I am very pleased to invite you to the 27th Annual Symposium on the Application of Geophysics to Engineering and Environmental Problems (SAGEEP) at the Boston Marriott Copley Place Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts. It has been 20 years since SAGEEP last met in Boston, only a short walk from our current meeting location, so it is very exciting for us to welcome everyone back to Boston, especially those of us who were involved with planning the meeting here in 1994.
The conference will formally open on Sunday afternoon with the Ice Breaker. On Monday morning, Keynote Speaker, Bill Eustes, Associate Professor in Petroleum Engineering and Distinguished Lecturer at the Colorado School of Mines, will speak on the subsurface exploration on Mars. Bill’s talk will focus on drilling below the Mars surface, as well as the geophysical exploration scheduled to start in 2015. The Keynote Session will be followed by a Special Session containing the papers awarded "Best of 2013 EAGE/NSGD."
The technical program, put together most capably by Mario Carnevale, will feature over 200 oral and poster presentations from Monday through Wednesday afternoon, with topics ranging from A (Agricultural Geophysics) to U (UXO). Posters will be set up adjacent to the Exhibit Hall, with some expanded coffee breaks to allow more interaction with poster presenters. In addition, short poster summaries for each day’s poster session will start the Tuesday and Wednesday programs before the start of the oral presentations.
Bill Doll, Short Course Chair, has assembled an impressive array of courses on a variety of topics. Sunday, March 16th, will showcase courses on Google Earth and Induced Polarization Applications. Thursday will have MASW Fundamentals Plus and a Utility Locating Technologies Overview.
Other SAGEEP activities will include a Sunday North Shore field trip, a Monday afternoon Outdoor Demonstration, Monday evening Student Event, and Tuesday evening Special Conference Dinner event set up by our Exhibits Organizer Micki Allen.
Tuesday and Wednesday will include exciting luncheon presentations by two eminent geophysicists working in New England. On Tuesday, Professor John Ebel from Boston College will present a talk summarizing the history of Boston’s expanded fill area and focusing on the soil amplification and liquefaction potential in the area. On Wednesday, Dr. Steven Arcone will discuss his ground penetrating investigation of the sub bottom sediment and bedrock characteristics of Mirror Lake in Woodstock, New Hampshire.
Boston is an eminently walkable city that can best be explored on foot or with public transportation. If time and inclination permit, you will find innumerable non-geophysics activities in and around Boston, ranging from intellectually stimulating arts and science to those designed to satisfy our most basic pleasures.
You can attend concerts or plays, or visit one or more of our museums (Fine Arts, Isabella Stuart Gardner, ICA art museums and Museum of Science). Students of early American history can visit the National Park Service’s Minute Man National Park in Lexington and Concord, site of the “shot heard round the world.”
Sample food from around the world and enjoy the atmosphere to go with it. The Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market area is a good place to start grazing, perhaps followed by a visit to the Black Rose Irish pub and a stop for ricotta pie from Mike’s Pastry in the Italian North End.
Come and enjoy the conference and all that Boston has to offer. We look forward to having you join us here, in Boston.
Jutta Hager, SAGEEP 2014 General Chair
CONFERENCE SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE
Conference organizers have made available the SAGEEP 2014 Schedule at a Glance. A more detailed Schedule at a Glance will be made available with the opening of conference registration. Oral and Poster presenters can view their talk schedule on the Sessions/Abstracts page. A complete Technical Program can be viewed on the Program page.
NEW PRICING STRUCTURE FOR STUDENT ATTENDEES
Two students per faculty advisor (who registers as Full Conference registrant) will receive complimentary conference registrations (all other activities and short courses are available at student rates). The two students and faculty advisor will be required to complete a printed registration form and mail or fax the forms to the EEGS business offices by the pre-registration date - or register on site - rather than using the online registration site. Questions should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
TWO CHAPTER MEMBERS PER STUDENT CHAPTER ATTEND FREE
Additionally, two Student Chapter members from an active EEGS Student Chapter will be eligible to register for SAGEEP 2014 free of charge (all other activities and short courses are available at student rates). Chapter leadership must approve (and verify with signatures on the student registration form) the two qualifying students. Additionally, Chapter leadership must approve the student who will attend SAGEEP and receive the complimentary short course registration fee. Those who qualify should complete and mail or fax a printed registration form rather than registering online. Click here for a printable complimentary conference registration form for students registering onsite at the Boston Marriott Copley Place.