Geophysical Surveys Articles

  • Use of Electromagnetic Induction Tools in salinity assessment/appraisals in eastern Colorado

    Abstract Electromagnetic induction (EMI) is a relatively low-cost and rapid method for measuring, assessing spatially soil salinity. The two studies were conducted to evaluate data obtained with a single-frequency (EM38 meter) and multi-frequency (GEM300 sensor) EMI instruments and to relate apparent conductivity measured by these instruments with the more conventional conductivity of the ...


    By Geonics Limited

  • Case Study - 28 MW Dual-Flash Power Plant

    Brady Hot Springs, Nevada, USA – 1992 GDA was a partial owner in this successful project and was responsible for exploration and development of the resource. As Manager of Wellfield Development, GDA recommended the comprehensive wellfield development plan, formulated the exploration program, supervised surface geological mapping and geophysical surveys for siting production and injection ...

  • A novel approach for providing potable water in rural Sodwana Bay, northern Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa

    Many people living in the Sodwana area of South Africa do not have access to potable water. Groundwater is the best source of fresh water for the rural community. Potable water in the Zululand coastal plain, Sodwana, South Africa can be enhanced by: (i) providing detailed information on the aquifer system using geophysics; (ii) providing information on groundwater quality and its efficient ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Panama Canal: Boat Towed 3D Resistivity Surveys - Case Study

    The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) needed to expand the canal in order to accommodate larger ships (and more traffic)—but first, they needed to know two things: what types of sediment loads needed to be dredged out—and more importantly—how much these loads would cost. That’s where AGI marine resistivity imaging ...


    By Advanced Geosciences, Inc.

  • Searching for Archeological Anomalies in the Oluz Mound - Case Study

    The History Of The Oluz Mound The Oluz Mound near Amasya, Turkey, is a very important ancient Turkish settlement with a history stretching back to 4,500 B.C. For archaeologists, this site in Central Turkey is an exciting opportunity to discover not just the area’s history, but the history of the birthplace of civilizations. ...


    By Advanced Geosciences, Inc.

  • Case Study - Pipeline Subsidence

    Looking for sinkholes Pyramid Environmental recently performed a geophysical investigation for the National Park Service at Carlsbad Caverns National Park in Carlsbad, NM. The survey used electrical resistivity mapping (ER) to look for potential underground caves or caverns near an area designated for the construction of an underground utility line. A 2D resistivity survey ...


    By Advanced Geosciences, Inc.

  • Electrotelluric Geophysical Exploration

    Noted petroleum geologist Jack Elam writes about the abilities of Geophysic's patented electrotelluric tool known as the Petro-Sonde.  It's ability to give the client the depth, thickness and contents of a pay zone without the need for boreholes first.  By far the most advanced surveying tool on the market today the Petro-Sonde has been used in thousands of surveys all across the globe. ...


    By Geophysics International

  • Geo Drilling International: Hands-On

    Boart Longyear has launched a core-orientation system made for drillers, by drillers Although critical for mapping exploration and minesite development, core orientation is part of the drilling process that has experienced only incremental product improvements through small changes to the process and equipment. Boart Longyear has now introduced TruCore, a first-inindustry integrated ...


    By Boart Longyear Inc.

  • Mineral prospecting case study 2

    We had recently carried out a copper prospecting survey. Electrodes were placed on the surface at 5m interval, one cable was connected to electrodes on surface and another cable is put in to the borehole. After repeating the surveys at nearby borehole, we generated two resistivity distribution images. We determined that the band of low resistivity approximately 30m below surface has a high chance ...

  • Surface borehole resistivity survey case study 1

    Surface borehole method can be used to effectively maximise the value of existing boreholes. This is because surface-boreholre method can give operator more geological and geophysical information around the borehole. For example, we did a surface-borehole survey, where there was already well-known mineralisation existing between 60-80m in Figure one and 100-115m. The inversion resistivity ...

  • Mine remediation case study

    Bartow, Florida GeoView, Inc. performed a geophysical investigation across a 200 acre site in Polk County, Florida. It had been reported that clay slimes from former mining operations had been deposited on the site. The purpose of the investigation was to help determine the horizontal and vertical extent of the clay slimes. Due to the large size of the site and limited budget, the ...


    By GeoView, Inc.

  • Sinkhole investigation case study

    Proposed Landfill Site - Sumter County, Florida A geophysical site characterization study was performed by GeoView to assist in the placement of a planned Class 2 Landfill in Florida. The survey area was approximately 160 acres. GeoView performed a ground penetrating radar (GPR) study map the lateral boundaries and determine apparent severity of karst (sinkhole) features. Electrical ...


    By GeoView, Inc.

  • Structural evaluation case study

    Office Building, St.Petersburg, FL A 1,900 square foot portion of the second story of an office building was being considered for conversion from office space to bulk product storage for a nutritional supplement company. The reinforcement design and thickness of the second floor slab were required for the structural engineers to calculate the loading capacity of the floor. GeoView was ...


    By GeoView, Inc.

  • Residential sinkhole investigation csae study

    Hernando County, Florida Geophysical techniques are commonly used as part of geotechnical investigations for sinkhole claims of residential structures. GeoView, Inc. has performed thousands geophysical surveys for residential sinkhole investigations throughout Florida, Tennessee and Georgia. The investigations involve performing ground penetrating radar (GPR) and/or electrical ...


    By GeoView, Inc.

  • Seismic reflection, seismic crosshole and ground penetrating radar case study

    Geophysical Investigation of the Crosstown Expressway. Tampa, FL In April, 2004 Pier 97 which supported an elevated roadway in Tampa, FL was vertically displaced (collapsed) approximately 10 feet (ft). At the time of the collapse it was not known whether the collapse was associated with geological conditions at the site, specifically karst conditions, or whether is was associated with a ...


    By GeoView, Inc.

  • Mapping sediment thickness case study

    Polk County, Florida Bathymetric and sub-bottom surveys were conducted within a clay settling pond at a Phosphate mine in Central Florida. Prior to the geophysical survey, a depression or slump had formed along the northern dam of the pond. The purpose of the study was to map various sediment layers within the pond to help determine if the depressions or slumps were related to sinkhole ...


    By GeoView, Inc.

  • Geological characterization case study

    Oil Storage Terminal Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas GeoView, Inc. performed a geophysical investigation across a 65-acre area where large bulk oil storage tanks were planned for construction. The purpose of the investigation was to evaluate the condition of the underlying limestone, which from previous work was known to be suspect in certain areas. Of primary ...


    By GeoView, Inc.

  • Buried debris case study

    Saufley Field, Escambia County, Florida GeoView was tasked with performing a geophysical investigation at a military base in the southeastern United States. The purpose of the investigation was to locate a reported debris burial pit. The burial pit was reported to be 60 feet (ft) in length and up to 10 ft deep. Historical records indicated that the pit  contained buried drums and ...


    By GeoView, Inc.

  • Determining the design of Buried foundations case study

    Foundation Mapping Determining the three-dimensional design of foundations for telecommunications towers, buildings and road signs can be impractical and sometimes nearly impossible using conventional means. Properly applied geophysical test methods, hand probing and shallow test pits provide a very cost-effective and non-destructive approach to determining the design of foundations. ...


    By GeoView, Inc.

  • Cole-Cole Inversion of Telluric Cancelled IP Data

    SUMMARY: Induced Polarisation, like all geophysical methods, suffers from the presence of noise. Of the many sources of noise, tellurics can often be one of the most problematic to remove. An effective method of removing telluric noise has been trialed on dipole-dipole data acquired by MIM Exploration’s proprietary MIMDAS system, during routine surveying in NE South Australia. ...

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