Dr. Sanjay Rana
Director, Parsan Overseas (P) Limited
Dr. Sanjay Rana

Dr. Sanjay Rana is a geophysicist working in the field of engineering geophysics for last 25 years. Dr Rana passed out in 1990 from University of Roorkee, now IIT Roorkee, in M Tech (Applied Geophysics), as Gold Medalist. Since 1995 he is working tirelessly towards growth of geophysical industry in the country, exploring new & unique application areas in various fields like Hydropower, oil & gas, mining, infrastructure, etc. Dr Rana started his career with UP State Government and carried out extensive well logging operations including radio active loggings. Dr Rana also worked briefly as Scientist ‘C’ with Department of Atomic Energy.

Dr Rana started working in the field of engineering geophysics in the year 1995. He has been instrumental in starting full fledged operations in private sector providing services like seismic refraction, ground penetrating radar, electrical tomography, seismic tomography, Microgravity, magnetic etc. He has carried out geophysical investigations for more than 100 hydropower projects including 26 projects in Afghanistan.

Dr Rana is invited regularly for training geophysicists on latest techniques by various departments and organizations. He is also invited as trainer for geophysics applications by companies located abroad, and has conducted trainings in Singapore, Saudi Arab, Bahrain, Kuwait, UAE etc.

Dr Rana has been instrumental in bringing various technologies in India including Ground Penetrating Radar, High Resolution Tomography, and Passive Seismic Tomography etc. His major contributions towards geophysics industry in the country are as under:

• Pioneered use of GPR in India (Private Sector) in 1996.

• Pioneered use of non-destructive geophysical investigations of dam structures in India.

• Successfully used integrated geophysical approach for investigations across flowing rivers, saving huge cost and time for investigations of hydropower projects, pipeline projects etc.

• Pioneered the concept of Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE) in India, dealing with management of underground utility infrastructure during construction projects, to ensure safety of utilities, personnel and public.

• Member of various working committees for development of Code of Practices and Standards.