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Robert Smallshire

Name: Robert Jonathan Smallshire
Date of Birth: 15th February 1974
Age: 31
Address: by request
Status: Married
Nationality: British
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Home tel: by request
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Work tel: +47 22 54 78 22
Work fax: by request


  • Problem Solving. Thrive on problem-solving and strive to achieve a good result using my highly developed analytical skills, through a common-sense, hands-on approach.
  • Lucid communicator with experience of public address. I pride myself on my ability to communicate ideas clearly, and enjoy the opportunity to present information to professional colleagues or lay-persons, in oral or written form. I have presented papers, detailing my Ph.D. findings, to audiences of several hundred persons at Geological Society of London conferences and regularly present technical information to my colleagues and clients at work.


Full-time permanent

January 2005 to date Chief Developer for Roxar. Software design and implementation of the Irap RMS reservoir modelling tool.
August 2000 to December 2003 Senior Development Engineer & Structural Geologist for Midland Valley Exploration Ltd. Project management, design and development of specialist technical geocomputing applications in a cross-platform environment for the modelling and analysis of three-dimensional geologic structures and fractures using interactive computer graphics. Architect of the 4DVista geoscience application framework.
October 1998 to
August 2000
Structural Geologist for Rock Deformation Research, Leeds Innovations. Consultant specializing in geological mapping of structural features, fault-seal analysis, and software engineering for basin-scale fault seal modelling and interactive visualization of fault damage zones.

Part-time temporary

January 2000
May 2000
Part-time tutor for School of Continuing Education, University of Leeds. Design and delivery of an eleven week course entitled Plate tectonics and an introduction to geophysical methods to mature students.
April to May 1998 Geologic mapping in the Gulf of Corinth, Greece for a project sponsored by BP and Marathon Oil. Working in a team of four to predict the extent of reservoir analogue facies.
1995-1998 Post-graduate demonstrator, School of Earth Sciences, The University of Leeds. Instruction of undergraduates in laboratory classes and fieldwork for modules in Geological Sciences and Geophysics.
1993-1995 Assistant to Land, Engineering and Mining Surveyor. High precision engineering and deformation surveys on water retaining structures. Periodic monitoring of salt, coal and limestone mining related subsidence. Experience of manual and electronic precise levelling equipment.
1993 South Western Mining and Tunnelling. Labouring for twelve-hour shifts underground and topside on a project to stabilise abandoned underground limestone workings with rock bolts and sprayed concrete.
1992 Surveyors assistant JPB Surveys Ltd. Total station and levelling equipment data-loggers. Volume calculations (quarries, mines, landfill), setting out (boreholes, structures, highways), high precision deformation monitoring (dams, retaining walls, rock slopes) using Computer Aided Design and Mapping systems. GPS field hardware and post-processing software.


1995-1999 Ph.D. by research. School of Earth Sciences, The University of Leeds. The Kinematics of Soft-Linked Thrust Systems'. The project relied on analysis of extensive field-based observations together with novel image-processing techniques to interpret the geometry and rock deformation processes in the French-Swiss Alps. The project involved six-months fieldwork in logistically demanding terrain. An abstract is available, as is the whole thesis. Supervisors Dr. R.W.H. Butler & Dr. M Casey. Examined by Prof. G. Williams & Dr. G Lloyd
1992-1995 Geological Science B.Sc. (Hons). First Class. University of Leeds.
  • Independent project: A six week geologic mapping excursion to the Isle of Skye culminating in the production of a report and map.
  • Structural geology: Thrust tectonics, including a five-week team based project investigating Alpine structure.
  • Rock deformation: Mechanisms and quantification of micro-to-macro processes.
  • Earth resources: Hydrocarbons, hydrogeology, aggregates, ore geology
  • Metamorphism: metamorphic processes
  • Global geodynamics: A course of team based exercises incorporating a broad spectrum of geosciences with written, poster and oral presentations
  • Engineering geology: Principles and site investigation
  • Volcanic processes including hazard assessment
  • Communication skills
  • Field work: Excursions to Troodos Ophiolite, Moine Thrust Belt, Claire Basin
1990-1992 GCE A-Levels at Halesowen College of Further Education
Physics (A)  Geology (A)  Mathematics (B)
1985-1990 GCSEs at Heathfield High School, Cradley Heath
Mathematics (A), Physics (A), Technology (A), Design & Communication (A), Computer Studies (A), Chemistry (B), English (B), English Literature (C).

Publications, conferences and articles

Ph.D. research - thrust systems

Smallshire, R.J. (1996) The Kinematics of a Soft-linked Thrust System; an example from the Haut Giffre, French Alps. 28th Annual Meeting of the Tectonic Studies Group of the Geological Society of London.

Smallshire, R.J. & M. Casey, (1997) Finite strain compatibility models applied to soft-linked thrust systems. Abstract Supplement No. 1, Terra Nova, 9, 174.

Smallshire, R.J. (1997) Rolling hinges as a mechanism for buckle fold growth: Evidence from the Haut Giffre, French Alps. 29th Annual Meeting of the Tectonic Studies Group of the Geological Society of London.

Smallshire, R.J. (2000) Soft-linkage in thrust systems - geometry and kinematics. 30th Research in Process Meeting of the Tectonic Studies Group of the Geological Society of London.

Rock Deformation Research

McAllister, E., Smallshire, R., Knipe, R. & Kaufman, P. (2000) Geometry of Fault Damage Zones from High Resolution Mapping of the Moab Fault Zone, UT. Session: Quantitative Outcrop Data for Reservoir Simulation Applications. Annual Meeting AAPG 2000.

Kaufman, P., McAllister, E. & Smallshire, R. (2000) Collection and visualization of 3D digital geologic data sets: An example from the Moab Fault zone, UT. Session: Quantitative Outcrop Data for Reservoir Simulation Applications. Annual Meeting AAPG 2000.

Knipe, R.J., Fisher, Q.J., Jones, G., McAllister, E., Needham, D.T., Davies, R., Bolton, A., Edwards, E., Li, A., Porter, J.R., Smallshire, R.J., Harris, S.J., Pecher, R. (2000) Faulting and Fault Seal: Progress with Prediction. Petex 2000, London.

Purdue, J.M. (2000) 3D Visualization Of Outcrop Faults. First look 2000 AAPG Conference, Hart's E&P.

R.J. Knipe, E. McAllister, R. Smallshire, S. Freeman, S. D Harris, Q. J. Fisher , G. Jones, S.J.Jolley, J.R. Porter, E. Edwards (2000) Fault zone architecture and mechanical evolution. Meeting: The nature and tectonic significance of fault zone weakening. Geological Society of London.

Midland Valley Exploration

Smallshire, R., Griffiths, P., McKeown, C. (2002) Determining Well Connectivity - Topological Modelling of Natural and Synthetic Fracture Systems. Session: Fractured Reservoirs and Multi-Phase Fluid Flow. Annual Meeting AAPG 2002

Smallshire, R. McAllister, E. Griffiths, P. (2002) Validation of Discreet Fracture Network Reservoir Models. Session: Fractured Reservoirs and Multi-Phase Fluid Flow. Annual Meeting AAPG 2002

Ahlgren, S., Smallshire, R., Griffiths, P., Holmlund, J., Nicoli, J. (2002) Semi-Automated Fracture Detection for Three-Dimensional Stochastic Fracture Network Generation and Analysis. Fractured Reservoirs and Multi-Phase Fluid Flow. Annual Meeting AAPG 2002

Ritchie, S., Smallshire, R., Griffiths, P. (2002) Modelling Complex 3-D Salt Body Geometry Using Alpha Shapes. "Pass the Salt, Please": Techniques, Best Practices Developed to Succeed Subsalt. Annual Meeting AAPG 2002

Ahlgren, S., Smallshire, R. Griffiths, P. (2002) Geophysical Corner. AAPG Explorer, September 2002.

Thompson, L., Smallshire, R. Bonora, M. (2003) Graph theory and DFN analysis: a case example of the impact of network behaviour analysis on well location assessment. EAGE First Break. 21, 55- 59.


Murphy, P, J., Smallshire, R. & Midgley, C. (2001) The sediments of Illusion Pot, Kingsdale, UK: Evidence for sub-glacial utilisation of a karst conduit in the Yorkshire Dales? Cave and Karst Science, 28, No. 1, 29.

Murphy, P., R. Smallshire & C. Midgley. (1998) The sediments of Illusion Pot, Kingsdale, North Yorkshire: Evidence for subglacial utilization of a karst conduit in the Yorkshire Dales. Meeting: 1998 British Cave Research Association Cave Science Symposium

Murphy, P.J., Smallshire, R. & Midgley, C. (2001) The sediments of Illusion Pot Kingsdale: evidence for sub-glacial utilisation of a karst conduit in the Yorkshire Dales? Cave and Karst Science, The Transactions of the British Cave Research Association.

Awards and prizes

1997 Winner for best post-graduate presentation at Tectonic Studies Group Conference.
1996 Runner-up for best post-graduate presentation at Tectonic Studies Group Conference.
1995 Runner-up for the Moore Medal, awarded by the Yorkshire Geological Society for best undergraduate project from a North-Eastern University.
1995 Runner-up for the John Ramsay Medal of the Tectonic Studies Group for best undergraduate project
1995 Winner of the prize for best undergraduate project from Earth Sciences Department, The University of Leeds.


Current and lapsed

University of Leeds Speleological Association Northern Pennine Club
Council of Northern Caving Clubs Technical Group Dudley Caving Club
British Mountaineering Council Yorkshire Geological Society
Black Country Geological Society Dudley Canal Trust
Subterranea Britannica British Cave Research Association
Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain Geological Society of London
Grampian Speleological Group
Cave Radio and Electronics Group Tectonic Studies Group

Interests and activities

  • Caving and potholing
  • Mountaineering
  • Skiing
  • Rock climbing
  • Hiking and camping
  • Cycling (off and on road)

I have a strong interest in a multitude of outdoor activities including, but not limited to those listed above. I spend a large proportion of my spare time on or under the hills in pursuit of these activities.

I am a very active caver and I am currently involved in several cave exploration and discovery projects in the Yorkshire Dales. I have recently undertaken descents of many of the most challenging caves and potholes in Britain and a trip to the Systeme Felix Trombe in the French Pyrenees. Recent mountaineering trips include ascents of Signalkuppe and Vincent Pyramide in the Italian Alps.

IT skills

Software development

I have strong programming skills ranging from product requirements and specification through software design and implementation. I am flexible enough to apply myself to either back-end algorithm or user-interface design.

  •  Project management of a six person team developing a 160 000 line geoscience application framework (4DVista), including regular software releases.
  •  Software design and communication using UML 1.3. Competent and appropriate deployment of all classic design patterns.
  •  Standard C++. Object oriented software design and implementation, including familiarity with inheritance, polymorphism and generic programming. Experienced with the Standard Template Library (STL) and writing cross-platform code for a variety of targets. I have completed a courses on Advanced C++ programming, Distributed and Component Technologies (CORBA & COM) and Object-Oriented Design for C++. Familiarity with Intel C++, Microsoft Visual C++, gcc, SGI MIPSpro 7.4, SunONE Forte compiler.
  •  Libraries/APIs.Qt, Open Inventor, Coin, ZThreads, CGAL
  •  Perl. Rapid prototyping of algorithms, fire-and-forget solutions for specific projects, and controlling a cross-platform build environment. Embedding of a Perl interpreter into a large-scale C++ application (4DVista) to provide scripting language support and superior text handling functionality for ASCII data imports. Integration of Perl and C++ code using SWIG and an open-source project PerlStream, which I maintain.
  •  Python/Jython. Object oriented prototyping, XML processing for construction of an online help system.
  • Java. Development of tools for fault seal analysis using Borland JBuilder. UI development with Swing. Application development with Eclipse.
  • Neural networks I have experience of developing neural networks for fuzzy classification problems in geosciences.
  • Other Visual Basic for Applications, Javascript, HTML, make, translating Fortran to C++, Open Inventor visualisation.


I have a broad base of experience in a variety of office productivity and technical applications

  •  Office Microsoft Office package (including Microsoft Access relational database design)
  •  Project Management Microsoft Project

  •  Graphics Illustrator, Photoshop, CorelDraw, Xara X
  •  Mapping Generic Mapping Tools (GMT), ArcView, ArcInfo
  •  Geoscience 3DMove, 4DVista, QuickMove, GeoFrame

Operating systems and platforms

  • Microsoft Windows NT/2000/XP, Windows 95/98
  • Solaris 2.6, Solaris 7, Solaris 8
  • GNU/Linux,  (including Redhat Enterprise Workstation 3)
  • SGI Irix 6.5
  • RISCOS 3

Other information

Full United Kingdom Driving License (no endorsements)

Qualified First Aider (Rescue Emergency Care)



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Two versions of my curriculum vitae are available. The version here is specifically designed for web-use, is very comprehensive, peppered with hyperlinks and probably contains far too much detail. If you're interested in offering me a job you should probably download the two-page PDF or Word version which is usually more up-to-date and certainly more concise.

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Last updated 2005-11-27 R J Smallshire