University of Minnesota
(612) 626-7889
myU OneStop

College of Science & Engineering > Dept. of Earth Sciences > Limnological Research Center > LacCore

LacCore home page

Drilling and Coring Summer Institute

offered by LacCore and the Continental Scientific Drilling Coordination Office (CSDCO). The DCSI will be taught primarily by Dr. Amy Myrbo, with other LacCore/CSDCO staff and guest presenters.

Two sessions in 2016: June 13-24 and in August 8-19 | University of Minnesota, Minneapolis campus

A comprehensive two-week hands-on training course for graduate students, postdocs, and early-career researchers, especially those who will be involved in continental scientific drilling or coring projects in the next ~five years.

Participants’ costs are limited to personal transportation and some meals. Expenses for participant lodging (dorm room double occupancy), materials, field trips, equipment use, and LacCore/CSDCO personnel time are funded by the National Science Foundation.

Topics in the classroom and field may include, pending availability and participant interest:

Site selection and survey: Ground-penetrating radar (GPR), CHIRP seismics. Interpretation of geophysical data. Water chemistry profiling and sampling.

Project planning and management: workshop planning and execution, budget development, personnel and time allocation, equipment and sample import/export, contracting, preparation of NSF and ICDP proposals, field logistics, project management software, data management, core handling and field curation, post-field logistics, tracking, allocation.

Broader impacts: developing meaningful outreach, diversity, and education activities.

Coring and drilling equipment: Ekman dredge, HTH gravity surface corer, Griffith drive rod piston surface corer, modified Bolivia surface corer, Livingstone/Bolivia square rod piston corers, Nesje percussion corer, vibracorer, Kullenberg gravity piston corer, Winkie drill, diamond-bit wire-line drilling tools for soft and hard sediments, downhole logging, field subsampling and processing.

Initial core description (ICD): Multisensor core logging, core splitting, surface preparation, digital imaging, petrographic smear slides, coarse fractions, lithological description, core correlation and composite depth scales, facies interpretation, subsampling, curation. Free/open source ICD software (CoreWall/Corelyzer, PSICAT, Correlator).

Downstream analyses: Scanning X-ray fluorescence (XRF), environmental scanning electron microscopy (SEM), color analysis using digital images, age-depth modeling using Bacon software, tours of other UMN Twin Cities facilities.

To apply, fill out the form at by 11 PM Central Time April 1, 2016. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance status by April 15.

Enrollment is limited to 15 participants in each 2016 course. Additional courses of varying lengths will be scheduled in 2017 and beyond. Ad hoc individual and group training in any of the listed topics can be arranged with LacCore/CSDCO outside of this workshop as well.

Please contact with questions.

Print-friendly color flyer (5.9 MB)

The Drilling and Coring Summer Institute is funded by the National Science Foundation - Instrumentation and Facilities Program as part of the CSDCO cooperative agreement (NSF-IF-1338382).