NSG2024 Workshops

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The following workshops have been scheduled for Sunday, 8 September 2024.

WS 1

Digital Outcrop Modelling

WS 2

Transient Electromagnetic

WS 3

Hard Rock Physics

Please note:

  • All workshops take place in parallel.
  • Lunch & coffee are included in the workshop registration fee.
  • Workshops are only included in the All Access Pass registration. For any other registration type, there needs to be a separate workshop registration in place.
Workshop 1 Updated CIRIA Geophysical Standard

Date:

3 Sep 2023

Time:

09:00 - 15:00 BST (TBC)

Convenors

Joanne Kwan (CIRIA)
Charlotte Usher (RSK Geophysics)

The construction industry research and information association (CIRIA) is a neutral, independent body in the UK set up to provide guidance and knowledge sharing for the construction industry. Based on the CIRIA research proposal (RP) 1146, the lead contractors RSK alongside a project steering group have been working on updating the C562 standard, published in 2002, to demonstrate good practice on the use of geophysics in ground investigations to be finalised in 2023. This workshop could be used to present the new standards for geophysical support of ground investigations.

Guidance objectives

  • Provide up to date guidance on the application of geophysics
  • Encourage good practice in the application of geophysics in ground investigations, looking at different scenarios through case study examples
  • Provide confidence for those commissioning or receiving a geophysical survey
  • Help identify the best time to use geophysics within a ground investigation
  • Allow clients to ensure they will be able to appoint and work with competent geophysics specialists
  • Encourage more research and development in the area of geophysics
  • Allow people to easily find relevant guidance on the subject
Preliminary Schedule
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Workshop 1 Digital Outcrop Modelling: From Subsurface Applications to Virtual Field Trips

Date:

8 Sep 2024

Time:

09:00 - 17:00 CEST

Room:

TBC

Convenors:

Jon Blickwede (Teyra GeoConsulting LLC, USA) David Hodgetts (VRGeoscience Limited, UK)

Overview

Digital Outcrop Models (DOMs) are precise three-dimensional digital representations of rock outcrops created from images captured by ground-based or drone-mounted sensors. These georeferenced models enable digital interpretations and integration with other geospatial data for applications such as outcrop analogue studies and virtual geological field trips.
The morning session of the workshop will cover topics such as data acquisition, processing techniques, visualisation strategies, digital interpretation, data integration, and case studies. The afternoon session will feature a hands-on course on digital outcrop modelling.

Participant profile

The ideal audience for this workshop would comprise:

  • Geoscientists and engineers who wish to use outcrops to refine subsurface models relevant to petroleum, hydrogen, and geothermal reservoirs, carbon dioxide sequestration strata, and aquifers. These professionals recognise the utility of outcrops in bridging the scale gap between seismic reflection profiles and well data, thereby providing critical insights into geological features that are not visible in typical subsurface datasets.
  • Geoscientists with a specialisation in stratigraphy and structural geology who use outcrop-derived data in their research. Utilising georeferenced DOMs, these geoscientists can make quantitative measurements—such as the orientation of strata, faults, and joints— from otherwise inaccessible portions of outcrops, increasing the size and statistical significance of quantitative field datasets.
  • Geoscientists that employ DOMs as a preparatory tool for optimising fieldwork plans. By utilising digital models, fieldworkers can prioritise key areas for on-the-ground investigations, thereby maximising the focus and efficiency of field visits.
  • Geoscientists interested in the digital preservation of significant outcrops for future examination and analysis. This is particularly pertinent for outcrops exposed during infrastructural developments like road and highway construction, which, especially in humid regions, are susceptible to rapid overgrowth of vegetation that obscures geological features.
  • Geoscientists who wish to create virtual field trips to important outcrops, offering a cost-effective and safe alternative to physical field excursions, and making field-based geoscience more accessible and inclusive.

At the end of this workshop, you will have an overview of digital outcrop modelling, and understand the basics of how to acquire, process, and interpret digital outcrop data.

DOM interpretation

DOM_St Ninians_UK

Drone surveying for DOM_Morrison Fm Utah_Blickwede 2021

 

Workshop 2 Transient Electromagnetic

Date:

8 Sep 2024

Time:

09:00 - 17:00 EEST

Time:

TBC

Convenors

Esben Auken (TEMcompany, Denmark)
Anders Vest Christiansen (Aarhus University, Denmark)
Pradip Maurya (TEMcompany, Denmark)

Workshop Description

This is a one-day workshop on the Transient Electromagnetic Method (TEM) for mapping shallow geology, providing an overview of theory and applications.

Transient Electromagnetic (TEM) is not a new geophysical method, but it has not gained as much attention as other methods like imaging with multielectrode systems or small loop frequency domain electromagnetic methods. This lack of popularity is likely due to the complexity and high cost of both the instruments and the interpretation software. However, with advancements in technology over the last decade, these issues have become things of the past. The method is now faster, easier to use, and the cost of instruments has dramatically decreased. In this course, we will explain how the method works, how measurements are carried out, and how they are interpreted. We will focus on imaging deep groundwater layers and addressing shallow monitoring issues.

The workshop includes:

  1. Basic understanding of how a TEM measurement works.
  2. Linking a case target to the optimal measurement configuration
  3. Measurements with single-site instruments, towed systems, and airborne systems
  4. Field demonstration of a typical modern single-site instrument
  5. Processing and interpretation of TEM data
  6. Real-world applications using single-site and towed TEM systems.
Start Description
9:00 Introduction
9:15 Basic understanding of how a TEM measurement works
11.00 Break
11:15 Measurements with single site instruments, towed systems and airborne systems
11:45 Linking a case target to the best measurement configuration
12:30 Lunch
13:30 Field demo of a typical and modern single site instrument
15:00 Processing and interpretation of data
15:45 Break
16:00 Real-world applications with single site and towed systems
17:00 The end
Workshop 2 Transient Electromagnetic

Date:

8 Sep 2024

Time:

09:00 - 17:00 CEST

Room:

TBC

Convenor

Esben Auken ((TEM company, Denmark)

Transient electromagnetic is one of the few geophysical methods which has taken a leapfrog development in the last decay.

Workshop description

This is a one-day workshop on the transient electromagnetic method (TEM) for mapping of the shallow geology, overview of theory and applications

Transient Electromagnetic (TEM) is not a new geophysical method but it has not really gained as much attention as other methods like imagining with multielectrode systems or ground conductivity meters. The reason is probably that both the instruments and the interpretation software has been hard to use and very expensive. With all the new technology which has reached the world in the last decay this is the past and the method is now fast, easy to use, and instruments has dropped dramatically in price. In this course we will explain how the method works, how measurements are carried out and how they are interpretated. We will focus on imagining of deep laying groundwater and shallow monitoring problems.

The workshop contains the follow blocks:

  1. Basic understanding of how a TEM measurement works
  2. Linking a case target to the best measurement configuration
  3. Measurements with single site instruments, towed systems and airborne systems
  4. Field demo of a typical and modern single site instrument
  5. Processing and interpretation of data
  6. Cases solved with single site and towed systems.

 

Participant profile 

This workshop is designed for a diverse group of participants who are interested in learning about the Transient Electromagnetic (TEM) method for various applications. Ideal participants include:

Professionals in Geology and Engineering: Those looking to utilize TEM for geological mapping, groundwater mapping, and engineering applications.

Researchers in near surface Geophysics: Individuals working in near-surface geophysics who are eager to expand their geophysical toolkit with TEM.

Students: Those keen to gain a comprehensive understanding of the TEM method, whether for academic purposes or future career use.

General Practitioners: Any participants who could benefit from incorporating the Transient Electromagnetic method into their professional practices for near sub-surface mapping.

This workshop is suited for both beginners and those with some experience, providing valuable insights in the latest TEM technology.

Workshop 3 From AEM Data to 3D Hydrogeological Conceptual Model

Date:

3 Sep 2023

Time:

09:00 - 17:30 BST

Convenors

Mats Gulbrandsen (I•GIS)
Tom Pallesen (I•GIS)

Groundwater mapping and hydrogeological conceptual modelling using Airborne Electromagnetic (AEM) data is a “hot topic”. The Geoscience team at I•GIS has for more than 15 years been part of the Danish suite of technical solution providers within the field of groundwater modeling and has extensive expertise and experience in this area.

This one day “hands-on” short course goes through the practicalities of building a 3D conceptual model from scratch using AEM data together with other geoscientific data types by combining cross-sections, GIS maps and 3D visualization in the interpretation process. The focus is how to get the most out of your AEM data. In addition to the traditional manual modeling techniques, we will introduce and go through examples on how to utilize Machine Learning tools in the modeling process – including clustering algorithms and the Smart Interpretation method. We will also work with statistical methods and tools to evaluate and quality check the interpreted model with respect to the available data.

The course will be a combination of short lectures and exercises, and at the end of the day the participants will have touched base with the main principles behind building a 3D hydrostratigraphic conceptual model.

For the exercises in the course we will use the GeoScene3D software package – To be able to carry out the exercises, the course participants will get free access to the software during the course. The participants are required to bring their own laptops with a reasonable graphics card, see more on https://www.geoscene3d.com.

The course material will be made available to the course participants prior to the course.

Preliminary Schedule
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Workshop 3 Hard Rock Physics

Date:

8 Sep 2024

Time:

09:00 - 17:00 EEST

Room:

TBC

Convenors:

Risto Kiuru (Rock Physics Finland Ltd, Finland )
Tuija Luhta (Geological Survey of Finland, Finland)

Workshop description

To fully understand and properly calibrate geophysical models, information on the physical properties of the rock mass is essential. Traditionally, literature and research on the topic has been quite heavily biased towards soft sedimentary environments. We propose a workshop on research and applications of rock and mineral physics in hard rock environments, specifically in the context of mineral exploration, mining and rock construction. Topics covered could include, e.g., laboratory testing of the physical properties of rocks and minerals, in situ physical property measurements, and application of physical property data to the development, calibration and interpretation of geophysical data and physical property models.

Participant profile

  • Researchers working on physical properties of rocks and minerals, both in the laboratory and the field
  • Students of the relevant disciplines
  • Practitioners using physical property data of rocks and minerals in their work
  • Practitioners that could benefit from using physical property data, such as those working with geophysical models or 3D physical property models

Draft schedule

10:00-13:00 On the first half of the workshop, convenors will present a compact introduction into rock and mineral physics, laboratory testing and further use of the data for those less familiar with the subject.

13:00-14:00 Lunch break

14:00-17:00 On the second half of the workshop, select participants will present their latest research and case studies. Adequate time will be reserved for discussion.

Workshop 2 The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog

Date:

0-0 Month 2023

Time:

00:00 - 00:00 est

Convenors

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Jane Doe (Company name)

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Preliminary Schedule
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