Simon Sheldon - driller

Simon Sheldon
Simon Sheldon from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, will be helping to drill the 2000 year ice core.

The Centre for Ice and Climate, Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

I will be part of a small team initially setting up the Danish Hans Tausen intermediate depth ice core drilling equipment and its associated infrastructure. Once all the equipment has been fully assembled, checked and tested I will be a driller collecting the 400 m ice core. My role also includes maintenance of the drilling equipment, performance tests of the new low temperature drill liquid, and measuring the borehole temperature profile.

Career highlights

I have over 24 years experience as an engineer within several scientific research and development environments. For the past 10 years my work has focused on developing and using ice core drilling equipment, borehole loggers, Arctic camp equipment, Arctic logistics, and high performance measuring systems. Highlights of my work include:

  • Developing a new Danish Intermediate Depth Ice Core Drilling system
  • Primary investigator into several recent ice core drilling liquids
  • Developing a new ice core electrical conductivity measuring system
  • Developing ultra high performance electronics for low voltage scanning electron microscope corrector system (world’s best resolution at the time)
  • Developing ultra high performance electronics for scanning aperture transmission electron microscope corrector system (world’s best resolution at the time)