New EAGE Publication: Recommendations for the Safety of People and Instruments in Ground-Penetrating Radar and Near-Surface Geophysical Prospecting
This book offers an in-depth overview on the risks associated to Ground-Penetrating Radar (GPR) and Near-Surface Geophysical Prospecting, providing the reader with practical recommendations for the safety of people and instruments.
The book stems out from the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) Action TU1208 "Civil Engineering Applications of Ground Penetrating Radar" (www.GPRadar.eu). It also benefited from the significant contribution of renowned experts not involved in the Action.
Among the main topics dealt with in the book, the reader will find:
- general recommendations for a safe prospecting and minimal safety equipment to be brought in the field;
- specific advice for experimental campaigns carried out in challenging environmental situations;
- appropriate precautions related to specific kinds of GPR applications;
- dangers associated to electromagnetic emissions and European regulations for GPR manufacturers and end-users.
The book includes a short medical first aid guide as well, which is specifically conceived for near-surface geophysical prospecting. Suggestions for correct use and safe transport of the equipment are finally provided.
Read more here.
Near Surface Geoscience - special topic in First Break August 2015
Near surface geophysics – from seismic and Ground Penetrating Radar techniques for urban and microzonation studies to latest developments in time lapse ERT – is truly a diverse field.
A. Arato et al. present latest developments in electrical resistivity in shallow applications. The results confirm that ERT surveys can be adopted as a monitoring tool for shallow geothermal applications.
Dario Albarello et al. describe the regulatory framework for seismic microzonation in Italy and present the promising results of the use of seismic measurements, with particular regard to surface wave analysis.
E. Forte et al. present an overview of recent applications of GPR, in glaciology and snow characterization and demonstrate that GPR surveys enable the measurement of snow depth with an accuracy of about 10%.
Mauro Giudici et al. discuss the capabilities of hydrogeophysical methods to map the hydrostratigraphic structure and the heterogeneity of the subsurface and demonstrate that key to success is ‘integration’ of geological and geophysical data.
S. Piro et al. demonstrate how geophysical techniques are invaluable for finding, restoring and managing the jewels of Italy’s cultural heritage.
Alessandro Santilano et al present applications of electromagnetic and direct current methods for the geothermal exploration in Italy and show how EM geophysical methods are useful for the exploration of shallow and deep geothermal resources.
S. Stocco et al. present a project to obtain different surface waves of data along a wall, using a single seismic array. The results demonstrate the reliability of time-lapse surface wave data analysis to assess the ground after consolidating works.
Madrid EAGE 2015 honours achievements in geoscience and engineering
This year’s Awards Ceremony at the 2015 EAGE Annual Meeting, presented by Mohammed Alfaraj and Philip Ringrose, once again acknowledged some of the great scientific work carried out by EAGE members, also recognizing in some cases their special contribution to the Association and the geoscience community in general. As ever, the Awards committee is to be thanked for its dedication to the difficult task of selecting from many deserving nominees the 2015 award winners listed below.
Conrad Schlumberger Award
Presented to a member of the Association who has made an outstanding contribution over a period of time to the scientific and technical advancement of the geosciences, particularly geophysics.
Ludger Mintrop Award
Meng Heng Loke and co-authors Torleif Dahlin and Dale F. Rucker
Awarded to the best paper in Near Surface Geophysics entitled: ‘Smoothnessconstrained time-lapse inversion of data from 3D resistivity surveys’.
Source First Break July 2015