Several members of staff at Merlin have extensive experience in organising and undertaking field work in the search for petroleum exploration.
Merlin is also pleased to offer the capability of providing bespoke one day or residential field courses for groups of up to 16 people. Past trips have been extremely rewarding for clients who have valued the opportunity to receive highly personalised training on elements directly applicable to ongoing project work. We have also found some clients take the opportunity to combine field training with a series of indoor meetings and workshops which directly focus the team's collective strengths to address key challenges in active projects. Merlin is able to supply high quality cost effective training with ongoing partnerships with small independent hoteliers providing the ideal settings for group integration and high quality learning environment. Our staff are highly experienced in conducting field operations, are trained in first aid and have full insurance. Past trips have included residential stays in Dorset and North Somerset at popular world-class geological localities. Unlike most courses, we will adapt the trips to encourage enjoyment, active learning relevant to projects and even include time for team building activities which have included, canoeing, clay-pigeon shooting, spa visits, golf and cycling.
Merlin organised and led an excellent integrated field trip and technical seminar for the whole [Aurelian] exploration team ; this was a perfect combination of geoscience masterclass and discussion of live exploration projects in the classroom followed immediately by time in the field examining primarily structural but also stratigraphic elements pertinent to the subsurface challenges we were tackling. The balance worked extremely well and was supported with an excellent field guide; going beyond the normal as it also included sufficient theoretical and practical published material to illustrate and expand on the geometries and relationships observed in the field. The combination meant field learnings were directly applicable into exploration and development issues currently being worked by the company. Tim Wright and Phil Copestake are excellent leaders and balanced encouraging participants to develop their own observation skills with their own extensive local and literature knowledge to widen the value of the trip far above that of a show and tell. The outcrops were excellent and accommodation and catering much appreciated by the trip participants. I am planning to work again with Merlin on a similar trip next year.John Smallwood (ex) Exploration Director, Aurelian