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National Geothermal Academy, Reno/ Nevada – Program 2019

Field Trip of the National Geothermal Academy (source: University of Nevada, Reno)
Alexander Richter 8 Mar 2019

The National Geothermal Academy at the Great Basin Center for Geothermal Energy at the University of Nevada in Reno has published its program for 2019 with two courses on geothermal geostatistics and geophysics taking place in June 2019.

The National Geothermal Academy at the Great Basin Center for Geothermal Energy at the University of Nevada/ Reno will be running again in 2019, with a geoscience focus:

Module 1: Geothermal Geostatistics
Dates: 10-14th June 2019 (Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm)
Instructors: Dr. Cary Lindsey and Dr. Whitney Trainor-Guitton.

This course aims to teach geoscience and engineering students and professionals how to perform exploratory statistical analysis on a variety of datasets relevant to geothermal exploration and production, as well as how to create 2D and 3D statistical models from these data. Participants will work in teams to complete exercises using industry-relevant data from geothermal sites around the world such as thermal data, fluid chemistry and alteration mineralogy. In addition to exercises throughout the course, the participants will work in teams to create 2D and 3D temperature and reservoir models using geostatistical methods as capstone projects. Participants will learn to design and carry out geo- and spatial statistics and visualizations in the R, ArcGIS, and SGeMS software environments.

Module 2: Geothermal Geophysics
Dates: 17th-21st June 2019 (Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm)
Instructors: Dr. Joe Batir, Dr. David Blackwell, Karen Christopherson, and Dr. Jeff Witter

This course aims to teach geoscience and engineering students and professionals the fundamentals of geophysical techniques commonly used in geothermal exploration and resource development, specifically thermal geophysics, magnetotellurics (MT), gravity and magnetics. In addition to traditional lectures and group discussions, course participants will complete hands-on exercises throughout the week to consolidate their learning.

Course cost: USD $1000 per module

  • Applications from students (2 credits per module) due by 24th May 2019.
  • Applications from professionals (certificate) due by 3rd June 2019.
  • Applications accepted only until course is filled (capped at 25 participants).

Download the course outlines here: