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LRRD rocks GSA’s 125th anniversary meeting

Better economic times and, thankfully, an end to the ridiculous federal government shutdown, boosted attendance at this year’s annual meeting of the Geological Society of America in Denver to well over 8,000.

We had a great time celebrating GSA’s 125th anniversary.  We met passionate geology professors and students and hard-working researchers and professionals, and we visited with old friends like Callan Bentley.  We now have nearly 170 Emriver models worldwide, and we were happy to see many Emriver owners in Denver.  We saw the effects of the recent floods first-hand (an important issue for us), and talked with scientists and residents in the area about what happened and how to rebuild.

Matt Kuchta explains how to make a 3D model of
topography in the Em2 using his Xbox Kinect

A highlight was Matt Kuchta’s setup in our booth.  After presenting his poster session on use of the Kinect sensor to measure geomorphic change in his Emriver Em2 model, Matt demonstrated digital 3D modeling with the Kinect in our models.  Matt also brought along his famous high speed camera and captured some cool video of water and particle movement in our Emflume1.

Many thanks to Matt for his interest in our models and for putting them to such good scientific use!

Anna Durrett talks coded modeling media with visitors in our booth at GSA 2013

This year’s GSA was the first conference for our new colleague Anna Durrett, and, as we expected, she did a wonderful job.  Anna also handled much of the complex logistics.  Thanks Anna!

Thanks also to students who helped in our booth—Bo Cherry, an IGERT fellow at SIUC, and Candice Passehl, Nora Dwyer, Sara Holden, Kyle Lewis and Catherine Vogel, students at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo.—we couldn’t have done it without them!

Steve, Alee, Nathan and Anna after a successful meeting!
Alee, Matt and Nathan talk tech in our booth at GSA 2013


Steve shows off stratigraphy formations in our Em3 at GSA 2013
There was a constant crowd in our booth at GSA 2013

GSA 2013 move out from Steve Gough on Vimeo.