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Research Facilities

Departmental Lab Facilities


Virtual Earth Research Facility - resources include:

  • Multi-core workstations with GPU acceleration, solid-state drives, and teraflop performance for numerical analysis and visualization in computational geodynamics. Software includes Abaqus (finite element analysis) and IDL (general-purpose data analysis).
  • Computer lab with PC workstations for 15 users, with ArcGIS and ENVI software, a large format roll scanner and a large format ink jet plotter

    Intructions for installing the Student Edition of ArcGIS10

  • Linux workstation for processing satellite-based radar data (InSAR)


Subsurface Geology and Geological Engineering Laboratory - resources include:

  • Computer lab with PC workstations for 15 users, with the Schlumberger software packages: Eclipse, Petrel, PIPESIM, Techlog, and Ocean.

Geomechanics Laboratory  - resources include:

  • Equipment includes soil shear box, Roctest point load devise, Schmidt hammers, rock-shear strength apparatus, fiber optic strain and thermal sensors

Other Departmental Laboratories

  • Ground water laboratory with digital and analytical modeling capabilities
  •  Sample processing lab with rock saws, rock crushers and polishing wheels
  • Optical petrology lab with research quality optical microscopes and imaging software

Major Field Equipment and Facilities
  • On-campus operational well field with data loggers and transducers
  • Van-mounted geoprobe unit
  • 10 Trimble Juno SB GPS units
  • 3D photogrammetric camera system
  • Ground-based LIDAR camera 
  • Ground-probing radar
  • Hydrologic analysis system
  • Portable wind tunnel
  • Mobile drilling rig

Other Research Facilities on-campus
  • Biogeochemistry Core Facility houses modern, cutting-edge instrumentation to support student and faculty ecological and environmental research.
  • Engineering Mining Experiment Station provides analytical and technical services that include x-ray diffraction, 3D x-ray microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, scanning probe microscopy, analytical chemistry and elemental analysis, fluid inclusion microthermometry, and visible and near Infrared spectroradiometry.
  • The Museum of Geology consists of two distinct components: the public museum and the James E. Martin Paleontology Research Laboratory (MPRL), the latter of which houses four research labs and over 500,000 geological and paleontological specimens.
  • Sanford Underground Research Facility provides a dedicated deep underground research laboratory for physics, biology, geology and engineering research.