Archive for October, 2013

Accretionary Wedge 61 – What do I do?

Mika, over at GeoMika is asking what everyone does on a day to day basis. So, since this might be useful for other people, here goes. I work for a small geotechnical engineering company. My background is normal, academic, geology (plus computer science, but that is another story), so I have not really studied for my job. Much of the fieldwork is similar, although there is a far greater focus on “soft” geology, and soils. On a day to day basis, I could be doing one of three things, essentially. Fieldwork Reporting Proposals and general admin Just as an aside, since most of the readers of this post are likely to be non-South Africans, I have no idea how general my experiences are. I think that a bigger company would be much more compartmentalised, whereas everyone where I work does a little of everything. Fieldwork This is a major part of my job. Usually at least two or three days in every two weeks will be spent out of the office. The places we cover vary, from the middle of town looking at an existing shopping centre to a couple hours off the last tar road in the bundus. Usually […]


Call for posts – Accretionary Wedge, Geollowe’en Edition

In the absence of anyone more suitable, I am going to be hosting the November Accretionary Wedge. It being November’s, it will be Hallowe’en themed, or much more appropriately, Geollowe’en (which works pretty well with my accent at least). So, keep an eye out for the geological pumpkins, rock candy (that is a thing, right?) and trick and treating trilobites in order to share them here. This call for posts is a bit early, in order to allow people to keep an eye out in a few weeks. Deadline to be around 14 November-ish? I am not really sure that I will have much to post myself, since South Africa does not do the whole Hallowe’en thing in any sort of seriousness, let alone Geollowe’en, but I look forward to what other people have spotted. Comments are open on this post.