Scott D. Elrick

Associate Geologist and Acting Head
Coal and Petroleum Geology
13C Natural Resources Building
615 E. Peabody Ave.
Champaign, IL 61820


Major Responsibilities: 
  • Prepare computer-generated maps and data with information regarding mine locations, mined-out areas.
  • Updating and maintenance of Coal Section Stratigraphic Database, acquisition of new drill hole and mine data.
  • Mine visits and coal mine geology assistance to coal companies and others.
  • Coal geology and Stratigraphy.
  • Updating of active mine map database in GIS system in coordination with Office of Mines and Minerals.
  • Lead team member of OMM contract to keep mine, drill hole and mine geology data current in Coal Section database and the development of new GIS projects with OMM team.
  • Handle public requests concerning stratigraphic data in datbase and mine map database.
Research Interests: 
  • GIS computer applications, computer graphics applications, PC and Unix systems
  • Coal resources
  • Coal mining
  • Coal geology
  • Coal stratigraphy and resources
  • Coal mine geology


Current Research Projects: 
  • Development of 100K County Coal Structure maps for Herrin and Springfield Coals, and 500K state wide Coal Structure Maps for same.
  • Updating of new mine boundaries for active mines in the ISGS and OMM GIS database.
  • Mine visits and coal mine geology assistance to coal companies and others.
  • Acqusition of new drill hole data from companies, development of active mine visit program with team members including data collection and mine geology assistance for coal companies.
  • Coal Bed Methane work in GIS system with other section staff.