Field Course Logistics

 

What is included in the field trip fee?

• A digital field guide, to be sent in advance. The guide of the Clastics, Salt Tectonics and Structural Geology courses are currently in preparation and may not be completly finished by the time of the trip

 

What is not included in the field trip fee?

The highly competitive prices of our courses are possible because the expenses are not included in the course fee

• The cost of the accommodation, based on single-occupancy, plus all meals ranges between €60 and €75 per day, and the expenses of the instructor/s will be divided among all participants, so we estimate an average total cost of €300 per field trip; however, the hotels will be booked for you in advance. Please bring some cash since at some places plastic is not useful

• The costs of transfers from and to Barcelona by van or minibus and transportation in the field will be divided among all participants. We estimate an average of €250 per person per field trip assuming 6 participants

 

Safety

• All participants we’ll receive in advance by email the Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) flyer, and a safety briefing presentation will be given prior to any field work. Please read and be aware of the safety recommendations

• Please be sure you have the appropriate insurance in the Spanish Kingdom

 

Where and when does the field course starts?

• The meeting point is the Cullera de Boix bar, located in Barcelona downtown , 26 Ronda de Sant Pere, associated to the Urquinaona hotel. Field trips start at 14:00h

• The mobile phone of the coordinator, Lluís Ardèvol, is (34) 658 954 650; we kindly ask that the participants provide us with their mobile phone in advance

• All field trips end at the meeting point around 18:00h, although a previous stop at the airport may be attended around 17:30h

 

Which hotels are used in the field locations?

• Our headquarters is a rural guest house called Casa Leonardo, in Senterada, where at least two nights are spent: www.casaleonardo.net

• Other hotels are used depending on the itinerary, being our priority the typical rural hotels

 

If accommodation in Barcelona is needed, which hotel is recommended?

• The hotel Urquinaona, our meeting point: www.hotelurquinaona.com 3 stars
• There are plenty of hotels in the area. Other selected/boutique hotels within walking distance of the meeting point:

Hotel Moderno www.hotelmodernobcn.com 3 stars
Hotel Banys Orientals www.hotelbanysorientals.com
Hotel Ciutat Vella www.hotelciutatvella.com
Hotel Ciutat de Barcelona www.ciutatbarcelona.com
Hotel Gaudí www.hotelgaudi.es
Hotel Mercer www.mercerbarcelona.com/en 5 stars

 

Field transport and group size

• The number of participants per course is limited to 16 and the minimum required 4
• The vehicles used depend on the number of participants: from a 9-seater van to a 20-seater minibus and eventually 4WD’s

 

Schedule, meals and cultural visits

• The breakfast starts at 8:00am, and it consist of bread with tomato and jam, cheese … (Catalan style) although any breakfast type may be ordered
• The working day starts at 8:45am either with a classroom session or going directly to the field
• The field work goes on until 17:00h or 18:00h depending on evening classroom
• The lunch consists of well-provisioned picnics around 13:00h
• There are coffee/tea breaks with snacks, refreshments and toilet visits
• The dinner usually starts around 20.30h; home made Catalan cuisine can be sampled
Please inform us in advance of any special dietary requirements
• Cultural visits may be included during the week (winery, dinosaur site, Medieval castle, Romanesque church …)

 

Classroom sessions

• These sessions are informal and group discussion is encouraged
• Many companies request dedicated courses for their asset staff and bring their own field data and issues to these sessions for discussion, which continues at the outcrop
• All delegates take away a copy of the session slides on CD

 

Weather conditions and clothing

• In May, June and September temperatures are reasonably warm, therefore adequate light clothing is recommended
• Hat, sun glasses and sunscreen lotion are a must
• Long trousers are more appropriate in areas of rough vegetation, though shorts may be worn depending on individual preference
• In the unlikely event of rain or colder weather, a rain jacket should suffice