All aboard survey vessel for MSc Geophysics students

All aboard survey vessel for MSc Geophysics students

MSc Geophysics students from the University of Aberdeen have visited Aberdeen harbour for a tour of geophysical survey ship The M.V. Fugro Galaxy, which has been operating worldwide since 2011.

The visit, which was organised by geophysical survey company Fugro and the Aberdeen Chapter of the  European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE), saw students receive a guided tour of the vessel where they were shown acquisition equipment, position monitoring, and onboard quality control (QC) and processing steps.

Students were also given the opportunity to discuss seismic data QC and processing with Fugro geoscientists and gain direct experience in the variety of key roles on a survey vessel.

Dr. David Cornwell, Senior Lecturer in Geophysics, added “This was a fantastic opportunity for our students that really brought to life the topics we teach in class.

“The MSc in Geophysics trains students with backgrounds in geology, geosciences, maths or physics in the breadth and depth of geophysics and its applications to real-world problems.

“Placing students in working environments as part of their training in technical subjects such as geophysics is as essential as classroom, fieldwork and laboratory sessions, and getting a ‘feel’ for a job can be the spark that ignites a successful career.

“I also now have much better first-hand examples to add to my teaching for next year and we are excited to have more opportunities to visit seismic and other vessels in Aberdeen harbour in the future.”

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