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Bac-Ho Consulting Project (Near-Surface Geophysics)

Gregory S. Baker
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University of Tennessee
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Summary

This objective of the lab is to have students think as much about sampling and survey design as the EM and GPR methods. Their goal of will be to design, execute, and report on a survey-using each technique-based on the fictitious objectives and constraints I outline.

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Context

Audience

Upper-level undergraduate/beginning-level graduate students.
Designed for a geophysics course

Skills and concepts that students must have mastered

Knowledge of near-surface geophysics survey design and tools (EM and GPR) plus ability to use straight-forward software packages and develop a final report and presentation.

How the activity is situated in the course

Part of a series of exercises to bring the classroom theory to practice.

Goals

Content/concepts goals for this activity

Find buried utilities in an efficient and thorough manner plus yield a coherent, clean final report and presentation.

Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity

Synthesis of idealized discussions on survey design, data acquisition, processing, and interpretation into a coherent project.

Other skills goals for this activity

Written and oral presentation of data, including the ability to defend decisions.

Description of the activity/assignment

This objective of the lab is to have students think as much about sampling and survey design as the EM and GPR methods. Students will draw on our discussions in class, and also draw on your own experiences and logic. Their goal of will be to design
a survey-using each technique-based on the fictitious objectives and constraints I outline. Students then present your data and interpretations in a written and oral report, and then create a revised plan based on your experiences in the field.
Addresses student fear of quantitative aspect and/or inadequate quantitative skills
Uses geophysics to solve problems in other fields
Addresses student misconceptions

Determining whether students have met the goals

Evaluation of final reports and oral presentation of results.

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