Integrated Teaching Approach for Senior Geophysics Project                                           Ali Osman Oncel, PhD ...
The electrical survey took less time than the seismic          employment, not only in Saudi Arabia but throughoutsurvey, ...
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  1. 1. Integrated Teaching Approach for Senior Geophysics Project Ali Osman Oncel, PhD Earth Sciences Department King Fahd University Petroleum and Minerals 31261, Dhahran, SAUDI ARABIA - Contemporary theory of learning requires a cooperation between University and Industry to enhance thequality of research so that it meets the needs of qualified people in industry. Such cooperation has begun between theEarth Sciences Department of KFUPM and the Schlumberger Dhahran Carbonate Research Center. Based on thisfirst initiative, the Earth Sciences students at KFUPM are encouraged to learn the industrial approach and standardsin the acquisition of field data.Key-Words: Cooperation, Senior Project, Comprehensive Theory of Learning1 Introduction program, but this new project gave them an opportunity A faculty member and students from the Earth to deal with field data acquisition in the light ofSciences Department of KFUPM visited the SDCR Schlumbergers long-term experience. The field work(Schlumberger Dhahran Carbonate Research Center) and took three days: (a) two days on Seismic Refraction, andgave a presentation on the objective of Senior Projects (b) one day on Electrical Methods.based on previous experience [1]. We informed theindustrial colleagues about the facilities of Software and 2.1. Field Data Acquisition from Seismic SurveyInstruments at the Earth Sciences Department (ESD). The Field Schedule for the seismic refraction survey wasThe presentation by Dr. Oncel as a Course Instructor decided by the team as 6am -5pm. A deploying modelincluded a summary of previous Senior Projects done by for 32 geophones was conducted through the profile (seeundergraduates. Schlumbergers presentation, given by Figure 3). The first day involved the students in the hardone staff, underlined their interest in possible bilateral part of geophysical surveys, namely digging holes tocooperation to help meet the industrial needs for deploy the “Geophone” sensor (see Figure 4). Fivemanpower. A research topic was negotiated, based on students took one day to dig 32 holes. Although thethe mutual interests of university and industry. The upper level was a trench full of loose sand, the lowerchosen title for the bilateral research is “The integration level was very hard. The students realistic experience byof surface seismic data with geo-electric data”. digging through soft to hard ground, but they could have been given an advanced instrument for digging faster, The present work aims to provide tomograms for the rather than simply using hammers.subsurface geology, based on seismic and electric data. Finally, the components of the geophysical surveyThose geophysically derived tomograms will be were checked (see Figure 6) to assess the quality of data.compared so as to explain the underlying geology. Thus Noise (interference) was detected by the seismic system,the seismic and electric data will serve to integrate the and the students sought its source. When they found thatvelocity and electric response due to unknown it came from man-made movements such as traffic, theysubsurface geology. This method is comparable to a asked for these to be stopped. (see Figure 8).hospital where various types of evidence are integratedso as to minimize diagnostic errors. For similar reasons, 2.2. Field Data Acquisition from Electric Surveywe applied well-known geophysical methods withadvanced geophysical instruments to obtain subsurface The Earth Sciences Department had purchased angeological tomograms. instrument (IRIS, Syscal R1 Plus) for acquiring data on resistivity. Thus the students in this senior project had the opportunity to conduct the Departments very first work on resistivity tomography (see Figure 7). The IRIS instrument has great flexibility to apply2 Data Acquisition: Student’s learning different types of electrical arrays for ground surveys.Previously undergraduates had gained only limited field Thus, two types of array methods were applied and eachskills on data acquisition through their geophysical student had a chance to create his model individually.
  2. 2. The electrical survey took less time than the seismic employment, not only in Saudi Arabia but throughoutsurvey, since electrical currents as a source are applied the world.directly to the ground. Acknowledgements: I thank Dr.Shaibani, Chair of ESD, for supporting my interaction with industry and the other faculty’s involvement in their fields of expertise. My3. Report and Presentation appreciation is extended also to Dr. Qahwash, who As a part of course policy, students have responsibility supervised the students in the electrical field survey, andfor submitting their reports regarding their analysis of to Dr. Cesar Barajas-Olalde and his colleagues fromfield data and possible calculated models for interpreting Schlumberger due to their great contribution in the Fieldsubsurface layers of geology through survey profiling. Data Acquisition. My appreciation is Extended toThe students on this project used an inversion program Mr.Birkett from DAD for his review of present paperto convert the seismic and electric data to characterizechanges in 2D seismic velocity and resistivity for a References:certain depth of geology. The influence of geological [1] Oncel, 2007. Effective and Creative Senior Project fordepth is directly related to the total length of the survey Geophysics, presented in Schlumberger-Dhahran.profile. In this project, the depth for studying the was about 35 meters since the survey lines total 2007.pdflength was limited to 160 m (see Figure 3). The students had a good opportunity to gain experience [2] Software, manuals and sample data as used for thein using professional programs such as SeisOPT 2D and present project.Res2Dinv. Such programs have been tested frequently accepted routinely for data analysis of geophysical mlmethods. They thus provide a good worldwide standardfor the credibility of geophysical studies involving data [3] Tutorials on the use of professional software foranalysis and geophysical tomography. The manuals and enhancing the students interactions.sample data, together with software, are given to the [2]. Tutorials on applied methods for their mlproject were presented in class and provided through theclass web-page [3]. [4] Students presentations on their fieldwork. Following their report, the students had a further duty to course policy) to present their work to all faculty, s_2007.pdfstaff and students. For each of their presentations (see [5] Illeris, K., Towards a contemporary andFigure 9) the Earth Sciences faculty and Schlumberger comprehensive theory of learning, International Journalstaff provided suggestions and comments [4]. of Lifelong Education, vol 22, 4, 396-406. FIGURE CAPTIONS4. Integrated Teaching Approach The Earth Sciences Department of KFUPM firstly Figure 1: A) Dammam dome in the eastern region ofconducted a new model for cooperation between the Saudi Arabia B) Survey profile (Courtesy ofDepartment and the outside industry (Schlumberger), Abdurrahman Al-Shuhail).which is an case work for contemporary andcomprehensive theory of learning [5]. The students Figure 2. Diagram showing the steps in cooperationbenefited very much from conducting this new senior between KFUPM and Schlumberger.project model by undertaking an advanced fieldexperiment with industrial realism. This integrative Figure 3. A) The survey model for deploying geophonesapproach for interaction with industry provided a very (blue geophones) and sources (red stars). B)Profile linegood opportunity not only for the students but also for in the field area.the faculty. We believe that our experience as the Earth Sciences Figure 4. Upper figures showing a student digging andDepartment may strengthen relations between KFUPM another student moving with geophones. Lower pictureand industry. Thanks to the integrated approach, the showing geophones.improved teaching will enable graduates of KFUPM togain priority for better jobs and careers in Earth Sector
  3. 3. Figure 5. A) Interaction between Student and IndustryStaff for connecting cables. B) Geodes and Battery. C)Cables for connecting geophone to recorder.Figure 6. A) Seismic Recorder B) Test data is checkedfor entire deployed geophones C) Test data D) Firstinterpretation regarding recorded data.Figure 7. A) Students deploying electrodes for the sameposition as geophones deployed. B) Students started totake data readings.Figure 8. Student tried to convince worker to stop noise.Figure 9. A) Students waiting for questions regardingtheir project after presentation. B) Students concernedabout something before presentation. C) Facultysvaluable comments to help progress of students work.D) Faculty added comments and suggestions as timepermitted.