Responding to societal needs with 3D geology

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Tuesday, November 17, 2020 10:00 AM EST | 1 hour 30 min

Geological Survey Organizations (GSOs) have been helping society face economic and environmental challenges for over 150 years. The technological transformation of geoscience is presenting new opportunities for GSOs, and the wider geoscience community, to respond to the societal challenges of our time, and lay the foundation for a sustainable future. Three- dimensional geological modelling is providing a valuable tool for informed decision making and risk reduction – from planning urban infrastructure, managing ground water resources, and sourcing renewable energy. To capitalize on this capability, new data infrastructures are required to share and integrate information across government and the private sector.

This two-part webinar will feature leaders in the field, presenting the latest developments, and will be of interest to students, academics, private sector practitioners, and other government agencies.

This webinar is sponsored by the World Community of Geological Surveys (WCOGS).

Part 1: Geological Survey Organizations support societal needs: 3D geoscience

November 17, 2020, 10:00AM - 11:30AM Eastern Time (ET)

Moderator: Harvey Thorleifson, Director, Minnesota Geological Survey


  • Past, Present, and Future of Geological Modeling of the Subsurface, Keith Turner, Colorado School of Mines, CO, USA
  • An overview of current 3D modelling at GSOs, Kelsey MacCormack, Alberta Geological Survey, AB, Canada
  • Data Requirements Beyond the GSO, Holger Kessler, Geospatial Commission, Cabinet Office, UK
  • Enabling Societal Access and Use of Geoscience Data, Michiel van der Meulen, TNO, NL

Question and Answer session followed by Wrap-up

Part 2: Geological Survey Organizations support societal needs: 21st Century Challenges

November 19, 2020, 10:00AM - 11:30AM Eastern Time (ET)

Moderators: Kelsey MacCormack (Alberta Geological Survey) and Katie Whitbread (British Geological Survey)

A panel discussion among experts regarding challenges in the 21st century.


  • Session Objective and panelist biographies
  • Panel subject background
  • Panel Discussion
    • Environmental Modelling, Edward Sudicky, Aquanty Inc, Waterloo, ON, CA
    • Data Requirements, Helen Reeves, Jacobs, Leeds, UK
    • 3D Methods and Visualization, Roland Baumberger, Swiss Geological Survey, CH
    • Urban Applications, Scott Kuykendall, McHenry County Department of Planning and Development, Woodstock, IL, USA
  • Questions and Wrap-up