the use of Portable Fire Fighting Equipment: 31/05/2010
  • Mine Workers Health Surveillance (HSN: 460136): Valid to 12/10/2017
  • Construction Safety Awareness (Card No. 285902): 19/10/2009
  • Occupational Health and Safety Construction Induction (Card No. 587546): 09/10/2012
  • RIIVEH201B (4WD course): 01/02/2013
  • RIIVEH305A (4WD course): 11/01/2013
  • Electrical Workers Permit (Ground Geophysics: ASST Pty Ltd): Valid to 26/10/2015
  • PMASUP236B (4WD course - Santos: Operate vehicles in the field): Vslid to 02/07/2018
  • Inducted at BHPIO / Rio Tinto / FMG / Santos / Golder / Origin / Senex etc. etc.

2005 - 2008

University of Southampton

from 2005 to 2008

BSc (Hons) Geophysics

Involved in analysing geophysical data and studying oil and mineral exploration. One month’s fieldwork experience, conducting geological mapping and geophysical surveying. My honours thesis was based on geological mapping using Bathymetry in the Sound of Harris, Outer Hebrides.


Geophysical Techniques
Seismic refraction Seismic reflection Downhole Seismic MASW ReMi ERI GPR Shallow EM DHEM MLEM Borehole Radar Magnetics Gravity
GLOBE Claritas Tomo+ OMNI3D Oasis Montaj Profile Analyst GOCAD Map Info Res3Dinv SeisImager SeisOpt Pro / ReMi SurfSeis Reflex Maxwell
Operating Systems
Linux Windows OSX


I am actively involved in several industry groups and regularly attend talks and meetings in Perth.

I am currently the Near - Surface technical chair for ASEG - PESA 2015 that will be held in Perth.

I am a member of:
2009 - Present
Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists (ASEG)
2009 - Present
Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG)
2010 - Present
American Geophysical Union (AGU)
2013 - Present
Australian Institute of Geoscientists (AIG)
2013 - Present
Australian Geomechanics Society (AGS)


References Availible on request.


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