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The Geophysical Society of Pittsburgh is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the science of geophysics in the Appalachian Basin.

We are an official section of the Society of Exploration Geophysics (SEG).

Monthly meetings are generally held from September to May on the first Tuesday of each month at various locations around the Greater Pittsburgh area. However, be sure to check the event calendar as exceptions to this rule occur often.

All interested parties are encouraged to attend.

2014 GSP Scholarship Program Announced

Established in 2013 by the Geophysical Society of Pittsburgh, the purpose of the fund is to provide scholarships for a junior or senior undergraduate pursuing a BS degree with emphasis in geophysics and who is planning to attend graduate school where he/she will pursue a Masters or PhD degree with an emphasis in geophysics; or a graduate student in geophysics or on a geoscience tract emphasizing geophysics. In either case the student should be attending an accredited college or university in the northeast US within the boundaries of the Appalachian basin.
    Armstrong County Community Foundation (ACCF), administers the fund.  ACCF must receive the complete 2014 application packet by March 15, but you are encouraged to review the process early so you have time to assemble the required components, including information from three (3) references.
     Get started today! Click HERE.

Upcoming events

GSP September Meeting

September 9

Penn Brewery

Modified Curvature Analysis to Quantify Strain within the Marcellus Shale

Mr. Joel Starr

Understanding and quantifying regions of localized deformation within a black shale interval is extremely important when planning a horizontal drilling program. One school of thought states that pre-existing fracture networks, created by deformation, are advantageous as it creates conduits for the hydrocarbons to migrate to the well bore. The counter argument is that it would be more ideal to drill in competent, unperturbed rock as the hydrocarbons are still in place within the matrix. Pre-existing fractures would reduce the effectiveness of completions by allowing the water, injected into the formation, to dissipate (Douds, 2011).    DOWNLOAD PDF


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