As this week comes to an end, I find it hard to believe that the summer is already 2/3 of the way over. These past two weeks I have been working with sample data in SPW3 to figure out how to convert files and apply the geometry. Although my progress has been slow, and I have been finding difficulties with the program, I am moving forward and beginning to understand the system a bit more every day.
Last week, I went up to the test site with another man who works at NSTec, Ryan, and we hiked to some seismic stations to switch out their memory cards. Although it was extremely hot for our first hike, it cooled down significantly as we moved up into the mesa for some great hiking, beatiful views, and some wildlife siting.
We began the vibroseis survey this week, although we have had some setbacks. We laid out the line with 144 geophones and started with the mini-vibe 12 stations off the back of the first geophone. Each shot was 5 meters apart, inbetween the geophones. However, the cushion on the minivibe popped twice, and there was only one spare. After replacing the cushion the first time, we had no spares left for the second time it popped, so we had to call it a day. We should have more cushions in soon and will be going out at the beginning of next week to complete the survey. Although we didn't have all the data, it gave me a couple of files to play around with on SPW and start making SPS files to apply the geometry.
Las Vegas continues to surprise me. I had been told that forest fires were not a big danger out here because there is not much vegetation, yet there is currently a huge wildfire burning up 25,500 acres on Mt. Charleston, just outside of the city. It makes for some spectacular yet terrifying views but also smoky air when you walk out of the house. In addition, it poured today on my way to work, in the middle of the desert. I guess you never know what's going to happen next in Vegas!
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