Troy Unrau

Hi and Welcome,

I set up this website for multiple purposes - partially as a portfolio of work for the purposes of ensuring that Google pointed prospective interested parties to a site that I have some control over, rather than relying on third party social networks. As such, my main use for this site is shameless self-promotion. Fortunately, as pretty much no one reads this site, I can pretty much put anything up I'd like.

First, a bit about me, in rambling fashion.

I am a geophysicist. Well, rather, I cannot legally call myself a proper geophysicist in most jurisdictions in Canada yet as I do not have my P. Geo. designation yet. For those of you not aware, the geosciences in Canada are regulated professions, like engineering. A recent graduate with a B. Eng. degree cannot legally represent themselves an engineer until they have passed professional certification procedures, including writing ethics exams and obtaining a number of years experience. When they obtain this, they get a P. Eng. designation and can refer to themselves as an engineer. (Exceptions are made for some things like train engineers, which are more like drivers/mechanics.) Well, after the Bre-X fraud in the late 1990s, Canada implemented a regulatory document for mining stocks called the National Instrument 43-101, which, among other things, requires someone with a P. Geo. as a signatory. Suddenly every jurisdiction in Canada had to license geoscientists as a profession.

So, starting over, I have a undergrad degree in geophysics (B.Sc.G.Sc. Hons Geophysics, University of Manitoba, 2009), but cannot legally represent myself as a geophysicist (yet). So! This means, I am not a geophysicist - I merely have the skillset and experience that would best be described as geophysics. The practical implications of this are: any work I do must be inside an outfit where another individual has their P. Geo. stamp and can legally supervise my work.

This, of course, is a solvable problem. First, I sold my soul to the oil patch with a decent junior position in Edmonton at WorleyParsons. They may have one of the largest near-surface geophysics groups in Canada. Now I'm at Aurora Geosciences in lovely Yellowknife back in the world of mineral resources. I'm currently collecting the final bits work experience that I can apply towards the minimum supervised experience requirements with the primary intention of getting the P.Geo. certification. If you are interested in hiring me or anyone else from my group, please feel free to contact me. Also, take a look at my résumé. I've previously run or assisted on surveys using gravity, magnetics, time-domain EM, frequency-domain EM, ground penetrating radar, shallow seismics, electrical resistivity, and more. I've also spent a fair share of time analyzing gravity, magnetics, EM, ERT, and GPR data, including inversions of the whole lot. Some examples of my work are available online here under Publications.

If you click on that link, you'll notice one of my other passions: space and planetary science. I have always been interested in this field - in fact, it's what got me into geophysics in the first place - so when the economy soured in 2008, I made plans to go back for my M.Sc., this time from the University of Western Ontario. While my enrollment is currently on hold within the Planetary Science/Geophysics grad program, I do anticipate eventual completion.

My ultimate goal is to gain a ton of industry experience in geophysics, and one day bring that experience into the field of planetary science with regard to resource exploration. There are a number of companies already turning an eye towards the Moon for resource potential (see, for example, the teams participating in the Google Lunar X-Prize). However, as this industry is still decades in the making, now is the time to gain practical experience to contribute to an Earthly career.

Cheers, and welcome.