Denver, Colorado  USA
March 17-21, 2013

General Chair
Michael H. Powers

Technical Chair

Bruce D. Smith

Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society

1720 South Bellaire Street
Suite 110
Denver, CO 80222-4303
Phone: (303) 531-7517
Fax: (303) 820-3844

Short Courses

Full day short courses include full course notes, continental breakfast, lunch and refreshments during breaks (pricing is found on Registration Information Tab - printable registration form).  

SC-1: Advanced Multichannel Analysis of Surface Wave (MASW) Methods  
Date: Sunday, March 17, 2013 Time: 8 am-5 pm 
Room: Evergreen A
Instructor:  Julian Ivanov, Kansas Geological Survey and Geometrics, Inc.

This advanced short course is an expansion of previous MASW workshops presented at SAGEEP and it is targeting experienced users of the MASW method. The short course will cover various practical topics related to data acquisition and analysis, such as, optimum field spread-size determination, fixed-spread data acquisition and conversion to optimized streamer-type (a.k.a., roll-along) configurations  (useful when having extra geophones), muting for enhancement of dispersion-curve images, inversion sensitivity, and advantages of a-priori density information. Additional topics can cover case studies (e.g., studying levees, mapping fault zones), challenging dispersion-curve patterns, and most recent MASW advancements, such as HRLRT for dispersion-curve imaging, multi-mode inversion, enhanced dispersion-curve imaging of multi-source (e.g., trains) passive-data [incorporated in the most recent version (v3.21) of the SurfSeis software]. The goal of the short course is to build advanced understanding of the MASW method and its applications. It is expected that participants will use their own laptops with SurfSeis 3 installed and licensed. Participants that do not have SurfSeis 3 installed will be provided with the most recent version of the SurfSeis software (i.e., 3.16) with a temporary license to use during the short course.

SC-2 Geophysics for Watershed Management
Date: Sunday, March 17, 2013 Time: 8 am-5 pm
Room:  Evergreen B
Convenors:    Jared D. Abraham (XRI), James C. Cannia, USGS; Tim Munday, CSIRO;  Ingelise Moeller Balling, GEUS; Ted Asch, XRI Exploration Resources International Geophysics; Andrea Viezzoli, Aarhus Geophysics

This short course will provide hydrologists/and natural resource managers the necessary background to utilize geophysics for watershed scale investigations and provide geophysicists with an understanding of ways in which geophysical data are used in hydrologic investigations. Emphasis on practical planning for geophysical surveys: how an organization considers, plans, contracts, communicates, and implements geophysical surveys in support of a watershed scale water resources investigations. Case examples will be shown from North America, Australia and Europe. Interdisciplinary projects will be highlighted; to illustrate how diverse project partners and multidisciplinary data can enhance project success. The multidisciplinary approach provides financial and public benefits. Workshop participants will leave with an understanding of the common steps necessary to develop and implement a typical geophysical surveys and integrate the geophysical data with other relevant data sources.  Geophysical methods covered will include airborne, ground, and borehole.

SC-3:  Agricultural Geophysics:  Methods Employed and Recent Applications
Date: Thursday, March 21, 2013 Time: 8:30am– 4:30pm
Room:  Evergreen A
Instructors:  Barry Allred, USDA-ARS;  Larisa Golovko, Landviser, LLC; Dennis Corwin, USDA-ARS; Viacheslav Adamchuk, McGill Univ.;  Bruce Smith, Bethany Burton, James Cannia, USGS;  Robert Freeland, Univ. of Tennessee; and Tim Munday, CSIRO.

Geophysical methods are becoming increasingly important tools for agriculture.  The purpose of this short course and workshop is to provide an up-to-date overview of agricultural geophysical methods and their applications.  The morning session of the short course - workshop will not only focus on the three predominant geophysical methods currently being employed in agriculture (resistivity, electromagnetic induction, and ground penetrating radar), but also highlight other geophysical methods (self-potential, optical, radiometric, mechanical, and potentiometric) that are now beginning to show substantial promise.  The afternoon session will be devoted to four important areas of application; soil salinity assessment, crop irrigation, precision farming, and watershed scale agricultural investigations.  Those from both the geophysical and agricultural communities will benefit from this short course - workshop and are therefore encouraged to attend. 

Course Outline:   

Morning Session (Methods)

        Introduction to Morning Session (10 Minutes - Barry Allred)

  1.         Resistivity and Self-Potential Methods for Agricultural Mapping and Monitoring (45 Minutes - Larisa Golovko)
  2.         Characterization of Soil Spatial Variability in Agriculture using Electromagnetic Induction (EMI) (45 Minutes - Dennis Corwin)

            Break (20 Minutes)

  3.         Application of Ground Penetrating Radar Methods in Agriculture (45 Minutes  - Barry Allred)
  4.         Complimentary Systems and Sensor Fusion (45 Minutes -  Viacheslav Adamchuk)
Afternoon Session (Applications)
        Introduction to Afternoon Session (10 Minutes - Bruce Smith)
  1.         Soil Salinity Assessment (45 Minutes - Dennis Corwin)
  2.         Crop Irrigation (45 Minutes - Bethany Burton and James Cannia)

            Break (20 Minutes)

  3.         Precision Farming - Delineation of Field Management Zones (45 Minutes - Robert Freeland)
  4.         Watershed Scale Agricultural Geophysics Investigations (45 Minutes - Tim Munday)

SC-4: Getting the Most from your Near Surface Data in Oasis montaj
Date: Thursday, March 21, 2013 Time: 8 am-5 pm
Room:  Evergreen B
Instructor:  Darren Mortimer, P.Geo. P.Eng., Solution Consultant at Geosoft, Inc.

This introductory, one-day course will focus on tools to help you maximize the use of your data with an emphasis on finding solutions for your data challenges.   Using data from near surface investigations, such as environmental and munition (MEC) surveys, participants will learn through a combination of presentations and “hands on” processing and mapping exercises using Geosoft’s Oasis montaj software.

The course will cover a typical workflow including:
•    working with databases and profiles,
•    understanding map projections,
•    displaying your data on maps,
•    using 3D views and surfaces,
•    data linking between spreadsheets, profiles, maps and 3D views,
•    sharing data with GIS and other applications.

In addition we will examine some of the specialized tools for working with borehole, geochemical and unexploded ordnance (UXO) data, depending on student interest.  The course will conclude with a Question and Answer session where questions regarding personal data will be welcome.  

No previous experience with the Oasis montaj software is required for this course. Participants must have their own laptop.  The Oasis montaj software and a complimentary license for the course will be provided before the course.