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The Geosciences Measurement Facility (GMF) includes electronic and mechanical technicians and shop facilities, field support vehicles, (including wireline and recording trucks), and a borehole test facility.
Berkeley Lab's Earth Sciences Division field work at the subsurface, atmosphere, and ocean is supported by the Geosciences Measurement Facility (GMF), a DOE-supported facility designed to develop and maintain a variety of geophysical and geoscience instrumentation and measurement equipment. For example, research on piezoelectric sources and borehole sensor arrays, as well as high-frequency seismic recording, has been supported by GMF for over 10 years. The GMF is the focal point for an extensive inventory of complex scientific equipment used for Berkeley Lab projects, with responsibility for the maintenance, upgrading, training, and field operations of this hard ware. The GMF will allow for management of the full complement of sophisticated field instrumentation and associated support vehicles necessary to test and develop a piezoelectric multisource phased array. The GMF maintains a state-of-the-art multidisciplinary field instrumentation facility in support of various environmental, geophysical, and hydrogeological research programs at Berkeley Lab. This facility also assists in development of new instrumentation and field methods for investigating the subsurface and its processes by providing professional in-field technical support for scientific staff and management of the complex and varied field studies required in scientific research programs. The GMF includes electronic and mechanical engineers as well as technicians, shop facilities, field support vehicles (including wireline and recording trucks), and a three borehole test facility.
The GMF is located at Berkeley Lab in Building 64 and operates under a high bay area and holds a machine shop, an electronics instrumentation work area, and testing facilities. The shipping and loading docks areas are wide enough to accomodate our vehicles and field equipment. There are two 60 foot steel cased test wells inside the GMF facilities for instrumentation testing and development (with 10-foot spacing). In addition, the GMF facilities also operate at a second location in partnership with the University of California's Richmond Field Station utilizing its test facilities with 13 wells in a 100 meter array, PVC and steel casing. Both locations require prior approval or escort before accessing the facilities and equipment. Required training may apply depending on your scope of work within this facility.
4X4 crew cab pickup with heavy duty all terrain tires and pipe rack
4X4 SUV with heavy duty all terrain tires
The GMF is open during general business hours when the staff are not on travel. For after hours access to the GMF, supervisors should send an email with the ID number of the individual requiring access, to the following points of contact: