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Positive Feedback on the State Geological Survey Contributions to the National Geothermal Data System

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Kim Patten

Over the summer AZGS has participated in select outreach activities and events to demonstrate the capabilities of the AASG State Geological Survey Contributions to the National Geothermal Data System (NGDS). Each opportunity rewarded us with valuable feedback and excitement over the potential of the system.

AZGS presented at the Geothermal Energy Association’s Geothermal Energy Technology & International Development Forum and National Geothermal Summit in Washington, DC and Reno, NV, respectively. These events allowed us to present the system directly to the geothermal industry, our prime target in developing the interoperable, distributed, and open-sourced system. Use cases and evaluations of the initial system are currently underway thanks in part to the feedback we received at these events. A demonstration of the system, presented at the Geothermal Energy Association Summit in Reno, NV August 16 and 17 is available here.

DOE Peer Review

The AASG project also had its annual sponsor review over the summer. The Department of Energy held the annual peer review in Bethesda, Maryland in early June 2011. As the recipient of the largest Analysis Program Area project awarded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), all eyes were on the project. During the review, AZGS was evaluated on four criteria including the Relevance/Impact of Research; Scientific/Technical Approach; Accomplishments, Results, and Progress; and Project Management/Coordination. Each criterion was graded from a 1 (Poor) to 4 (Outstanding). AZGS only received scores ranging from 3 (Good) to 4 (Outstanding). Below are select comments made by the reviewers:

“This project has definitely made a significant impact on DOE’s mission and goals. The project has evolved exceptionally well and has addressed many difficulties in attempting to achieve its stated goals.”

“The approach taken by the PI and research team has been exceptional…The technical approach taken by the PI is remarkable, reasonable, and logical.”

“Results are already extensive and impressive.”

“This is a strong, well-managed project.”

“The most visible strength was the outstanding project management.”

A full Project Description with links to the review presentation materials is available on the DOE Geothermal Technologies Program page.

Upcoming Events

AZGS will participate in the following events representing the AASG State Geothermal Data Project

  • Geological Society of America 2011 Annual Meeting & Exposition, October 9-12, 2011, Minneapolis, MN, Booth 403 with the Association of American State Geologists
  • Geothermal Resources Council Annual Meeting & Geothermal Energy Association Geothermal Energy Expo 2011, October 23-26, 2011, San Diego, CA Booth 222
  • American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, December 5-9, 2011, San Francisco, CA, Booth 1139

Track progress of the project, by state or by data category, using the new interactive map and system-wide report.

Kim Patten

Project Manager
Arizona Geological Survey

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