Mount Sopris Instruments’ geologist, Taylor Weber, recently spent a week in Myanmar giving a training to the Department of Rural Development (DRD) on logging and data processing for groundwater applications.
Taylor also gave presentations to the Department of Geological Survey and Mineral Exploration (DGSE) for Myanmar and Geo Asia Industry & Mining Co. (a private mining company) on the benefits of our logging equipment for mineral exploration and characterization.
TRAINING WITH THE DRD:
“In accordance with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, the Department of Rural Development (DRD) of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation is undertaking sustainable rural development measures for the sake of improvement of quality of life of people and their living standard.
DRD is the focal department for rural development in Myanmar and is mandated to construct rural road and bridge, rural water supply and sanitation, rural electrification and rural housing and to enhance livelihood and income generation.”
The focus of the training with the DRD was to improve the rural water supply well construction. By implementing our equipment into their drilling program, they will be able to optimize their water supply well construction. Basic measurements like natural gamma, resistivity, SP & SPR allow the operator to draw inferences about:
- Bed boundary analysis
- Facies changes
- Quantitative geological formation properties
- Identification of Hydrostratigraphic units
- Aquifer thickness and Water quality
- Hydrocarbon intervals, Ore body zones, In-situ Uranium assay
- Fluid contaminant monitoring, Soil horizons, Grain size estimation
The availability of clean drinking water in rural areas is a primary responsibility of the DRD. You can see from the list above that even basic measurements collected from the 40GRP will allow the DRD to improve their program and bring clean water to the rest of the country.
The training with the DRD was two days long and included:
Day 1 – hardware training on the following equipment:
- MATRIX acquisition system
- 500 meter MXA winch
- 40GRP-1000 Resistivity and Gamma combination probe
- Field printer, notebook computer, battery, inverter, and accessories
Day 2 – data importing, processing, presenting, and interpreting using:
Overall, the trip was a great success. By bringing new equipment and technology into Myanmar and implementing it into their drilling program, we hope to improve the lives of people and the stewardship of natural resources worldwide through near surface geophysics.