12-Aug-2006 -- I am working for Occidental Oil and Gas Corporation (OXY) as an HSE QC, on a North African Geophysical Exploration Company (NAGECO), our geophysical seismic sub contractor. Our camp is situated roughly 80 km west of the town of Ajdābiyā, 11 km south off the main black top road to Ṭubruq.
The crew Party Manager Mike Bonnici introduced me to the Noble art of Degree Confluence Points collecting, so I was hooked, thanks a lot Mike. The Team consisted of me (Graeme Foster), Mike Bonnici, and also two more virgin DCP members: the crew HSEA Akram Amer, and our driver that day was Saad Assadi.
This quest could prove a little hazardous, due to old WW2 Land Mine and unexploded ordinance reported in the area, so staying on the well-used and marked tracks was a must, luckily our DCP was very close to an old seismic line but care and safety was still the order of the day.
The DCP 31N 21E was 16.5 km from camp as the crow flies, so off we set 11 km to the main black top road and then west towards Ṭubruq for about 11 km to find the old seismic line, then 2 km until we were at the DCP - bingo, we were there! Slight adjustments to the GPS's and we were zero meters bang on all the 0. Great, the first one in the bag!
We built a small cairn to mark the DCP and wrote our names on note paper and placed it inside the stones.