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The BGS GeoSchool offers a wide-ranging programme of both field and classroom-based professional development training courses.

Contact our Learning and Development Co-ordinator for course fees, scheduling and availability.

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Environment and processes

Engineering geology Description and classification of rocks and soils for engineering purposes 145 kB pdf

This introductory course provides an understanding of how earth materials are described and classified for engineering purposes. It is based on the recently revised BS5930:1999 — Code of Practice for Site Investigation.

Groundwater Introduction to groundwater 60 kB pdf

This introductory course provides an overview of the main concepts of groundwater occurrence and flow.

Rainbow over valley Introduction to hydrogeology 153 kB pdf

Provides participants with a grounding in the principles of hydrogeology and the skills to make sound hydrogeological decisions including when to call in a specialist hydrogeologist.

Groundwater Introduction to physical hydrogeology 49 kB pdf

This course provides an introduction to the theory and practice of physical hydrogeology. The course is aimed principally at those involved in the geosciences and related disciplines with little or no previous experience of groundwater.

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Geoscience modelling

ArcGIS Introduction to ArcGIS for geoscientists 161 kB pdf

This course provides a ‘hands on‘ introduction to using ArcGIS for geoscientists.

Geovisionary Introduction to GeoVisionary 154 kB pdf

Aimed at geoscientists, environmental scientists and engineers who need to learn how to use the GeoVisionary 3D visualisation package for virtual field reconnaissance.

GoCAD Introduction to GoCAD 200 kB pdf

Provides geoscientists with an introduction to the GoCAD 3D geological modelling software.

Groundwater Introduction to groundwater modelling 50 kB pdf

Provides hydrogeologists and groundwater professionals with an introduction to all aspects of groundwater flow modelling from recharge modelling and the creation of a water balance through to setting up and running a groundwater flow model.

Zoom Modelling with ZOOM 50 kB pdf

Suitable for hydrogeologists and modellers wishing to gain an understanding of groundwater systems through the application of the ZOOM suite of object-oriented modelling software.

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Hydrocarbons and energy

Microfossil Biostratigraphy for non-biostratigraphers 78 kB pdf

The course provides an understanding of biostratigraphy principles, how to use the data, available tools, integration with other disciplines, and is suitable for geoscientists, post graduate students and management.

Drill core Core description workshops 145 kB pdf

Provides geoscientists with the skills to describe and interpret core material obtained from boreholes and hydrocarbon wells.

Seismograph Extensional tectonics in the field: Utah and Nevada 87 kB pdf

The course will equip participants with a three-dimensional understanding of the principles and geometries involved, allowing them to make rigorous, three-dimensionally sound, geological interpretations in areas of limited data and from spatially limited, remotely sensed datasets such as seismic sections, satellite imagery and air photographs.

Glacier Glacial sediments and glaciogenic reservoirs 221 kB pdf

Observe, describe, interpret and classify processes and products in a modern terrestrial glacial environment. 9–day fully residential course based in south-east Iceland within walking distance of Vatnajokull Europe's largest glacier!

CO2 Introduction to carbon capture and storage (CCS) 546 kB pdf

This course is recommended for consultancies, regulators, power and energy companies with an interest in the geological aspects of carbon capture and storage (CCS).

Oil rig Introduction to petroleum data management 49 kB pdf

Provides participants with an understanding of management issues pertinent to the main types of data utilised in petroleum geoscience.

Utah Introduction to sequence stratigraphy in the field: Utah 50 kB pdf

This course will enable participants to develop an understanding and appreciation of the role of sedimentology studies in building genetic sequence stratigraphic models and defining parasequences.

Seismic reflection Seismic reflection interpretation 276 kB pdf

Suitable for geologists who wish or need to become acquainted with the seismic reflection method.

Fossils Specialist training for biostratigraphers 151 kB pdf

Suitable for biostratigraphers who need focused training in unfamiliar fossil groups in order to undertake new projects and assignments. Training on a variety of fossil groups within the expertise of BGS biostratigraphy is available.

Utah Tectono-sedimentary architecture and modelling applied to exploration, carbon sequestration and fluid flow 238 kB pdf

Enables geoscientists to understand the relationship between facies development, tectonic control, fluid flow, fluid flow barriers, fault development and linkage.

Laboratory Training in non-acid palynological preparation techniques 48 kB pdf

This course disseminates information on palynology samples and preparation techniques that avoid the use of acids.

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Mapping and digital field data collection

Geological field surveying Geological field surveying 310 kB pdf

Designed for geoscientists needing to gain a practical understanding of the principles of geological feature mapping in the field.

Scotland Geological mapping in deformed terrains: foundation skills 62 kB pdf

This course is aimed at student and professional geologists who are expected to work, or anticipate working in regions where polyphase deformation and metamorphism have affected mainly meta-sedimentary sequences.

Lowland Britain Quaternary field mapping: Lowland Britain 165 kB pdf

This course is suitable for student and professional geologists, environmental scientists and geo-engineers who need to gain understanding of Quaternary mapping techniques.

Snowdon Quaternary field mapping: Upland Britain 286 kB pdf

This field course is suitable for students and professional geologists, environmental scientists, and geo-engineers wishing to gain a greater understanding of upland Quaternary deposits and the techniques used to map them.

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Remote sensing and photogeology

Map Introduction to photogeology and remote sensing 135 kB pdf

This course introduces participants to concepts and geological applications in remote sensing with an emphasis on aerial photography although other airborne and satellite imagery are also included.

Photogeology and SOCET Photogeology and SOCET 144 kB pdf

This course provides a practical introduction for geomorphological interpretation primarily using UK examples.

Satellite image Satellite image interpretation 201 kB pdf

The course introduces participants to concepts and geological applications in remote sensing with an emphasis on satellite imagery.

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Statistics for geoscientists

Jigsaw head Geostatistics 65 kB pdf

Provides geoscientists with a knowledge of how geostatistics can help with the analysis and interpretation of spatially distributed scientific data.

Graph Statistics for geoscientists: basic 51 kB pdf

Suitable for geoscientists who routinely work on the interpretation of dataset and wish to gain a basic knowledge of statistics or who would like to refresh their knowledge in this area.

Sampling design and interpretation of sampled data Sampling design and interpretation of sampled data 51 kB pdf

This course covers the principles and pitfalls of designing sampling programmes and interpreting sampled data.

Contact Training for course fees, scheduling and availability

Learning and Development Co-ordinator
British Geological Survey
NG12 5GG
E-mail: Training
Telephone: 0115 936 3185
Fax: 0115 936 3064