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Geological Laboratory, Faculty of Geology, VNUHCM-University of Science

Laboratory of Gemology

Gemology Laboratory (C21) Nguyen Van Cu campus, was established to teach Gemology majors, in the bachelor’s training program in Geology and majors in Mineral search and exploration, and Geotechnical Engineering.

The laboratory has standard sample sets of diamonds, rubies, saphyrs, emerals,  amber… etc and typical fine art stones.

20 Japanese stereoscopic equipment, 05 GIA gemological microscopes, 02 density scale, 01 UV light

Laboratory of Petrology and Minerals

Laboratory of  Petrology and Minerals

Laboratory of Petrology and Minerals (C02 and A201) Nguyen Van Cu campus and Linh Trung campus – Thu Duc, including Meiji ML polarizing microscope equipment (40 equipment) and polarizing microscopes and mineral general ML9430 (10 equipment).

01 Sample processing room, including sample grinding, sample cutting and sample breaking equipment.

01 set of models of mineral properties.

01 set of samples of typical minerals in the earth’s crust.

Standard thin section sample of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks.

Naked-eye petrographic samples of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks.

Typical mineral samples.

Function and misson:

Training: serving the teaching of magmatic and metamorphic petrology subjects; sedimentary rocks, in the Geology and geological engineering training program.

Scientific research and transfer of science and technology: the laboratory accepts processing and analysis of thin slices of solid rock and mineral samples. Receive appraisal of geological samples at home and abroad.

 

Laboratory of GIS and Remote sensing

1. General information

Laboratory name: Laboratory of GIS and Remote sensing

Address: Room C01, 227 Nguyen Van Cu, Ward 4, District 5

The laboratory of GIS and Remote sensing was established in 2001 at the Department of Fundamental Geology, Faculty of Geology, University of Science, Ho Chi Minh City.

2. Functions

    • Training practical courses, experiments related to remote sensing, geographical information systems (GIS), information technology for geology students.
    • Researching and applying remote sensing and GIS technologies in geological survey, mineral exploration, geological hazards.
    • Building databases, digital geological maps, simulating geological structures in 3D models for research and teaching.
    • Researching the application of information technology in analysis, simulation and calculation of geological and hydrogeological processes.
    • Compiling textbooks and documents on remote sensing, GIS, specialized computer science in geology.
    • Providing technical support and consulting on the application of information technology for units inside and outside the university related to geology.
    • Collaborating on research with schools, universities, institutes, and businesses at home and abroad in the field of information technology in geology.

3. Research orientation

  • Applying remote sensing and GIS technologies in geological survey, geological mapping, mineral exploration.
  • Studying the fabrication of 3D terrain models for geology teaching and learning.
  • Developing specialized applications and software for analysis and calculation in engineering geological survey, hydrogeology.
  • Researching the application in analysis and forecasting of hazardous geological processes.
  • Building databases for resource and environmental management.
  • Researching GIS technology to integrate and exploit geological data and information from various sources.
  • Applying remote sensing technology to monitor terrain dynamics and hazardous geological phenomena.

4. Equipment

  • 21 desktops with specialized graphics cards for complex geological computing and modeling.
  • Topographic map data at 1:50,000 scale in Southern Vietnam.
  • Hard drives for storing remote sensing imagery and satellite images.
  • A3 printers and A3-A1 scanners specialized for large geological maps and images.
  • Specialized software: ArcGIS, QGIS, MapInfo
  • High precision GPS positioning equipment.
  • Projector systems for teaching and presentations.
  • Geological mapping equipment: terrain drawing, stratigraphic columns, etc.

Laboratory of Marine geology and Petroleum

1. General information

Name of the laboratory: Laboratory of Marine geology and Petroleum

Address: Block C – Room C12, University of Science – 227 Nguyen Van Cu Street, Ward 4, District 5, Ho Chi Minh City.  

The Marine geology – Petroleum laboratory was established on the basis of merging two Sedimentary – Marine Geology laboratories and the Petroleum Geology laboratory.

2. Function

– Support undergraduate and postgraduate training for majors of the Faculty of Geology

– Carry out scientific research projects at all levels, cooperate in implementing projects on marine geology, sedimentology, and petroleum geology.

3. Research fields

There are 3 main research fields

  1. Marine geology: Coastal and deep-sea geology, coastal geological processes, assessment of coastal geological hazards, proposed coastal zone planning. Coastal marine minerals (placer, glass sand, etc.), deep sea (ferromanganese ore, polymetallic mud).
  2. Petroleum geology: Interpretation of seismic data, well geophysical data, oil and gas geochemistry, mine technology, geological models in oil and gas.
  3. Sedimentology: Lithology of sedimentary rocks, sedimentary depositional environment and facies, sedimentary basin evolution, and sedimentary minerals.

4. Equipments

The laboratory is equipped with a system of analytical equipment serving the following research directions in marine geology, petroleum geology, and sedimentology:

– Gas chromatography analyzer

– Total organic material content (TOC) analyzer

– Polarizing microscope

– Microscope to analysis paleontological samples

– Furnace

– Oven

– Centrifuge

– Crusher

– Water distillation machine

– Instruments for sedimentological analysis

– Drill set for sediments

– Computers serving specialized training in the petroleum geology

Laboratory of Hydrogeology - Engineering Geology

1. General information

Tên phòng thí nghiệm: PTN. Địa chất Thuỷ văn – Địa chất Công trình

Tên tiếng Anh: Laboratory of Hydrogeology – Engineering Geology

Address: Block D – Room D04 – Linh Trung, Thu Duc District, Ho Chi Minh City. 

2. Function

– Serve for training undergraduate and postgraduate for majors of the Geology Faculty.

– Carry out scientific research projects at all levels on Hydrogeology – Engineering Geology and Environmental Geology.

3. Research fields

  • Applied scientific research in 03 specialized fields:
    • Hydrogeology
    • Engineering Geology
    • Environmental Geology
  • Including:
    • Soil machenical experiments
    • Water experiments
    • Investigating and Field testing
    • Geodesy

4. Equipments

The laboratory is equipped with a machinery system to analyze water and soil parameters such as:

  • 3-axis soil compacting machine
  • Rock compacting machine
  • Soil compacting machine
  • Soil cutting machine
  • Equipment for measuring water level and taking water samples
  • Total stations for Geodesy
  • Sample drying cabinet

5. Images of laboratory activities

Laboratory of Geochemistry and Environmental geology

1. General information

Tên phòng thí nghiệm: PTN. Địa hóa và Địa chất Môi trường

Tên tiếng Anh: Laboratory of Geochemistry and Environmental geology

Address: Block C – Room C11 – 227 Nguyen Van Cu Street, Ward 4, District 5, Ho Chi Minh City.  

  • The field of Environmental Geology is formed from the combination of three main groups: Applied Geomorphology, Economic Geology, and Engineering Geology. These groups are concerned with minimizing disasters, exploiting resources, and foundation issues in construction. Since 1980, the rapid and strong economic development has led to environmental issues related to human resource exploitation.
  • The research direction of Environmental Geology was born to help identify the causes of these issues and find ways to minimize their negative impacts.
  • In 2000, based on the foundation of the Hydrogeology – Engineering specialization, the Environmental Geology specialization was established to train human resources to meet the social demand in this field.

2. Function

– Support undergraduate and postgraduate training for majors of the Geology Faculty.

– Carry out scientific research projects at all levels on Hydrogeology – Engineering Geology and Environmental Geology.

3. Research fields

  • Applied scientific research in 03 specialized fields:
    • Hydrogeology
    • Engineering Geology
    • Environmental Geology
  • Including:
    • Environment of soil and water related to construction projects
    • Management of geological environmental resources
    • Disaster reduction
    • Pollution reduction
    • Concrete corrosion experiments
    • Soil and water pollution experiments.

4. Equipments

The laboratory is equipped with a machinery system to analyze water and soil chemical parameters such as:

  • Spectrophotometer UV-Vis
  • Centrifuge machine
  • Oven
  • Shaker machine
  • Drying cabinet
  • Fume Hood
  • Sample storage cabinet
  • Water distiller
  • pH meter
  • Sediment sampling equipment
  • And some field measurement equipment for pH, EC, TDS, DO, and turbidity

5. Images of laboratory activities

Measure the height of coastal terrain, hand drills to take sand samples, measures water levels of wells and collects groundwater samples in Can Gio area, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam in the rainy season of 2020

K2020 students practice the Environmental Geology subject

Laboratory of Exhibition room for collection, Storage and Preservation of Geological specimens

Geological museum belong Faculty of Geology was established in December 2019 under the laboratory name “Exhibition room for collection, storage and preservation of geological specimens” according to Decision No. 2136/QD-KHTN.

Function and mission:

The geological museum has the function of collecting geological and mineral samples for training purposes.

Establishing standard sample collections on geology and minerals of the South Vietnam and towards the whole of Vietnam.

– Comprehensive research on the geological heritage of islands, archipelagos, and continental shelf in Vietnam.

– Research geological heritage in geological measurement plans (basic surveys) of the Geology industry or in nature conservation research projects.

– Assess regions’ typical geological resource potential with specific geological structures, serving the construction of outdoor Geological Museums.

– Research geological heritage, natural heritage in populations of cultural heritage sites, historical museums, etc.

– Commercial exchange of products that the geological museum has.

– Inspection and analysis of samples in the fields of geology, gemstone and art stones.

Research, market, and manufacture standard sample sets to serve the needs of high school students, university students or agencies inside and outside the Geology industry. Currently, students of many schools, especially high schools, often have to learn theory without illustrations and do not associate learning with practice. Therefore, the subject’s effectiveness is not high. It lacks practicality, does not encourage passion for Earth science, and cannot propagate love for nature and environmental protection awareness. On the other hand, standard sample sets are extremely necessary and valuable documents for agencies and individuals doing work related to geology.

Train:

Support students in thesis and internship guidance.

Organize or jointly organize short-term training courses with primary, middle, and high schools.

Organize introductions through visits for high school students, universities, colleges, and vocational schools with training in related fields.