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Short Courses

CSDCO/LacCore now offers FREE training courses in coring, core description and processing, core software, and more!  Courses are held at our Facility on the University of Minnesota Minneapolis campus and locally in the field.

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Winter/spring 2019 courses:

  • February 11-12: winter lake coring and core processing/description
  • February 13-14: core software
  • February 24: winter lake coring
  • March 11-12: core software
  • March 13-14: winter lake coring and core processing/description
  • April 26-27: core processing/description (expanded)

Summer/fall 2019 courses:

  • What would you like to see? Can we build a short course around your (your students', your lab's) needs and schedule? Get in touch!

See course descriptions below.

Based on the successful and highly-rated Drilling and Coring Summer Institute for early-career researchers, short courses are open to all, and are supported by the NSF award to CSDCO.  Participants are responsible for their own travel costs, and registration is required, but there is no cost for attending these courses

Ease of travel and other benefits (see for details):

  • MSP airport is a Delta hub
  • $2.50 light rail to/from MSP-UMN campus
  • Affordable lodging options
  • Great restaurants
  • Collegial and helpful staff and support for all project phases 

Interested in other topics and dates? Contact Amy Myrbo (; fill out our survey at; watch this space and CSDCO news for more courses. 

Course descriptions

Winter lake coring

This course is held on a frozen lake in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metro area. Instructors will demonstrate operation of all equipment and train participants on methods. The course is hands-on, and participants should expect to get wet and dirty.  The class will be held regardless of weather, with the unlikely exception of dangerous ice conditions. 

  • Augering holes in the frozen lake surface
  • Measuring water depth
  • Coring math calculations
  • Uniform core naming scheme
  • Using casing
  • Griffith, Bolivia modification, and MOCK drive rod piston surface coring
  • Pylonex HTH trigger gravity surface coring
  • Porewater extraction
  • Vertical subsampling/sectioning
  • Bolivia and Livingstone square rod piston coring

Schedule: Meet at CSDCO/LacCore at 7:30 AM to travel to lake. Bring your own breakfast, lunch, and beverages. Hands-on winter coring experience on a local lake, using various techniques including drive rod/square rod piston coring with casing, gravity coring, field extrusion and subsampling; guidance for successful and safe winter field work. Return to lab by ~6 PM.

Core processing/description

This course is held in the laboratory of CSDCO/LacCore. Instructors will demonstrate operation of all instrumentation and train participants on most methods. The course is hands-on, using cores from the repository or collected in another short course. The "expanded" version of this short course provides greater depth of training and discussion on the same topics. 

  • Whole-core multisensor core logger operation and data (gamma density, P-wave velocity, loop magnetic susceptibility)
  • Core splitting into working and archive halves
  • Surface preparation
  • High-resolution digital imaging
  • Split core multisensor core logger operation and data (point magnetic susceptibility, color reflectance)
  • Core correlation and composite depth scale generation
  • Macroscopic lithological description
  • Microscopic lithological description (petrographic smear slides, coarse fractions)
  • Tool for Microscopic Identification (TMI) website
  • Core software (Corewall/Corelyzer, PSICAT, Feldman) - basics of use
  • Archival core handling

Schedule: Meet at CSDCO/LacCore to begin at 8:30 AM. Coffee and tea available any time after 8. Breakfast and lunch on your own. Lab and workflow overview, multisensor core logging, core splitting and surface preparation, basic macroscopic and microscopic lithological core description, core correlation, free software for ICD, correlation, and composite depth scales. Finish by 5 PM.

Core software

This course is held in the classroom and in the laboratory facilities of CSDCO/LacCore. Instructors will cover software purpose, installation, loading data, common operations, exporting, and other methods as appropriate.  Ample time will be allowed for participants to work with their own data or example data to become proficient with the software, with instructors available for support.

  • Corelyzer (also called CoreWall) for visualization and correlation
  • PSICAT for core description and stratigraphic column generation
  • Feldman for generation of composite depth scales

Schedule: Meet at LacCore to begin at 9 AM. Coffee and tea available after 8:30.  Finish by 5 PM.