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Mr. Ryan Coppersmith

EDUCATION

B.S., Geology, Washington & Lee University, Lexington, VA, 2006
M.S., Structural Geology, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, 2008

PROFESSIONAL HISTORY

Coppersmith Consulting Inc., Senior Project Geologist, 2013 to Present
AMEC E&I, Staff Geologist, 2009 to 2013
Geomatrix Consultants, Inc., Staff Geologist, 2008 to 2009 (acquired by AMEC)
University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, Teaching Assistant, 2006 to 2008
U.S. Geological Survey, Kachemak Bay, AK, and Southwestern Washington, Intern, 2005
R.E. Lee Intern, Ebro Basin, Spain, 2004

REPRESENTATIVE SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

Mr. Coppersmith is a structural geologist specializing in geologic mapping, seismic hazard analysis, and seismic source characterization. His academic research focused on the structural analysis of outcrop-scale faulting along sea-cliff exposure near the San Simeon fault zone in California. This study resulted in a revised understanding of the history of the fault zone and of the way strike-slip systems evolve over time. Mr. Coppersmith has been involved with developing a method to construct 3D balanced cross sections by integrating field investigation with multiple data sets using ArcGIS and 3D software. As part of a long-term coastal dynamics study to show how seawalls affect coastal erosion, he studied sand body migration in south-central Alaska. As a professional geologist with Geomatrix (now AMEC) and CCI, he has worked on several nuclear siting projects and other PSHA studies. He is currently a member of the Seismic Source Characterization Technical Integration team for two SSHAC Level 3 PSHA studies for a new and existing nuclear facility. Major geologic studies carried out in support of these studies include both Quaternary and bedrock mapping, reviewing geologic literature, compiling project and GIS databases, interpreting site geological data, and characterizing seismic sources. He has experience in collecting and interpreting ground-based LiDAR data to interpret and document site-specific geologic studies such as mapping of fault zone exposures. He is proficient in computer software such as ArcGIS, Adobe Illustrator, SMT Kingdom Suite, Canvas, Matlab, GoCad and Cyclone (3D software).

Mr. Coppersmith’s representative project experience and clients are identified briefly below:

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory PSHA SSHAC Level 3, Department of Energy, Hanford site
Currently serving on the Seismic Source Characterization Technical Integration team for the SSHAC Level 3 PSHA.

Probabilistic Fault Displacement Hazard Analysis for Offshore Facilities, BP Exploration, South Caspian Sea, Azerbaijan
Member of a group that characterized gravitational faults with AUV, 2D and 3D seismic data to quantify offset and secondary deformation at specific locations along faults as part of a probabilistic fault displacement hazard analysis.

Eskom PSHA SSHAC Level 3, Eskom Generation, South Africa
Served on the Seismic Source Characterization Technical Integration team for the SSHAC Level 3 PSHA.

Geological Investigations to support Eskom PSHA SSHAC Level 3, Eskom Generation, South Africa Conducted a number of field investigations including fault strip mapping, paleoseismic investigations (trenching and geochronology studies to evaluate evidence for Quaternary faulting), and marine terrace analysis (both regional and site-specific). The geologic work is used to support the site-specific probabilistic seismic hazard analysis (PSHA) of a new nuclear power plant facility for Eskom.

Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant, Pacific Gas and Electric, San Luis Obispo County, CA
Mapped bedrock structures and marine terrace elevations in the southwest boundary zone to determine regional uplift rates and develop a better understanding of the regional structure.

Seismic Source Characterization for the DTE Fermi COL Application, Black and Veatch, Monroe, MI
Conducted field work to evaluate bedrock structures within the site vicinity. Performed field mapping with both conventional mapping methods along with the use of ground-based LiDAR for detailed documentation of vertical rock surfaces. Involved in determining the location of a trench excavation along with the logging and interpretation of trench exposure.

Levy COL Application, CH2MHill, Inglis, FL
Implemented QA procedures in report and figure production, validation packages, and document control. Assisted in completing Requests for Additional Information (RAIs) from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Created and edited figures in GIS.

Harris COL Application, CH2MHill, New Hill, NC
Implemented QA procedures in report and figure production, validation packages, and document control. Assisted in completing Requests for Additional Information (RAIs) from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Created and edited figures in GIS.

Preliminary (SSHAC Level 1) Probabilistic Seismic Hazard Assessment for the Thyspunt Reference Site, ESKOM, South Africa
Developed a seismic source characterization for the Thyspunt Reference Site using seismicity data, fault and trench studies, and geologic maps, along with magnetic and gravity maps for a preliminary seismic hazard analysis.

Intertidal Sand Body Migration, U.S. Geological Survey, Alaska and Southwestern Washington
Gathered GIS and echosounder bathymetry data for beach profiles in coastal and near-offshore regions. The data was used in long-term interpretations of sand wave migration and coastal dynamics studies related to seawall construction and other near-shore activities. The results were published by P.N. Adams, P. Ruggiero, G.C. Schoch, and G. Gelfenbaum in the Journal of Geophysical Research in 2007: “Intertidal Sand Body Migration along a Megatidal Coast, Kachemak Bay, Alaska” (vol. 112, 19 pp.).

3-D Structural Modeling, R.E. Lee, Catalan Coastal Range, Ebro Basin, Spain
Gathered high-resolution ground-based LIDAR data and field-checked the geologic mapping. Interpreted orthophotos in map view and visualized the interpretation in 3-D by draping the interpretation and photos over digital elevation models. The quantitative data extracted from the remote sensing data was used to constrain structural interpretation and modeling, which enhanced traditional field mapping of contractional growth strata in otherwise inaccessible surfaces, such as vertical cliffs. The data and interpretations provided the basis for 3-D balanced cross sections and shortened estimates across the coastal range.

AFFILIATIONS

Geological Society of America
Seismological Society of America

HONORS AND AWARDS

Summer Exit Fellowship, Jackson School of Geosciences, University of Texas at Austin, 2008
Ewing/Worzel and Gale White Fellowship, 2008, University of Texas Institute for Geophysics, to support research
K. DeFord Field Scholarship Fund, 2007, Jackson School of Geosciences, to perform field work
Selected to write B.S. honors thesis, 2005 (based on field work in Spain and two years of research)
Samuel J. Kozak-Odell S. McGuire-Edgar W. Spencer-Frederick L. Schwab Award, 2004 and 2005 (award to support research, publication, and presentation at professional society meetings)
Marcellus H. Stow Award 2004 (award for promising B.S. Geology major.

PUBLICATIONS

“A SSHAC Level 3 Probabilistic Seismic Hazard Analysis for a New-Build Nuclear Site in South Africa.” J.J. Bommer, K.J. Coppersmith, R.T. Coppersmith, K.L. Hanson, A. Mangongolo, J. Neveling, E.M. Rathje, A. Rodriguez-Marek, F. Scherbaum, R. Shelembe, P.J. Stafford & F.O. Strasser. Earthquake Spectra, (2014).

“A cosmogenic view of erosion, relief generation, and the age of faulting in southern Africa.” P. Bierman, R. Coppersmith, K. Hanson, J. Neveling, E. Portenga, D. Rood, GSA TODAY, v.24, number 9, doi:9.2014

“Geologic Studies of faults in the Eastern Cape, South Africa, for purposes of evaluating their seismogenic probability.” R. Coppersmith, J.S.V. Reddering, D. Claassen, V. Mitha, P. Bierman, K, Hanson, D. Roberts, K. Prasad, Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, in review.

“Paleoseismic investigations of the Kango fault, South Africa.” C. Slack, K. Hanson, R. Coppersmith, J. Neveling, M. Goedhart, P. Bierman, C. Johnson, S. Forman, D. Black, Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, in review.

“Marine terrace investigations for purposes of characterising seismic sources and evaluating surface faulting potential.” K. Hanson, L. Glaser, R. Coppersmith, D. Roberts, D. Claassen, D. Black, J. Neveling, P. Bierman, S. Forman, Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, in review.

“Structural Analysis of the San Simeon Fault Zone, California: Implications for Transform Tectonics.” R.T. Coppersmith. Oral presentation at GSA Cordilleran Section, 106th Annual Meeting, and Pacific Section, American Association of Petroleum Geologists. May 27-29, 2010.

“3-D Structural Modeling Using Remote Sensing and Ground-Based LIDAR Data.” R. Coppersmith, C. Connors, and A. Dewhurst. Poster presentation at Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT. October 16-19, 2005.

“3-D Structural Modeling Using Remote Sensing and Ground-Based LIDAR Data.” R. Coppersmith, C. Connors, and A. Dewhurst. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 37, no. 7, p. 210. 2005.