USGS Groundwater Information: Branch of Geophysics
OGW BG provides formal and informal geophysical training to USGS offices and staff. This page provides an overview of a recent District training event to give you an idea of the form and content of training you can expect from OGW BG staff. Because training is customized to address specific District needs, each training event is different: contact the Branch to discuss your particular training requirements.
Workshop on the Application of Geophysical & Discrete-Zone Monitoring Methods - Piedmont & Coastal-Plain Aquifers
Branch of Geophysics (BG) staff recently collaborated with National Research Program (NRP) personnel to offer a "Workshop on the Application of Geophysical & Discrete-Zone Monitoring Methods-Piedmont & Coastal-Plain Aquifers." This subject workshop was sponsored by the Northeastern Region and the Office of Ground Water and was held at the Virginia District office in Richmond, Virginia, on April 8-12, 2002.
This workshop emphasized the integrated use of geophysical and discrete-zone monitoring methods for the geohydrologic characterization of fractured bedrock of the Piedmont and sand-and-gravel deposits of the Coastal Plain. The workshop included a series of introductory lectures; field demonstrations and data collection; and hands-on, computer-aided analysis of the collected data.
Collection and analysis of such advanced geophysical methods as acoustic and optical televiewer, electromagnetic (EM) and heat-pulse flowmeter, EM induction, gamma- spectral, and full waveform sonic were presented. Calibration, maintenance, and repair of geophysical logging equipment were covered. Use of removable packers for water-level measurement and water-quality sampling from multiple discrete zones in boreholes was also discussed.
You can also read about and see photos from other past OGW BG courses and USGS project support.