North-Central AEG Short Course

Twenty-four students and professional engineers and geologists from around the United States and territories participated in a North-Central Section Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists (AEG) short course, "A New World of Surface Geophysics," sponsored by the AEG North-Central Section, Northern Illinois University (NIU) Geology Department, Illinois State Geological Survey (ISGS), and the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, The short course was held May 18-19, 2010, at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois, and was led by Phil Carpenter (NIU), Timothy Larson (ISGS), and Ahmed Ismail (ISGS). The course included

  • detailed lectures on practical geophysics,
  • hands-on demonstrations of six types of modern surface geophysical methods and data interpretation, and
  • methods to contract and valuate geophysical work, including which specific items should be delivered.

The participants remarked that the short course was a good learning experience and that it should be offered again to permit colleagues to benefit from the practicum. Chair of the AEG North-Central Section Kevin Richards (FERC) organized the short course. Christopher Stohr (ISGS), AEG North Central Section Secretary and the short course organizing committee, served as emcee.