Here at GeoSonic we recognise the importance of supporting academia to assist in the development of future geoscientists when they enter into our industry be it as fellow contractors in ground investigation or remediation or become consultant engineers.
Following a discussion with Professor Robert Kalin; Professor of Environmental Engineering for Sustainability at Strathclyde University we decided to offer up the chance for him to bring across his students to gain some valuable experience observing a sonic rig in action, log soil and understand the processes of constructing monitoring wells in their many guises.
Further to this we have installed several wells to provide the guys with access to conduct additional hydrogeological training exercises which they have duly taken.
Hydrogeology Msc student Ross Clark perfectly expresses why we feel it is important to lend our support:
"For the aspiring geoscientist or civil engineer, field experience is a critical part of the learning experience. It provides context to the abstract diagrams and equations that we encounter in our lectures and textbooks, and allows us to gather manipulate raw data. I think hands-on experience is particularly important for student hydrogeologist, such as myself, as much of what we study is hidden: groundwater and aquifers are rarely directly observable, except through boreholes and springs, so getting into the field allows is an essential part of the learning experience.
Most boreholes in Scotland are privately owned, so gaining access to them (particularly for a group of unruly postgraduates!) can be problematic.
GeoSonic has been an excellent partner to the University of Strathclyde, by providing access for students on the Hydrogeology and Aquifer Mechanics MSc modules. Not only did they construct the boreholes, but they also provided us with a demonstration of the sonic drilling process and gave us a tour of their facilities.
We have subsequently been able to carry out a variety of aquifer tests, and this contributed towards the assessment for our modules – this is a much more engaging form of assessment than if we had simply been given the data to interpret.
GeoSonic’s willingness to engage with the next generation of geologists and engineers should be an example for other firms, as it ensures that we will graduate with a broad range of experience, which is a boon to them and their future employers. Field experience like this ensures that I – and my fellow students – will be competent engineers and scientist after we graduate, thanks to this collaboration between academia and industry."
Students from University of Strathclyde with GeoSonic’s Callum Whitelaw – Special Projects Manager and David Bailey – Assistant Driller.