128.079 Geophysical data acquisition
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2024S, PR, 2.0h, 2.5EC, to be held in blocked form


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 2.5
  • Type: PR Project
  • Format: Presence

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to plan and conduct geophysical surveys with standard methods applied in engineering and environmental investigations as well as  evaluate the quality of the measurements as well as pre-process the data for the inversion

Subject of course

This lecture introduces the basis of the geophysical mrthods relevant for the practical application in engineering and environmental investigations, namely:

  • Electrical methods: Vertical Electrical Sounding (VES) and Electrical resistivity Tomography ERT)
  • Electromagnetic (EM) methods: low-induction number EM imaging (EMI), transient electromagnetic (TEM)
  • Seismic Refraction Tomography (SRT)


Teaching methods

  • Practical experience on the realization of geophysical methods and conduction of field procedures under the supervision with experts on the field.
  • Hands-on learning on the use of modern geophysical instruments and handling of the data on the field
  • Self-organization and management in small teams for the efficient and successful conduction of geophysical measurements and the corresponding coordinates with geodetical methods
  • Self-management for the preparation of field protocols (with schematic representations of field geometries) as well as back-up and organization of the data for further processing and inversion
  • Use of python routines  for the visualization of the data and the evaluation of data quality


Mode of examination


Additional information

Registration in TISS

End of registration 22.03.2024

Organizatory meeting:
9.04.2024 between 13:00 and 14:00
In presence in Sem.R. DA grün 02 A - GEO

14.-17. May 2024  (1 day, the entire day).

22.-24. May 2024  (3 days, the entire day).

 Deregistration possible up to 10.4.2024



Course dates

Tue13:00 - 14:0009.04.2024Sem.R. DA grün 02 A - GEO Field trip - oorganization meeting
Course is held blocked

Examination modalities

  • Responsible work on the field during the entire campaign (mandatory attendace during all days at the field and the final presentation).
  • Final presentation about the field work and results (one for each group).
  • Delivery of the collected data properly organized and described, as well as the corresponding field notes.

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
02.02.2024 08:00 02.04.2024 09:00 10.04.2024 10:00

Registration modalities

Registration please in TISS


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
033 221 Geodesy and Geoinformation Not specified4. Semester


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