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Department of Geoscience

Earth Science 118
2500 University Dr. NW
Calgary, AB T2N 1N4 Canada
T. 403.220.5184
F. 403.284-0074

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Facilities & Equipment

The Department has numerous computer facilities operating on its own local network and supported be the University's main IT systems. There are two full PC labs, local server clusters in a dedicated server room, and uncountable peripherals.

An industry-sponsored seismic exploration research effort within the Department (the CREWES project) operates many seismic and processing interpretation systems including an 130 processor Linux cluster.
Various industry software packages are available for use on the Department's computers supporting geophysics, hydrology, petroleum and petrophysics teaching and research. .

The University operates numerous advanced computer systems and workstations.


  • 64 monocular Leitz petrographic microscopes
  • 18 Zeiss Binocular Microscopes, fibre lighting
  • 18 Wild M3 Binocular microscopes, fibre lighting
  • 18 Leitz Binocular Microscopes, fibre lighting
  • 5 Wild M5 Binocular Microscopes
  • 10 binocular reflected/transmitted dual source petrographic microscopes
  • Dual teaching Wild binocular microscope
  • Javelin Chromachip CCTV camera, with Sony Trinitron TV monitor
  • Nikon Coolpix 4500 Digital Camera

Microscopy Imaging Equipment (Microscopes with adaptors for digital photography)

  • Lecia M400 Stereoscope
  • Leitz Laborlux petrographic microscope
  • Nikon Coolpix 4500 Digital Camera
  • Canon Powershot G6 Digital Camera
  • Associated computers and software

UCLEMA Electron Microprobe

  • JEOL JXA 8200 electron microprobe
  • Denton DV-502A evaporator
  • MR Semicon Lab One polisher
  • Edwards Sputter Coater S150B

Variable Pressure Scanning Electron Microscope

  • FEI Quanta 250 FEG-VP-SEM
  • Bruker SDD-5030 energy dispersive spectrometer
  • Gatan MonoCL4 cathodoluminescence detector
  • Alto 2500 Cryotransfer system

X-Ray Diffraction

  • Rigaku Multiflex X-ray Diffractometer
  • Clay Separation Equipment
    • Hotpack furnace
    • Edwards vacuum freeze drier
    • Sonics and Material Ultrasonic processor
    • Damon centrifuge

Rock and Mineral Preparation Equipment

  • Franz magnetic separator
  • Stuers PDM Force 20 and Roto Pol
  • Bico Disk Mill
  • Logitech section preparation systems
  • Various disk and wire saws, lap wheels, accessory equipment for sectioning
  • Coring machine
  • Grinder
  • Struers Grinding/polishing system
  • T.M. Engineering jaw crusher
  • Dayton small crusher

Geochemistry Equipment, AGg labs

  • Agilent GCMS (6890 GC and 5973n MS)
  • Thermo Electron, LTQ Mass Spectrometer and Surveyor LC system
  • Mettler Toledo professional balance MX5
  • Mandel, Biofuge Stratos centrifuge with SS-34 fixed angle rotator
  • SRI 8610C Gas Chromatograph

Geochemistry Equipment, PRG labs

  • Agilent GCMS (6890 GC and 5973n MS)
  • Thermo Electron, LTQ Mass Spectrometer and Surveyor LC system
  • Mettler Toledo professional balance MX5
  • Shell USA, latroscan MK-6
  • Mandel, Biofuge Stratos centrifuge with SS-34 fixed angle rotor
  • Brookfield DV-II cone/plate Viscometer
  • Brookfield R/S+ cone/plate Rheometer
  • Cambridge Visco2000 High Pressure High Temperature Viscometer
  • OTC 55 ton Hydraulic Press
  • SRI 8610C Gas Chromatograph

Geophysical Equipment


  • 600 channel Aries Seismic acquisition system
  • IVI EnviroVibe seismic source
  • Support vehicles (2 x cable trucks, 1 recording truck and 1 Vibe tender)
  • Bison II EWG seismic source
  • Betsy Seisgun seismic source
  • Geometrics Strataview 60 seismic recording system
  • 120 channel Geometric Geode system


  • Sensors and Software Pulse EKKO 100 GPR
  • Sensors and Software Pulse EKKO IV GPR
  • Sensors and Software Noggin 250 with SmartCart GPR
  • Sensors and Software Pulse EKKO Pro
  • Tektronics TDS420A oscilloscope (x 2)
  • Geonics EM31 ground conductivity meter with digital datalogger
  • Geonics EM 38 ground conductivity meter with digital datalogger
  • Scintrex ENVI magnetometer
  • CTS System SQUID Magnetometer
  • Worden Gravimeter
  • Wild T!A with Distomat survey equipment
  • Sokia Differential GPS
  • Time Domain Electromagnetic System


  • Chevrolet 4 x 4 1 ton flat deck
  • GMC 4 x 4 1 ton with cage

Rock Properties Equipment

  • Gas permeameter
  • Gas porosimeter
  • Uniaxial Press
  • Electo Hydraulic Pump
  • Strain measurement equipment (Keyence displacement sensors, Contact displacement sensors, associated computer and software)
  • Seismic velocity equipment (Ultrasonic PUlser/Receiver, Transducers, Load Cell pane meter, oscilloscope and associated computer and software)


  • Constant temperature oven\
  • Top loading balances
  • 36” colour plotter
  • 42” HP T610 colour plotter (research)


  • Physical modeling system (elastic and acoustical)
  • Blastmate Vibration detector

Microseismic Industry Consortium

  • A downhole microseismic field acquisition system manufactured by ESG Solutions including a toolstring assembly with 12 3-components geophones, a 2 km wireline and winch system, a Palladin data acquisition unit and thermo-electric generator to enable long-term passive seismic field deployments of up to one year. Note that this is the only university-owned microseismic field system in the world.
  • Alberta Telemetered Seismograph Network. Nine broadband seismograph observatories comprised of Trillium T-240 seismometers and Taurus seismograph units for data digitizing, storage and telemetered communications.
  • Five portable seismograph units that include Taurus seismographs, solar panels and Trillium Compact seismometers.

Hydrology Field Equipment

  • Trase 6050X/MiniTrase 6050S3K1 Time Domain Reflectometer
  • Kipp and Zonen Net radiometers
  • Campbell Scientific CSAT 3Sonic anemometer
  • Campbell Scientific KH20 ultraviolet krypton hygrometer
  • Campbell Scientific dataloggers (CR23X, CR3000)
  • Campbell Scientific weather stations

Library Facilities:

Research and study facilities are available in the Gallagher Library of Geology and Geophysics (in the Earth Sciences Building) and in the main University Library.


Calgary is located 80km east of the Rockies. The Department is across the street form the Calgary office of the Geological Survey of Canada and the Core Research Centre of the Alberta Energy Resources Conservation Board. The Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology is located about 1.5 hours away in Drumheller.