This 1-day course provides individuals who have little or no geophysical exploration experience with practical information on the strengths and limitations of the three most used geophysical techniques on hazardous waste sites. It is intended to introduce the students to the magnetics, electromagnetics, borehole geophysics and ground-penetrating radar methods for site characterization and waste location. It is intended for personnel responsible for inspections, site characterization, site investigations, and removal and remedial actions at Superfund sites. The course focuses on simple plan design, types of equipment suitable for hazardous waste site characterization and equipment operation for the three methods and characteristic data displays.
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.
Instructional methods include: lectures, group discussions, and outdoor field exercises that give students a chance for some hands-on use of the more common geophysical instruments; such as Frequency Domain and Time Domain electromagnetic instruments, Cesium Magnetometer and Ground Penetrating Radar unit.
After completing the course, participants will be able to:
Describe the various geophysical methods available for shallow environmental characterization
Describe the advantages and limitations of the magnetic, electromagnetic, borehole geophysical logging and ground penetrating radar methods in environmental applications
Operate geophysical instrumentation under field conditions
This course includes a half-day outdoor exercise, using the instruments outside of the hosting facility. Participants should dress for field work. The exercise is conducted regardless of weather.
Continuing Education Units: 0.7
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
Unless otherwise specified, THIS COURSE, AND OTHER ERTP COURSES, 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.*
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• Training location’s availability;
• COVID status and/or other COVID Guidelines in effect for the location, as well as staff;
• Agency limitations, scrutiny, and approvals of ‘Conference Spending Requirements (known as the “5170”)’ for the specific training course(s) scheduled delivery timeframe;
• Weather (blizzard, hurricane, etc);
• Contractual number of available course training slots;
• EPA training location staff having priority registration over all other registrations; and/or
• Hosting site Training Coordinator approval.
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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