Web-Based Information Services Available from State Geological Surveys to Assist Your Well Contracting Business

Presented on Wednesday, November 30, 2011

State geological surveys are often store subsurface information for their states. This can include boring logs, well records from oil and gas exploration, water well records, and geophysical information. Advancements in geographical information systems (GIS) and enhanced integration capabilities have increased the ability of state surveys to compile and provide this information to users. Learn how these tools can provide valuable information for drilling contractors who desire to remain competitive. Learn how a nationwide geothermal database will provide web-based information on custom subsurface information to optimize the installation of geothermal heat exchange systems and improve understanding of subsurface geological conditions. This workshop will provide an update on information available from state surveys, as well as live demonstrations of some of the resources that are currently available over the web.

David R. Wunsch, Ph.D., PG
National Ground Water Association, Westerville, OH
Wunsch has previously served as a Congressional Science fellow, most directly with the U.S. House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources as the coordinator of the coalfield hydrology program at the Kentucky Geological Survey and as a geology instructor at Central Michigan University. He has been an adjunct professor at the University of New Hampshire and the University of Kentucky, and a visiting scholar at Dartmouth College.
M. Lee Allison, Ph.D., RG
Arizona Geological Survey, Tucson, AZ
Lee Allison was appointed State Geologist and Director of the Arizona Geological Survey in December, 2005. Previously, he served as State Geologist in Utah (1989-1999) and Kansas (1999-2004). During 2004-2005, he was Policy Advisor for Science and Energy to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas, and chaired the Kansas Energy Council from its inception in 2002 to 2005. Allison is active in science policy and public policy, especially related to natural resources, geologic hazards, and public engagement. He has extensive experience in petroleum and geothermal exploration throughout the U.S. He is co-founder of the Coalition on the Public Understanding of Science.

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