The SFMF currently houses a range of geophysical, GPS, surveying, water sampling and quality, and soil sampling instruments and systems. Many of these instruments have been donated by faculty for use in SFMF activities; in return the SFMF houses, maintains, and services the instruments. The remaining instruments have been purchased directly for the SFMF to host programs within the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences. The SFMF currently does not offer training on any of the equipment with the exception of the GPS units. As a result our services are limited to equipment loans for the time being.
The SFMF can provide loans of instruments subject to the following conditions:
I. The user is trained in the use of the equipment to the satisfaction of the SFMF manager. A number of the geophysical instruments (ground penetrating radar and electrical resistivity systems for example) require the user to be familiar with their use due to complexity of the systems.
II. The length of the standard equipment loan period should not exceed 2 weeks in duration. Longer instrument loan periods can be arranged, subject to availability, through consultation with the SFMF Manager (subject to increased ‘wear and tear’ fees, see below).
III. Priority for reserving instruments will be given in the following order:
• Teaching requirements (taught classes and field courses),
• Research projects by faculty and grad students,
• Research projects by undergraduates.
IV. The user agrees to pay a small ‘wear and tear’ fee to cover a portion of the ongoing costs for maintenance, service, and replacement of the instruments. The fee is calculated as 1.5% of the replacement cost of each instrument, up to a maximum of $500. The ‘wear and tear’ fee and replacement cost for each instrument are outlined in the table below. Instruments whose replacement cost is <$500 are omitted from the payment of the ‘wear and tear’ fee as their replacement is covered under the annual operational budget.
Equipment loans for teaching purposes are exempt from the payment of the ‘wear and tear’ fee.
The ‘wear and tear’ fee is based on a loan period of 2 weeks, loans exceeding this period will incur an additional 50% charge on top of the original ‘wear and tear’ fee.
The majority of these fees are equivalent to just the mobilization charge if users were to rent from a commercial company.
|Wear and Tear Fee|
|DualEM||1S||EM Induction Imaging System||$20,000||$300|
|Geometrics||G-856||Proton Precession Magnetometer||$7,500||$113|
|Geometrics||Geode 24||24 Channel Seismometer||$35,000||$500|
|Iris Instruments||Syscal R1+||Electrical Resistivity Imaging System||$40,000||$500|
|LaCoste & Romberg||Model G||Gravimeter||$50,000||$500|
|Sensors & Software||PulseEkko Pro||Ground Penetrating Radar||$70,000||$500|
|Sokkia||SET530 R3||Total Station||$13,000||$195|
|Trimble||GeoXT 6000||Handheld Field PC/GPS Receiver||$6,000||$150|
|Trimble||ProXT||GPS Receiver - Survey Grade||$3,000||$45|
|Trimble||Juno 3B||GPS Receiver - Mapping Grade||$800||$40|
|Fujitsu||Stylistic ST6012||Tablet Field PC||$3,000||$45|
|Juniper Systems||Allegro CX||Handheld Field PC||$3,500||$53|
|Panasonic||CF19, CF27, CF30||Toughbook Laptop||$5,000||$75|
|Geotech||Geopump 900-1280||Peristaltic Field Water Pump||$1,500||$23|
|Omega.com||Temperature Logger||Temperature Logger||$500||$8|
|Onset||Hobo Pendant Logger||Temperature Logger||$500||$8|