FGBU VSEGEI geologists under difficult conditions caused by the spread of the new coronavirus infection (COVID-19) carry out scheduled preparation for field work in the summer season 2020. Due to the difficult epidemiological situation, almost all geologists and workers undergo a medical examination for possible detection of coronavirus.
At present, 42 field parties have been formed, including 7 parties by the Moscow and Norilsk branches of FGUP VSEGEI. In total, about 300 specialists and workers will be involved in the work.
The geography of the field work in 2020 is very extensive. Geological surveys will be carried out in the Republics of Karelia, Sakha (Yakutia), Tuva, Komi, Buryatia, Khakassia, Bashkortostan, Chukotka Autonomous Okrug, Kamchatka, Khabarovsk, Krasnoyarsk Krai, Altai Krai, Arkhangelsk, Tula, Rostov, Irkutsk, Kirov, Novosibirsk, Magadan, Murmansk regions, in the waters of the East Siberian, Baltic, White, Barents Seas.
The following types of work are planned for this field season: passing routes with sampling and getting heavy mineral concentrates with their subsequent processing in laboratories, topographic, geodesic and hydrogeological surveys, analytical studies and laboratory and technological investigations.
As part of the preparations for the field season, some of VSEGEI specialists received training for driving boats, snowmobiles and ATVs, and completed courses as medical instructors of the parties. Timely measures were taken for a medical examination and vaccination of geologists against encephalitis. To ensure communication with field units located in remote areas of Russia, the Institute purchased airtime for mobile satellite communications.
Currently, Field Work Programs for geological parties and Certificates of readiness of field units for the field work are being accepted, and examinations of geologists for knowledge of safety and labor protection issues during the geological work are being held.
The fulfillment of the geological tasks facing the parties this year is complicated by the fact that upon arrival at the place of work, some regions (for example, the Republic of Sakha Yakutia) require self-isolation within 14 days. Nevertheless, we hope that despite all the difficulties that geologists will face this year, the field season 2020 will be as successful as in previous years. We wish the VSEGEI geologists patience, caution and dedication under these difficult conditions.