Who we are

Geofem’s strength lies above all in its people and this is reflected in our Values. We have the expertise and experience ideally balanced in the fields of civil engineering, satellite remote sensing and GIS to deliver informed and accessible information to infrastructure, mining, energy and insurance stakeholders worldwide. Yet, we are still small enough to be flexible and responsive to customer needs.  

Vision

To be the leader in the application of remote sensing and visualisation technology combined with sound civil engineering know-how.

Mission

To improve the resilience of both new and ageing infrastructure to increased use, climate change and natural disasters in a cost-effective, safe and environmentally sustainable manner for infrastructure stakeholders worldwide.

Values

Expertise across the inter-disciplinary fields of remote sensing, civil engineering and GIS

Teamwork to bring together different but interdependent skill sets for best-in-class implementation of projects.

Integrity to be transparent about what the technology can achieve and deliver what we promise

Innovation to adapt the latest technology in the fields of remote sensing and GIS to the needs of infrastructure stakeholders

Company History

2007

Geofem established

2007

Analysed loadout of the giant new Aker H-6e rig at Drydocks World Dubai (as seen on the Discovery Channel!)

2008

Geotechnical numerical analysis specialists

2009

Analysed loadout of Prelude FLNG turret as seen on BBC News!

2010

Partner in EU funded EASIT2 project on competency in engineering analysis and simulation.

2011

Presented at ECSMGE 2011 in Athens.

2012

Opened our rockfill testing laboratory

Big shear box

2013

Partner in the EU-funded ANDROID disaster resilience academic network.

2014

Coordinator of EU-funded COGAN project on competency in geotechnical numerical analysis.

2015

Presented and exhibited the COGAN Project at ECSMGE 2015 in Edinburgh.

2016

Developed landslide susceptibility algorithm using DInSAR and other data.

2016

The popular geotechnical FEA textbook is published.

2017

Always continuing to perform geotechnical numerical analysis.

2017

Presented at ICSMGE in Seoul.

2018

Eurocode 7 (geotechnical design) redrafting.

2019

Combined satellite data, GIS and civil engineering expertise for infrastructure asset management projects.

Highway monitoring

2019

Presented and exhibited at ECSMGE 2019 in Reykjavik.

2020

European Space Agency (ESA)  projects developing space applications in the infrastructure sector.

Our Team

Andrew Lees CEng MICE

Andrew Lees CEng MICE

Director

BEng Civil Engineering | PhD Geotechnical Engineering

Andrew is the founder of Geofem and has extensive knowledge and over 20 years of experience in geotechnical engineering. He specialises in the practical application of numerical analysis tools in geotechnical engineering and has published and reviewed several papers, books, vlogs and e-learning c...

Andrew is the founder of Geofem and has extensive knowledge and over 20 years of experience in geotechnical engineering. He specialises in the practical application of numerical analysis tools in geotechnical engineering and has published and reviewed several papers, books, vlogs and e-learning courses in this field, including the popular textbook published by the ICE. He is a member of the NAFEMS Geotechnical Working Group which is preparing guidance in the field of geotechnical analysis and founding member of the Professional Simulation Engineer scheme. He was a member of the redrafting panel for Eurocode 7 Part 1 which will become the first geotechnical design code with clauses specifically covering design by numerical methods. He is a Chartered Engineer and member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and British Geotechnical Association, as well as a Visiting Research Fellow at his alma mater the University of Southampton.

Andrew Lees CEng MICE

Skevi Perdikou

Technical Manager

BEng Civil Eng. | MSc Geotechnical Eng. | PhD Satellite Remote Sensing

Skevi has 18 years of experience of applying satellite remote sensing techniques to civil engineering projects. Her unique combination of expertise enables her to adapt state-of-the-art satellite technology to the needs of the infrastructure, mining and energy sectors. She has coordinated several...

Skevi has 18 years of experience of applying satellite remote sensing techniques to civil engineering projects. Her unique combination of expertise enables her to adapt state-of-the-art satellite technology to the needs of the infrastructure, mining and energy sectors. She has coordinated several innovation projects on satellite remote sensing applications in civil engineering for the European Space Agency and other national and European funding bodies. She is a founding member of the Field Monitoring committee (TC220) of the ISSMGE, steering group member for CIRIA guidance documents on natural slopes and InSAR applications and has presented and published work extensively in the area of satellite remote sensing and civil engineering. Her BEng and MSc degrees were obtained at City University in London and her PhD at the University of Southampton.

Andrew Lees CEng MICE

Dimitris Kouhartsiouk

Remote Sensing & GIS Specialist

BSc Environmental Sciences

Dimitris’ expertise lies in the programming of algorithms to process optical and radar remote sensing data and their visualisation in GIS for the study of ground displacement and natural hazards. He has also supported East Med offshore gas drilling operations with HASP and Field Plan maps using G...

Dimitris’ expertise lies in the programming of algorithms to process optical and radar remote sensing data and their visualisation in GIS for the study of ground displacement and natural hazards. He has also supported East Med offshore gas drilling operations with HASP and Field Plan maps using GIS for three drilling operations and Environmental Impact Assessment data collection. Following his degree studies at the University of Manchester, he worked as a Research Assistant at the Cyprus University of Technology on the use of optical and radar remote sensing for water quality assessment, oil spill mapping, ocean wind field estimation and archaeological prospection. He is nearing completion of his MSc studies on Geographical Information Science at Lund University, Sweden. 

Andrew Lees CEng MICE

Egli Michailidou

Remote sensing specialist

MEng Surveying Engineering | MSc Civil Engineering

Egli specialises in the adaptation of satellite remote sensing for civil engineering applications using the expertise gained from her academic studies and professional experience. The theses for both her MEng (National Technical University of Athens) and MSc (Delft University of Technology) degre...

Egli specialises in the adaptation of satellite remote sensing for civil engineering applications using the expertise gained from her academic studies and professional experience. The theses for both her MEng (National Technical University of Athens) and MSc (Delft University of Technology) degree studies involved the analysis of satellite remote sensing data for engineering applications. Her MSc course followed the Geoscience and Remote Sensing track which gave her a solid grounding in the application of satellite imagery in civil engineering. Prior to joining us, Egli was a Remote Sensing Engineer for two years at Kayrros in Paris optimising satellite image processing algorithms for geometric calibrations, InSAR and soil moisture estimation.

Andrew Lees CEng MICE

Chris Ieridis

Geotechnical Engineer

BSc Applied Earth Sciences | MSc Geo-engineering

Chris specialises in the application of finite element analysis, in particular Plaxis 2D and 3D software, to geotechnical design problems including ground movement analyses, soil-structure interaction studies, heavy load-out simulations and geohazard assessments. His MSc degree studies at Delft U...

Chris specialises in the application of finite element analysis, in particular Plaxis 2D and 3D software, to geotechnical design problems including ground movement analyses, soil-structure interaction studies, heavy load-out simulations and geohazard assessments. His MSc degree studies at Delft University of Technology focussed on numerical modelling as did his thesis on simulation of dyke instability. Prior to joining Geofem he worked for three years as a geotechnical engineer at CRUX Engineering and as a Software Quality Engineer at Plaxis in Delft.

Andrew Lees CEng MICE

Maria Charalambous

GIS Specialist

BSc Geography | MSc Geographical Information Science

Maria specialises in the processing of earth observation data for natural hazard risk assessments and their visualisation in GIS tools. During her BSc and MSc degree studies at the University of Edinburgh she gained the required expertise in remote sensing, coding, database management and GIS. Pr...

Maria specialises in the processing of earth observation data for natural hazard risk assessments and their visualisation in GIS tools. During her BSc and MSc degree studies at the University of Edinburgh she gained the required expertise in remote sensing, coding, database management and GIS. Prior to joining Geofem, Maria worked for four years at major risk management and insurance brokerage firms in London as a Catastrophe Risk Developer programming both probabilistic and deterministic natural hazard models which were visualised in 2D and 3D GIS.

Andrew Lees CEng MICE

Ploutarchos Tzampoglou

Geotechnical and Mining Engineer

BSc Mining Eng. | MSc Underground Construction | PhD Eng. Geology

Ploutarchos specialises in geohazard susceptibility assessment incorporating artificial intelligence approaches. He gained this expertise initially through his degree studies at the School of Mining and Metallurgical Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens, including his PhD st...

Ploutarchos specialises in geohazard susceptibility assessment incorporating artificial intelligence approaches. He gained this expertise initially through his degree studies at the School of Mining and Metallurgical Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens, including his PhD studying land subsidence susceptibility at an open-cast coal mine in Greece. More recently he studied the effect of swelling clays on building foundations using laboratory and field testing, GIS and finite element analysis (Plaxis 2D and 3D) during his time as a postdoc researcher at the University of Cyprus.