Students in the School of Geology, Energy & the Environment have access to a wide variety of facilities and technical tools related to their particular field.
Computer Labs – A number of Macintosh and Windows-based computer labs are available for student use. Geological/petrological, statistical, GIS (ARCInfo and other software), image processing and cartographic software packages are available.
Rock Prep Lab – A lab with rock saws and other equipment is available for specimen production.
Microscope Lab – Several rooms with research microscopes are available. Equipment includes:
- Nikon Eclipse LV Pol 100 microscope for highest level of optical quality, operability and stability for polarizing microscopy
- Leica Z16 APO macroscope: Manual 16:1 Macroscope for detailed documentation, measurement and evaluation
- Digital Sight DS-2Mv camera (works on both the microscope and microscope).
- Olympus BX51-P microscope with Petrog automatic counting stage
Handheld XRF/XRD – A handheld Brucker XRF and a portable TERRA XRD/XRF analyzer are available.
Bat Lab – Includes a bat flight facility for observing bat behavior, thermal and night vision cameras, a wide variety of acoustic surveillance and mist netting equipment, and up-to-date video and acoustic analysis software.
Paleontology Lab – A small paleontology lab is available with storage and limited preparation facilities.
Rock Strength Equipment – includes:
- 2 Equotip portable hardness tester (Model: EQUOTIP BAMBINO 2) to estimate rock strength
- Hand-held indentation devices to estimate rock strength
- PLT-110 DIGITAL POINT LOAD TESTING SYSTEM. Digital Point Load Testing Apparatus to measure the point load strength index
- PLT-100-ULT ULTRASONIC VELOCITY MEASUREMENT SYSTEM: Ultrasonic Velocity test system for automatic measurements of P wave velocities through rock specimens.
- Morehouse Calibration 225,000 pound Load Cell installed on the GCTS 1000 kN (224809 pound) Unconfined Testing System
Costa Rica Field Station – TCU’s San Ramon Tropical Research Station in Costa Rica is administered through TCU’s Institute for Environmental Studies.