Near-Surface Geophysics; Geophysics for human life, Geophysics in the life of a human

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Date(s) - 10/04/2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

XXXX Brewery


ASEG Queensland Branch monthly meeting, talk presented by Koya Suto.

The meeting will be held in the XXXX Cinema, upstairs behind the restaurant and bar.

Geophysics covers a broad spectrum of physics of earth by varying scale and corresponding applications: for scientific knowledge (solid earth geophysics, for example), for economic interest (exploration geophysics) and for wellness of human community (engineering geophysics).

When I left the exploration industry, I learnt the near-surface geophysics, particularly in the MASW method.  In its application, I found a different aspect of application of geophysics: geophysics directly related to wellbeing of human life.  We meet the people who benefit from our geophysical surveys face-to-face.  This is a pleasure that I never encounter in the resource exploration, and changed my approach to the human community.

This presentation shows some of the projects I was involved in using the MASW method to improve people’s quality of life. These include a dam survey in Solomon Islands and a Geoscience without Borders project in Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.  At the same time, I present how I enjoy near-surface geophysics in my life.

A part of this presentation was given as a commemorative speech at the award ceremony of Harold Mooney Award of SEG’s Near-Surface Technical Section in New Orleans, October 2015.

About the Speaker:

Born in Japan.  B.E and M.E graduate in Exploration Geophysics from Mining College, Akita University.  Studied further in the University of Adelaide.

Koya first studied gravity, airborne magnetics and radiometrics for geological mapping and mineral exploration.  He worked for the petroleum industry as a seismic geophysicist for 25 years.

He translated “The Microtremor Survey Method” by Prof Okada, published in US by the Society of Exploration Geophysicists in 2003, and “Application Manual of Geophysical Methods to Engineering and Environmental Problems” published by EAGE in 2014.

Koya started Terra Australis Geophysica in 2003 to service the civil engineering and environmental industries with near-surface geophysical surveys using the surface wave seismic (MASW) method. Since then he has presented a number of case histories of MASW surveys in international conferences.

He served Federal Executive of the Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists (ASEG) for over 20 years including as President in 2013-14.  Through his involvement in ASEG and its international associates, he was awarded a Service Certificate from ASEG and Recognition of Merit from the Society of Exploration Geophysicists of Japan.  Koya was also awarded an Honorary Membership of ASEG in 2010, an Honorary Membership of Association of Geoscientists and Environmentalists of Serbia in 2015 and Harold Mooney Award of SEG Near Surface Technical Section in 2015.

Koya has served in the SEG Global Affairs Committee since 2005, and was chairman in 2014.

To attend, please RSVP to Megan Nightingale by 5:00 pm, Friday 7th April.

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