Episode 44: Using geophysics to assess and monitor infrastructure

In this episode, host Andrew Geary speaks with Steve Sloan, special section coordinator for October’s The Leading Edge. October’s special section focuses on using geophysics to assess infrastructure: the roads, bridges, dams, railroads, tunnels, etc. that make life easier around the world. 

Steve and Andrew discuss how geophysics can be used to assess and monitor roads and bridges and geophysics’ role in planning and preserving infrastructure. Steve also highlights the four articles in October’s issue.

Interviewee biography

Steve Sloan is a Research Geophysicist at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center in the Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory in Vicksburg, Mississippi. He specializes in near-surface seismology, including high-resolution shallow seismic reflection, refraction tomography, and surface wave methods. His research has focused on the application of geophysical methods to defense problems and geophysical characterization of the shallow subsurface in austere environments around the world.

Steve received a B.S. in geology from Millsaps College (2003), and an M.S. (2005) and Ph.D. (2008, with Honors) in geology with a geophysics emphasis from The University of Kansas. He currently serves as the Past Chair of the SEG Near-Surface Geophysics Technical Section and is a member of the SEG Council and the Editorial Board of The Leading Edge.

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Interview: Steve Sloan

Original music by Zach Bridges. 

This episode was hosted, edited, and produced by Andrew Geary. Special thanks to the SEG podcast team: Jennifer Crockett, Ally McGinnis, Theresa Reichard, and Mick Swiney. 

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