Applied Subsurface Geological Mapping

Online /
Sep 26 - 27, 2023 /
Course Code: 14-0934-ONL23

  • Overview
  • Syllabus
  • Instructor


Please note, This instructor-led course has specific dates and times:
This course is held online over 2 days on the following schedule (All times in Eastern Time Zone):

10 am to 6 pm Eastern (Will include the usual breaks)

After participating in this course, you will be able to:

  • Better visualize subsurface materials and associated investigations
  • More efficiently utilize public information such as drill hole databases and mapping
  • Better utilize and design geophysical surveys and drilling
  • Better oversee inference of strata, structures, and properties
  • More efficiently support activities such as groundwater modelling and subsurface installations

This course is on accounting for geological materials that host underground structures, foundations, waste disposal, groundwater, geothermal, fossil fuels, mineral resources, and geological research. Topics will include survey design, data compilation such as drill hole databases, data acquisition such as geophysical surveys, inference of strata and structures, specification of properties, heterogeneity, and uncertainty for sediments and rocks, as well as applications to energy, mineral, and water resources, engineering, waste disposal, and research.

Course Outline

  • Introduction to geology, geological surveys, and subsurface geology
  • Mapping
  • Land surface surveys
  • Geophysical and geochemical surveys
  • Data compilation and acquisition
  • Inferences
  • Low-resolution geological mapping
  • High-resolution geological mapping
  • Information products
  • Applications in resources, engineering, and research
  • Summary

Who Should Attend

Engineers, geoscientists, and information managers who are involved in subsurface investigation, design, and utilization, including those who deal with:

Underground structures • foundations • slope stability • groundwater • oil and gas • geothermal • waste disposal • mineral resources

More Information

Time: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Eastern Time

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Introduction to Geology, Geological Surveys, and Subsurface Geology

  • Rationale, geological surveys, geological site investigations, international coordination
  • Geology, stratigraphy, soil


  • Information, spatial infrastructure
  • 2D geological mapping, soil mapping
  • 3D geological mapping
  • Law and economics of geological mapping
  • History of geological mapping and soil mapping

Land Surface Surveys

  • Elevation and bathymetry
  • Imagery and remote sensing

Geophysical and Geochemical Surveys

  • Magnetic and gravity surveys
  • Geophysical soundings
  • Geochemistry and geochronology’

Data Compilation and Acquisition

  • Public databases, and drillhole databases
  • Field geology, drilling, and offshore surveys


  • Implicit and explicit subsurface interpretations, geostatistics
  • Properties, heterogeneity, uncertainty

Low-Resolution Geological Mapping

  • Lithospheric mapping, global resolution, paleogeography
  • Continental and national resolution

High-Resolution Geological Mapping

  • Regional resolution, seamless, assessment
  • Urban resolution, underground structures

Information Products

  • Site reports, publications, standards, evergreen databases, stratigraphic databases
  • Evergreen databases 3D and digital twins

Applications in resources, engineering, and research

  • Oil and gas, geothermal, minerals, and groundwater
  • Hazards, engineering, underground space
  • Research applications


  • Synthesis


Harvey Thorleifson, Ph.D., P.Geo., D.Sc.,

Dr. Thorleifson is a University of Minnesota Professor. He holds geology degrees from the Universities of Manitoba and Colorado. He was a Geological Survey of Canada research scientist for over a decade, and State Geologist of Minnesota for two decades. He was President of the Geological Association of Canada, the Canadian Federation of Earth Sciences, and the Association of American State Geologists. He was a member of Canada’s National Advisory Board on Earth Sciences and the US National Geospatial Advisory Committee.

He is Chair of the International Union of Geological Sciences Commission for the Management and Application of Geoscience Information.

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Fee & Credits

$1295 + taxes

  • 1.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 14 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
  • ECAA Annual Professional Development Points

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