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Calgary Branch Luncheon: Near Surface Geophysics in Search of Failing Dams, Dead Sea Scrolls, and the Hidden Stashes of Pablo Escobar

11:15 am - 1:00 pm

Register by April 14, 2019

Since 1990, Paul Bauman has carried out and directed near surface geophysical exploration programs on 6 continents. Notable archaeological investigations have included exploring for Dead Sea Scroll Caves, the mythological ancient city of Atlantis, gas chambers of the Sobibor Nazi extermination camp, a Holocaust escape tunnel in Lithuania dug by the "Burning Brigade," World War II mass burials, a first century bath house in Nazareth, and the tomb of Jesus in Jerusalem on the property of Joseph of Arimathea.

Recent locations of water resource exploration programs for humanitarian relief have included the Rohingya camps in Bangladesh, the massive Kakuma refugee camp in the Turkana desert of Kenya, and the villages of Northern Uganda destroyed by Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army. Some of the more significant geophysical targets in Western Canada have included mapping geohazards in glaciomarine clays and waste rock dumps, imaging the interior of earth filled dams, the direct detection and mapping of oil sand and shallow gas deposits, and the mapping of natural saline discharge zones along the entire reach of the Athabasca River through the oil sands deposits.

A number of these programs have been featured in television and movie documentaries, books, a Discovery Channel "reality" television series about hunting for the hidden cash, arms, emeralds, and drugs of Pablo Escobar’s Medellin Cartel, and even an off-Broadway play opening this March.

In this talk, Paul will briefly discuss the background, technical challenges, and outcomes of a few of these investigations. Besides describing the intriguing geoscience scenarios of each of the site investigations, Paul will clearly describe why the findings are important and of inherent interest to the wider audiences of PBS NOVA, the New York Times, Time magazine, National Geographic, and APEGA.

About the Presenter

Paul BaumanPaul Bauman, P.Eng., P.Geoph., is the founder and technical director of the geophysics group at Advisian (a division of WorleyParsons Canada Services Ltd). Paul earned a BScE in Geological Engineering and a minor in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University, and a M.Sc. in Earth Sciences from the University of Waterloo. Over the past 30 years, Paul and the geophysics group at WorleyParsons have pioneered many applications in near-surface geophysics, including in the areas of water exploration, salt water intrusion mapping, contaminant mapping, the direct detection of hydrocarbons, archaeology, geotechnical engineering applications, and the measurement of fundamental hydrogeological properties.

Paul has appeared in a number of documentaries and television series, including the National Geographic television special Finding Atlantis, two NOVA documentaries (Ancient Refuge in the Holy Land and Holocaust Escape Tunnel), the documentary Deadly Deception at Sobibor, the six episode Discovery series Finding Escobar’s Millions, the recently released The Good Nazi, and Finding Water, a documentary about a water exploration program in the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya. Paul was the recipient of the 2016 APEGA Community Service Summit Award.

WhereFairmont Palliser
133 9 Ave SW
Calgary, AB T2P 2M3
DateApril 17, 2019
Time11:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Registration: 11:15 a.m.
Lunch: 11:45 a.m.
Presentation: 12:15 p.m.
SpeakerPaul Bauman, P.Eng., P.Geoph.
Founder and Technical Director, Geophysics Group
Advisian (a division of WorleyParsons Canada Services Limited)

Member: $50

Non-Member: $60

Students: $25

Registration DeadlineApril 14, 2019

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