Arizona Geological Society

Jim Reed Presents - Applying Geological Exploration Methods Towards the Location of Clandestine Gravesites

  • 04 Sep 2018
  • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Sheraton, 5151 E Grant Rd. (& Rosemont), Tucson AZ 85712

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Sponsored by:   RockWare, Inc.

Applying Geological Exploration Methods Towards the Location of Clandestine Gravesites

by Jim Reed, NecroSearch International

Abstract -In 1988, NecroSearch International, a non-profit organization, was founded to provide the international law enforcement community with scientific assistance in locating clandestine gravesites related to homicides.  Thirty years later, NecroSearch has assisted police and district attorneys with more than 300 cases in 40 states on four continents.  Although geology is just one of many different disciplines that are provided by NecroSearch volunteers, this presentation will focus on how geological exploration methods have been applied towards solving crimes.  

Examples of the following geological topics as applied towards actual homicide investigations will be presented:

  • Computer Methods (e.g. multivariate grid and block modeling)
  • Drone-Based Methods (e.g. LIDAR, MAG, Multispectral Imagery, Thermal Infrared)
  • Geochemistry (e.g. soil gasses, alternate light source detection)
  • Geomorphology (e.g. subsidence and soil dessication)
  • Geophysics (e.g. electromagnetics, ground penetrating radar)
  • Geotechnical (e.g. compaction and penetrometer surveys)
  • Hydrogeology (e.g. surface and groundwater flow and evidence transport)
  • Mineralogy (e.g. tracing minerals to source locations)
  • Paleontology (e.g. urbanite index fossils as time horizons)
  • Stratigraphy (e.g. Steno’s law of superposition and soil mixing)


More information may be obtained at www.NecroSearch.org.

Bio -Jim Reed is the Director of R&D at RockWare, Inc, a geological software development and consulting company with offices in Golden, Colorado and Lugano, Switzerland.  Prior to founding RockWare in 1983, Jim worked at NASA, Arch Coal, Freeport, AMAX, and Wold Minerals.  Jim received his geological education at the University of Wyoming and Washington University in St. Louis.  He is currently a councilor with the Colorado Scientific Society and a volunteer with NecroSearch International.  Over 30,000 individuals, corporations, universities, and government agencies on all continents use Jim’s software products.

 

 



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