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Thomas Rapstine


Country: USA
Degree Program: PhD, Geophysics
E-mail: trapstin@mines.edu


Curriculum Vitae



Thomas graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in geophysics from the Colorado School of Mines in 2013. He completed his Master's degree in geophysics at CSM in the fall of 2015 in the Center for Gravity, Electrical, and Magnetic studies (CGEM). His master's thesis focused on using spatially guided fuzzy c-means inversion to integrate gravity gradiometry data and seismic interpretations. Thomas joined CWP in the fall of 2015 under the guidance of his advisor, Prof. Paul Sava. The past three summers Thomas has been a teaching assistant at the Colorado School of Mines Field Camp helping conduct geophysical surveys to characterize geothermal systems around Pagosa Springs, Colorado. In summer 2013, Thomas was an intern in the Applied Reservoir Management (ARM) team at Chevron interpreting seismic data, seismic attributes, and well log data to characterize unconventional reservoirs. At his last internship in the summer of 2014 at Chevron, Thomas was a member of the Gravity Electrical and Magnetics group and helped develop depth to base of magnetic source maps using magnetic and gravity data in order to aid basin modeling.

Thomas enjoys painting, running, inversion, billiards, integrated geophysics, and road tripping.



Thomas is currently exploring alternatives for acquiring land seismic data without touching the ground surface. Recent developments in the field of computer vision, accompanied by improvements in video camera and drone technology, motivate his research and provide fresh opportunities to make an impact on seismic acquisition technology. The specific focus of his current research is on the feasibility of using stereo vision and so-called video motion magnification for deducing subtle ground motion from video.


Contactless seismic acquisition





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