Daniel Boddice

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PhD projects

Use of geophysical technologies to find and monitor underground infrastructure and solve industry led challenges and scenarios

Development of methodologies and techniques for the collection, processing and interpretation of geophysical data including automation, data fusion and inversion.

Linkages between geotechnical and geophysical properties in the soil


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Ph.D. Civil Engineering 

University of Birmingham


Thesis title: “Changing Geophysical Contrast between Archaeological Features and Surrounding Soil”

Supervisors: Prof. Nicole Metje & Prof. David Chapman


M.Sc. Archaeological Prospection

University of Bradford


Grade: Distinction


B.A. (hons) Ancient History and Archaeology

University of Liverpool


Grade: 2.i

Research interests

Dan's current research centres around the field testing of gravity gradiometer instruments based on quantum technology and the development of methodologies and techniques for the collection, processing and interpretation of the acquired data for a variety of different subsurface targets in order to help industry bring the new technology to the marketplace.  The research is strongly cross-disciplinary and involves working closely with colleagues in the School of Physics and Astronomy, who are developing these instruments. 

Dan also have a strong interest in the interpretation of the subsurface as well as linkages between geophysical measurements and underlying soil conditions, and improvement and development of other geophysical techniques as shown during his PhD.


Having graduated in 2007 with a BA degree from the University of Liverpool in Ancient History and Archaeology, Dan quickly became excited by the possibility to find and investigate things underground without the need to dig them up and made the transition to studying an MSc in Archaeological Prospection at the University of Bradford and graduating with a distinction in 2010. 

With a new found knowledge and interest in the physics behind the geohphysical techniques, this led Dan to pursue his PhD on the DART (Detection of Archaeological residues using remote sensing techniques), examining the relationship between the properties of the soil and the seasonality of the geophysical response of archaeogical ditches.

Always looking to pursue his interest in improving existing methods and developing new techniques for investigating underground, Dan was appointed as a Postdoctoral researcher on the GG-TOP project working on making quantum technology gravity gradiometer instruments a commerical reality and has led to a number of follow on projects in this area (SIGMA, SIGMA+, REVEAL, Gravity Pioneer) on which he continues to work to this day.

Dan was selected as a trainee on the third training cycle of surrogate on site inspectors for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban treaty Organisation (CTBTO) where he puts his wide knowledge of geophysical techniques to good use in helping the organisation to prepare to verfify compliance with the treaty upon entry into force.  Dan was also recently selected as a trainer to help prepare future generations of on site inspectors.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor of Arts, Ancient History and Archaeology, University of Liverpool

1 Sept 20041 Jul 2007

Award Date: 1 Jul 2007

Master of Science, Archaeological Prospection, University of Bradford

1 Sept 20091 Oct 2010

External positions

CTBTO OSI trainer

21 Jun 2019 → …

CTBTO OSI trainee

1 Oct 2016 → …


  • QE Geology
  • TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)


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