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Open Data Tech

StreetNames

Something that I have idly been pondering for a few weeks now has to do with the renaming of streets. Durban, the most populous city in KwaZulu-Natal has renamed a lot of them in the last decade or so. Since I mentioned it obliquely on Twitter (1, 2) earlier, I thought I would write it […]

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MSc Open Data

AfricaArray Field School – Day 19 – Final Presentations and Celebrations

To finish off the field school, everyone gave a presentation. The geophysics groups gave one on a particular scientific question, while the geochem people talked about what they had been up to. These were generally pretty cool, especially the geochem. This was mostly because I had no real idea what they had been up to, […]

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Geology MSc

AfricaArray Field School – Day 18 – MeerCAT Ladies and (even more) processing

This morning we had a very interesting talk from two consulting geophysicists, who formed a company named MeerCAT. (I can not find a website for some reason, but will try and add it if I come across it. The closest I have is a (LinkedIn profile)[https://za.linkedin.com/pub/lindsay-linzer-nee-andersen/6/b60/b79].) Something slightly unusual about this consulting company is that […]

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Geology MSc

AfricaArray Field School – Day 16-17 – GPR, UNESCO and processing

Day 16 – GPR, or mowing the pavement. This morning was an interesting overview of the uses and limitations of ground-penetrating radar (GPR), which looks like a really useful tool. This was given by (Red Dog Scientific Services)[http://reddoggeo.com/]. I can think of a couple times it would have been useful for the geotech work I […]

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Geology MSc

AfricaArray Field School – Day 14-15 – Game viewing and back to reality

Day 14 – Pilanesberg Today was an opportunity for the tourists to see somewhere new, including some animals, with a visit to the Pilanesberg Game Reserve. Since I have done a fair amount of game-viewing, I decided to give it a miss. Instead I met some old friends, and had a generally lovely day (including […]

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Geology MSc

AfricaArray Field School – The Field pt 2

Part two of the field component of the field school. Again, this is a collection of pre-written posts. AfricaArray Field School – Day 10 We had a bit of a rest day today, in order to collect samples to determine their physical properties. For some reason, each group needed ten samples of each lithology, of […]

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Geology MSc

AfricaArray Field School – The Field pt1

So connectivity for me was particularly poor out in the Dome, but I did write what happened, so here is the day-by-day, as I typed it up in the field. This is a long entry, so I will probably break it up into two. I will not put any photos in, because most of the […]

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Geology MSc

AfricaArray Field School – Day 5 – Requests for bids

This morning we started off with a discussion about the work happening here are Wits (and across the continent) regarding broadband seismology. This is really the “Array” part of the AfricaArray Field School. There are 50-odd permanent seismic stations across sub-Saharan Africa, which are used to investigate the structure of the earth. These things are […]

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Geology MSc

AfricaArray Field School – Day 4

I got a bit caught up in other things last night, so this is a day late. In any case, on with it! The day started with “Safety” Sue’s lecture about, well, safety. Most of the stuff is common sense, and a lot of it is relevant to how industry tends to do things. Things […]