Woolpert contracted by USGS to perform geophysical surveys related to critical minerals, energy research and risk assessments in Arkansas

The company was selected to acquire data under this mission order following successful geophysical survey data collections in Virginia and North Carolina.

Danville, Ark. (April 4, 2022) – The US Geological Survey (USGS) has contracted Woolpert to conduct high-accuracy geophysical survey and subsurface geological mapping in Arkansas. The company will collect, process and deliver high-resolution airborne radiometric and magnetic data for use in geological framework studies related to critical minerals, energy resource research and geohazard assessments.

As part of this mission order, Woolpert will image the surficial and subsurface geology of 4,020 square miles in west-central Arkansas, which is the subject of a National Cooperative Geological Mapping Program project. This survey will be conducted by air to ensure seamless alignment with data collected in 2019-20.

This project follows Woolpert’s recent delivery of geophysical data collected over 6,029 square miles in Virginia and North Carolina. This information is used to evaluate potential critical regolith mineral deposits, analyze subsurface geology, and investigate the variable nature and structural characteristics of Virginia’s central seismic zone. The data will inform ongoing studies by the USGS; the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy; and the North Carolina Geological Survey.

Shelly Carroll, Woolpert’s geospatial market manager, said this type of exploration is critical to mineral and energy resource research, as well as geohazard assessments.

“Woolpert recognizes that the fine detail of acquired geophysical data is critical to modeling and interpreting the mineral structures of a landscape. Providing the highest quality data is critical for the scientists doing this work,” Carroll said. “The recent energy and supply chain issues caused by the pandemic have made the world acutely aware of our dependence on geological resources. We are honored to support the USGS in this much-needed effort to strengthen and expand geological mapping programs nationwide.

Woolpert has contracted with EON Geosciences, which specializes in high-resolution airborne geophysical surveys, to support its mission orders in Virginia and North Carolina. EON also conducted the initial geophysical survey in Arkansas, which this new survey will align with.

Geophysical survey data acquisition under this task order is expected to begin this spring.

About Woolpert

Woolpert is the premier architectural, engineering, geospatial (AEG) and strategy consulting firm with a vision to become one of the best companies in the world. We innovate within and across markets to effectively serve public, private and government customers around the world. Woolpert is an ENR Top 150 Global Design Firm, has achieved six consecutive Great Place to Work certifications and actively promotes a culture of growth, inclusion, diversity and respect. Founded in 1911 in Dayton, Ohio, Woolpert has been the fastest growing AEG company in the United States since 2015. The company has nearly 1,900 employees and more than 60 offices on four continents. To learn more, visit woolpert.com.

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