Session Start Date

6-1-1988

Abstract

This paper describes a case study in which a geotechnical investigation encountered complex subsurface conditions requiring geophysical methods to supplement test boring data. Electromagnetic (EM) and seismic refraction methods were used to model subsurface conditions at the site of a proposed three-story office building. The three investigative techniques used in this study all revealed bedrock to be at a shallow depth. The test borings provided vertical resolution while the EM and seismic studies yielded lateral resolution. Good correlation was achieved when comparing the results of each method. The EM and seismic methods in conjunction with a test boring program can provide a better understanding of subsurface conditions than can be obtained by any single technique.

Department(s)

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Appears In

International Conference on Case Histories in Geotechnical Engineering

Meeting Name

Second Conference

Publisher

University of Missouri--Rolla

Publication Date

6-1-1988

Document Version

Final Version

Rights

© 1988 University of Missouri--Rolla, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

File Type

text

Language

English

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Use of Geophysical Methods in a Geotechnical Investigation

This paper describes a case study in which a geotechnical investigation encountered complex subsurface conditions requiring geophysical methods to supplement test boring data. Electromagnetic (EM) and seismic refraction methods were used to model subsurface conditions at the site of a proposed three-story office building. The three investigative techniques used in this study all revealed bedrock to be at a shallow depth. The test borings provided vertical resolution while the EM and seismic studies yielded lateral resolution. Good correlation was achieved when comparing the results of each method. The EM and seismic methods in conjunction with a test boring program can provide a better understanding of subsurface conditions than can be obtained by any single technique.