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Geophysics in Engineering Investigations

Product Code: SPE19
Series: GSL Engineering Geology Special Publications - print copy
Author/Editor: Edited by P. W. McDowell et al
Publication Date: 06 February 2002
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Geological Society Engineering Geology Special Publication 19

This report is the result of collaboration between CIRIA, the Engineering Group of the Geological Society, the British Geological Survey, and the building Research Establishment. It presents a logical sequence through the process of using geophysical investigation methods in site characterisation. Following the introduction about the roles of geophysical methods, Chapter 2 provides the background to geophysics as an investigative tool. Chapter 3 sets out the procurement, management and reporting frameworks for a geophysical investigation and stresses the importance of the involvement of a recognised geophysics specialist advisor. Chapter 4 explains the need for a conceptual ground model in order that appropriate investigative methods are chosen. The underlying science and current practices of the main techniques are explored in Chapter 5. This is followed by an explanation of the processes of data acquisition, handling and presentation. There are separate sections for geological, geotechnical, geo-environmental and structural engineering applications, which consider the different targets determinable by geophysical methods. The report concludes with recommendations for practice.

Readership: Geotechnical and civil engineers, geologists and engineering geologists, specialist geophysics contractors, consultants and clients.

Type: Book
Ten Digit ISBN: 0-86017-562-6
Thirteen Digit ISBN: 978-0-86017-562-9
Publisher: GSL
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 252
Weight: 1.1 kg


List of figures • List of Tables • List of Boxes • Abbreviations • Commonly used units and conversion factors • Geophysics In Civil Engineering • Geophysics As An Investigative Tool• Procurement, Management And Reporting • The Conceptual Ground Model • Techniques: Science And Practice • Data Acquisition, Processing And Presenting • Geological Applications • Geotechnical Applications • Geo-Environmental Applications • Structural And Ndt Applications To Building And Civil Engineering Applications • Concluding Remarks And Recommendations For Good Practice • References • Appendices


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