Geological Science and Engineering

Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering
Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering

Facilities & Services

The Department is well-equipped for research with standard research tools expected in an Earth Science department, but also hi-tech and specialized research equipment available, as summarized below.

State of the Art Labs & Equipment

Departmental Facilities

  • Stable Isotope & ICP/MS Lab (QFIR)
  • Electron Microbeam & Biogeochemistry Lab
  •  40Ar/39Ar Geochronology Lab
  • Computational Geomechanics Lab
  • Geomechanics Imaging Lab
  • X-Ray Diffraction and Clay Mineral Lab
  • Networked Computing Facilities
  • Thin-Section/Rock-Cutting Lab

40Ar/39Ar Geochronology Lab

(Dr John Hanes, Dr Doug Archibald)

  • Age-dating facilities based on the Argon-Argon dating method.
  • Age Range: 100,000 years and older
  • Suitable material: Hornblende, micas, and feldspars commonly are used, and some volcanic rocks and slates are suitable for analysis as whole rocks..
  • Laser microprobe: one MAP 216 mass spectrometer, on-line computer data collection and analysis, and an ultra-high vacuum argon extraction system using either a LEXEL 3500 argon laser or a NEW WAVE 30W CO2 laser with a facetted lens or a resistance furnace for the heating of sample.

Computational Geomechanics Lab

(Dr. Mark Diederichs, Dr. Jean Hutchinson)

  • Mutliple multi-core workstation laboratory with state-of-the-art geomechanical, geotechnical and geoenvironmental software including RocScience (PHASE2,DIPS,EXAMINE3D,SLIDE,SETTLE3D,etc), Itasca (FLAC2D, FLAC3D, UDEC, 3DEC, PFC, PFC3D), Plaxis, ModFlow, ArcGIS, Rockware, CAD
  • Full waveform micro-seismic system for acoustic measurement for rock testing
  • Access to shared state-of-the-art rock testing facilities

Geomechanics Imaging Lab

(Dr. Jean Hutchinson, Dr. Mark Diederichs)

  • LEICA HDS6000 (ultra high speed, high res, phase-based) Lidar imaging system
  • Optech ILRIS3D Long-Range (time-of-flight) Lidar system
  • Polyworks, Cyclone, Split-FX, Vulcan Software and high-performance workstations

X-ray Diffraction and Clay Mineral Lab

(Dr Ron Peterson)

  • Panalytical X’pert Pro Powder diffractometer
  • Panalytical High Score Software, including Rietveld analysis
  • International Center for Diffraction Data database
  • International Crystal Structure database
  • Multi-phase mineral identification and quantification
  • Standard clay separation and identification

Networked Computing Facilities

  • Earth Systems Information Laboratory which is well equipped with geological software including ER Mapper, ESRI (Arc/view), and GOCAD++ three-dimensional geological visualization packages.
  • Image processing and print production facilities (600 dpi postscript laser printer, LFR personal slide maker, and hi-res scanner).
  • TCP/IP Networked Pentium and Workstation-class computers
  • Internet access

Thin-Section/Rock-Cutting Lab

  • In-house facilities for making thin-sections, polished thin-sections, and microprobe mounts
  • Slabbing saws, trim saws, and polishing equipment
  • Rock crushing equipment