Doctoral Dissertations

Keywords and Phrases

GEOINT; Military engineering; Military geology


"This work examines the premise that military engineering and geological engineering are intellectually paired and overlapped in practice to a significant extent. Geological engineering is an established, albeit young, academic discipline that enjoys wide industry and civil demand and is supported by many professional organizations. In contrast, military engineering is an ancient, empirically derived training or "OJT" program with practice-based trade-associations that has narrow government-only utility. The premise is formed by decades-long observation of U. S. Army military engineer officers completing a Master of Science degree in geological engineering as a complement to their practice-based training in military engineering at the "Captains Career Course" of the U.S. Army Engineer School.

Almost everywhere has some existing data on the local geology for civil purposes, yet these are ignored, not accessible or not translated to military purposes. A description of the intersection between military and geological engineering is followed by comparison the practice of the geological and military engineer. Research and intellectual development is projected to fill current gaps in military considerations by geological engineers. Finally, steps to share these concepts and convince military engineers to adopt and extend the geological underpinnings of their profession are outlined. This work serves both a personal and professional interest. Previous personal work at the intersection of military scholarship and engineering underlie this premise"--Abstract, page iv.


Maerz, Norbert H.

Committee Member(s)

Anderson, Neil L. (Neil Lennart), 1954-
Rogers, J. David
Cawlfield, Jeffrey D.
Wiebe, Henry Allen


Geosciences and Geological and Petroleum Engineering

Degree Name

Ph. D. in Geological Engineering


Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

Spring 2019

Journal article titles appearing in thesis/dissertation

  • Building a GEOINT cluster in the greater St. Louis region
  • The tradecraft of artificial intelligence and machine learning
  • The army is always in need of water
  • Annotated bibliography for military engineers
  • Environmental security: Water
  • Personal development in the regiment and meeting the standard in civilian work
  • Research -- you -- energy


xv, 147 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographic references.


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Document Type

Dissertation - Open Access

File Type




Thesis Number

T 11556

Electronic OCLC #