Subsurface exploration workshop set Oct. 30

2:58 p.m., Oct. 24, 2007--Tractors are a common sight on the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources' Newark farm. But on Tuesday, Oct. 30, a very different type of machinery will be turning up the soil in the fields. At a morning workshop called “Advances in Subsurface Exploration Methods,” Geoprobe brand soil-probing systems will be used to conduct subsurface sampling and testing of soil.

“Looking at samples from the subsurface is essential to be able to adequately describe the complexities of subsurface geology,” says Tom McKenna, an associate scientist with the Delaware Geological Survey. “This workshop offers a great opportunity to see demonstrations of direct-push drilling technology and exhibits of wire-line coring technology.”

The workshop is co-sponsored by the Delaware Geological Survey, UD's College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and Geoprobe Systems. It is geared to students, faculty, scientists and all others interested in the fields of geology, soils, groundwater and geotech.

“Many of our college's faculty and students are actively engaged in research related to the subsurface environment as it relates to water quality and water supply, remediation of contaminated soils and plant growth in agricultural and native ecosystems,” says Tom Sims, associate dean for academic programs and research in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. “Our college's Newark farm provides an ideal setting for this event that brings together scientists and professionals from many different disciplines and in industry.”

Continuing education credits will be available for Delaware registered professional geologists. The program is free but pre-registration is necessary. To register, call McKenna at (302) 831-8257 or e-mail him at [].

Article by Margo McDonough