Greetings! I am Dr. Edmund (Ed) Medley, a Geopractitioner, specializing in Geological Engineering. For most of my working life, I have worked – practiced – in geology, geotechnical/soil engineering, and rock engineering. (The differences between the various “geo-disciplines” of geopractitioners are described here and here.) For details of my career see my Geopractice History or my Terraphase Engineering Resume or read this meandering account of my CV as a random walk.
For 13 years this website was a marketing billboard to attract consulting projects. It failed – no projects were captured. The website is now remodeled as a library of stories- GeoTales- of my geopractice experience ranging from silly mistakes to proud achievements; academic frustrations to research Ahas!; funny to serious projects; and, self-puffery accounts of winning coveted jobs, to the dismay of being fired five times. There are also some blunt opinions; a few lessons; and, hints to younger folk on what not to do/what to do in their geopractice. (One hint: get fired at least once!)
My tales of family, travel, life successes/failures, and musings with poems and snapshots still appear on edmedley.com. Go to my website bimrocks.com for information and musings on the characterization of bimrocks and bimsoils, (block-in-matrix rocks/soils) complex geological mixtures of hard blocks of rock embedded in weak, often soil-like matrix, such as melanges, fault rocks and weathered rocks.
In 1969 I started my random walk of a career working in mineral exploration prospecting in the wilds of Canada. I never dreamed that 55 years later my life would be a jigsaw puzzle of travel, odd experiences, challenges, ambitions, successes, and failures. If you are interested you can read more here.
I am in my mid-70s and on a glide path to obscurity, my career fading. I am puzzled and proud at how my geopractice evolved from the adventurous/foolish urges of a clueless/carefree 20-year-old – who bullshitted his way into a mineral exploration job – to the retiring old man relating a few accomplishments, without much bs embellishment.
Here is a marketing coda: I am trying to retire but I am open to interesting projects. (“Interesting” means I earn some enjoyment from an unusual problem and/or people.)