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 through research and innovation.

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 is an expert in the use of numerical analysis tools for geotechnical engineering. He has written and reviewed many papers, books, vlogs, and e-learning content. Notably, he...

Andrew is the founder of Geofem and has extensive knowledge and over 20 years of experience in geotechnical engineering. He is an expert in the use of numerical analysis tools for geotechnical engineering. He has written and reviewed many papers, books, vlogs, and e-learning content. Notably, he wrote the popular textbook published by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE).

He is a member of the NAFEMS Geotechnical Working Group. This group is preparing guidance in the field of geotechnical analysis. He is also a founding member of the Professional Simulation Engineer scheme.

He was part of a team which revamped Eurocode 7 Part 1. This code will be the first to include clauses dedicated to numerical methods in geotechnical design.

He is a Chartered Engineer. He is also a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and the British Geotechnical Association. Additionally, he is a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Southampton - his alma mater.

Andrew Lees CEng MICE

Skevi Perdikou

Technology Manager

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

Skevi has 20 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 20 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

Geospatial Data Scientist

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

Chris Ieridis

Senior 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

Styliana Stavrou

Remote Sensing Geologist

BSc Geology | MSc Geoinformatics & Geospatial Technologies

Styliana’s academic studies combined the fields of geology through her first degree at the University of Patras and remote sensing through her Master’s degree at the Cyprus University of Technology. She gained valuable experience working with real soil and rock samples in a testing laboratory bef...

Styliana’s academic studies combined the fields of geology through her first degree at the University of Patras and remote sensing through her Master’s degree at the Cyprus University of Technology. She gained valuable experience working with real soil and rock samples in a testing laboratory before joining us to work in the fields of remote sensing and geohazards.

Andrew Lees CEng MICE

Iphigenia Christophoridou

Business Development Executive

BSc Economics and Management | MA Legal and Political Theory

Iphigenia brings a broad range of skills and experience to support us in many areas of the business. She has worked in roles including marketing, training, legal and business management, including for six years at the London Borough of Barnet. She gained her bachelor and master’s degrees at Unive...

Iphigenia brings a broad range of skills and experience to support us in many areas of the business. She has worked in roles including marketing, training, legal and business management, including for six years at the London Borough of Barnet. She gained her bachelor and master’s degrees at University College London and Royal Holloway University of London respectively.

Andrew Lees CEng MICE

Hamzah M. B. Al-Hashemi, Ph.D. Candidate, LEED Green Associate

Regional Manager (GCC & MENA) | Geotechnical Design Engineer

BSc Civil Engineering | MSc Civil & Geotechnical Engineering

Mr. Al-Hashemi, M.Sc., Ph.D. candidate, and LEED Green Associate, is the Regional Manager (GCC & MENA) at Geofem Ltd. in Cyprus. He also holds roles as CEO & Technical Director at GeoStruXer in Bahrain and Founder of the Gulf Geotechnical Engineers - GGE Platform. With over 11 years of experience...

Mr. Al-Hashemi, M.Sc., Ph.D. candidate, and LEED Green Associate, is the Regional Manager (GCC & MENA) at Geofem Ltd. in Cyprus. He also holds roles as CEO & Technical Director at GeoStruXer in Bahrain and Founder of the Gulf Geotechnical Engineers - GGE Platform. With over 11 years of experience, he has contributed to significant projects worldwide, including the world's largest Micropiled Post-Tensioned Rafts in Bahrain (2022), US Navy shoring projects, SA ARAMCO CSD Oil/Gas & Riyadh Metro G.I. His expertise spans Soil-Structure Interaction, remote sensing, climate change, geohazards, FEA, ground improvement, and more. Beyond his technical roles, Mr. Al-Hashemi is a part-time/visiting lecturer, researcher, poet, and author. Committed to driving innovation in geotechnical engineering, he contributes significantly to complex projects.

Andrew Lees CEng MICE

Brian Ramesh

Data Scientist

BSc Electrical Engineering | MSc Data Science & Engineering

Brian began his career in the installation of 4G cable networks before going full time as a software developer in fintech. Carrying a BSc in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, and an MSc in Data Science and Engineering from the Cyprus University of Technology, his true passion is for compute...

Brian began his career in the installation of 4G cable networks before going full time as a software developer in fintech. Carrying a BSc in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, and an MSc in Data Science and Engineering from the Cyprus University of Technology, his true passion is for computer science and coding. At Geofem, Brian works with in-house algorithms, improving the efficiency and adaptability of satellite data programs and processes through coding.

Andrew Lees CEng MICE

Maria Valanidou

Remote Sensing Geologist

BSc Geology/Earth Science | MSC Geography & Applied Geoinformatics

Maria is a geoinformatics specialist with a BSc in Geology from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Her Masters degree in Geography and Applied Geoinformatics from the University of the Aegean focuses on applications in the natural environment and risk management. Both of her theses are bas...

Maria is a geoinformatics specialist with a BSc in Geology from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Her Masters degree in Geography and Applied Geoinformatics from the University of the Aegean focuses on applications in the natural environment and risk management. Both of her theses are based on earth observation data and its application to natural oil seepage detection and spatial and temporal analysis.

Andrew Lees CEng MICE

Vishnuvardhan Reddy

Satellite Remote Sensing Analyst

BTech Civil Engineering | MEng Remote Sensing & GIS

Vishnu has been working with satellite remote sensing since beginning his Masters degree in 2017. Studying in India and Thailand, he has accrued qualifications in civil engineering and geographic information systems. He has also worked as a research and lab assistant within the field of construct...

Vishnu has been working with satellite remote sensing since beginning his Masters degree in 2017. Studying in India and Thailand, he has accrued qualifications in civil engineering and geographic information systems. He has also worked as a research and lab assistant within the field of construction, applying InSAR to the design of dams, and micro-irrigation projects. Vishnu is currently studying for a PhD in Satellite Remote Sensing at the University of West Attica in Greece.

Andrew Lees CEng MICE

Natalia Korai

Data Analyst

BSc Mathematics and Statistics | MSc Data Science

Natalia holds a Bachelors degree in Mathematics and Statistics, and is nearing completion of a Masters degree in Data Science. Her knowledge of interpreting data through statistics assists in examining the performance of our machine learning algorithms.

Natalia holds a Bachelors degree in Mathematics and Statistics, and is nearing completion of a Masters degree in Data Science. Her knowledge of interpreting data through statistics assists in examining the performance of our machine learning algorithms.

Andrew Lees CEng MICE

Bala Raju

Satellite Remote Sensing Analyst

MTech Remote Sensing | PhD Remote Sensing

Bala has over seven years' experience in deformation studies using SAR and interferometry techniques. He holds a PhD from the Indian Institute of Technology which featured a dissertation on the "Monitoring of Glacier Dynamics using Synthetic Aperture Radar Techniques". Bala is most passionate abo...

Bala has over seven years' experience in deformation studies using SAR and interferometry techniques. He holds a PhD from the Indian Institute of Technology which featured a dissertation on the "Monitoring of Glacier Dynamics using Synthetic Aperture Radar Techniques". Bala is most passionate about the geophysical applications of interferometry and predicting natural hazards by using remote sensing methodologies.

Andrew Lees CEng MICE

Could this be you?

Engineer or Scientist

Degree in civil/geotechnical eng., GIS or satellite remote sensing

We're always on the look out for outstanding new recruits. If you have relevant qualifications and experience and you'd like to get involved appyling the latest engineering analysis, satellite remote sensing techniques and geospatial modelling to the construction, infrastructure, mining, energy a...

We're always on the look out for outstanding new recruits. If you have relevant qualifications and experience and you'd like to get involved appyling the latest engineering analysis, satellite remote sensing techniques and geospatial modelling to the construction, infrastructure, mining, energy and insurance sectors, please send your CV to info@geofem.com