Introduction to Environmental Geophysics
This 3-day course provides individuals who have little or no geophysical exploration experience with practical information to effectively design and supervise geophysical surveys during hazardous waste site investigations. These techniques can be used on Superfund or Brownfields sites or sites where decisions have to be made as to buried hazardous materials. The course focuses on plan design, types of equipment suitable for hazardous waste site characterization, equipment operation, procedures for safely collecting data, and the fundamentals of making simple interpretations of the data. It is intended for personnel responsible for inspections, site characterization, site investigations, and removal and remedial actions at Superfund and other potential hazardous sites.
The course is designed to be consistent with the EPA protocol and guidance documents entitled, Compendium of ERT Soil Sampling and Surface Geophysics Procedures, A Compendium of Superfund Field Operations Methods, and Data Quality Objectives Process for Superfund.
Topics that are discussed include field work plan development; procedures for the use of geophysical methods for field screening; procedures for collection of field data using magnetic, seismic, gravity, electromagnetic and resistivity instruments; geophysical borehole logging; ground-penetrating radar; and quality assurance considerations.
After completing the course, participants will be able to:
The course is usually offered at a specially-constructed field site. The course includes three half-day outdoor exercises. Participants should dress for field work; the exercises are conducted regardless of weather.
In compliance with Executive Order 13589 - Promoting Efficient Spending, Section 5; the ERTP will not be regularly printing or providing students hard copies of the course manual. Students may obtain an electronic copy of the student manual for personal printing or e-reading at:
Note: Scientific calculators are recommended.
THIS COURSE IS NOT OPEN TO CONSULTANTS, CONTRACTORS, OR ANY PRIVATE ENTITIES.
*This course is offered free of charge to all registrants who are confirmed to attend.*
IMPORTANT: ERTP’s receipt of a Trainex course registration is a Registration Request, it is not a Guaranteed Enrollment in the Course. All ERTP training courses require applicant registration thru the Trainex system. Last minute course arrivals without prior ERTP Trainex course registration approval is not permitted. Before ERTP issues final approval to deliver any course and/or any EPA offices incurring expenses for the training event (including but not limited to EPA staff travel TA’s and/or ERTP training contractor expenses incurred), all EPA mandatory pre-approvals must all be met. The pre-approvals include (but are not limited to) the following:
In the event a course is subsequently postponed or canceled, or notification of registration cancellation is received, all EPA travel arrangements (airline/car rental/hotel) should be canceled in a timely manner. Registered students will receive a notification via email if/when a course is postponed and/or cancelled.
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