G700 Graduate Level Field Seminar
3-D Structural Analysis

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NOTE: This course is physically demanding. Students should be in good health, capable of strenuous hiking on rugged terrain while carrying daypack and field gear.

EAS G700 3-D Structural Analysis is designed to provide an intense 12-day field based program taught at the Indiana University Geological Field Station. The seminar will focus on the creation of a 3-D model that can be studied and restored using state of the art software packages. The seminar will start with fieldwork on a well-exposed fold, locally referred to as the J-Fold, which is associated with the Sappington Thrust Fault.

Fieldwork will include stratigraphic work, field mapping, and the collection of data to construct a series of dip cross sections. Teams will be assigned to complete a suite of dip cross sections that will permit the creation of a 3-D model. The cross sections will be worked to provide first order balancing with eventual near-final balancing taking place as the teams work together to assure 3-D consistency. Field checking will be done continuously to resolve any questions or disputes. The latter portion of the course will involve the creation of a 3-D model.

  1. Getting to the Field Station: Students are responsible for making their own travel arrangements, either flying into Bozeman, or driving to the property. The Field Station is located at 633 S. Boulder Road, Cardwell, Montana 59721. Phone: 406-287-3323. Students who fly into the Bozeman airport will be met on arrival and transported to the Field Station.
  2. Dates: August 3-14, 2019. Arrive before 6:00 pm on Aug. 2 and depart after 4:00 pm on Aug. 14 (or the morning of Aug 15).
  3. Duration: 12 full days in the field, classroom and workstation lab
  4. Location: IUGFS and Hwy 2 J-fold field location
  5. Class size: 9 to 12 students and 2 faculty (Dr. Jim Handschy, and Dr. Bruce Douglas)

Students from any university are eligible for this course. G700 Structural Analysis is intended for graduate students but undergraduate students with appropriate experience may apply.

If you want to take this course, please send an email to Dr. Bruce Douglas expressing your interest along with a summary of your experiences, or complete the application form (link below).

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department of earth and atmospheric sciences
indiana university
1001 e. 10th st. bloomington in 47405

phone: 812-855-1475


field station address:
633 s. boulder road, cardwell, montana 59721
phone: 406-287-3323