The Use Of Computer Workstations In The Study Of Environmental Geology: Integration Of Geophysical And Geologic Data


Geophysical techniques coupled with the modern computer workstation have not been widely used in environmental geology. The Kansas Geological Survey is investigating the application of the computer workstation in a number of projects involving environmental questions and problems associated with salt dissolution. In addition to modifying available techniques originally developed for computer-aided exploration and development of hydrocarbons, several new applications unique to shallow subsurface characterization are being developed. All applications are capable of addressing environmentally related questions at various scales from site specific characterization to regional aquifer mapping. In this study various geophysical and geologic methods are used to image the shallow subsurface (O-100 m). These methods utilize a modified computerized interpretation system and include high-resolution seismic reflection (2-D and 3-D), vertical seismic profiling (VSP), ground-penetrating radar (GPR), and color image transformation and treatment of the transformed wireline log data as "seismic" (i.e., pseudo-seismic) traces. The computer workstation approach allows efficient, detailed, and integrated geological and geophysical subsurface studies to be performed.


Geosciences and Geological and Petroleum Engineering

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01 Jan 1995