Congratulations to ESTCP investigator Jonathan Ajo-Franklin who was awarded the R&D 100 Award by R&D Magazine. This annual award recognizes outstanding new products or processes with high potential for commercialization. It honors innovative research and development and spans industry, academia, and government-sponsored research.

Dr. Ajo-Franklin, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, was recognized for the Continuous Active-Source Seismic Monitoring (CASSM) system initially designed under ESTCP project Geophysical Imaging for Investigating the Delivery and Distribution of Amendments in the Heterogeneous Subsurface of the F.E. Warren AFB (ER-200834). In the ESTCP project, the team employed seismic and electrical monitoring methods to image fracture propagation and amendment distribution.

CASSM allows for the continuous monitoring of subsurface seismic properties within a given area, providing real-time data of fast processes and short events that improves on past time-lapse imaging methods. This system will significantly improve the understanding of the Earth’s processes, including geologic carbon sequestration and earthquakes.

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