Subsurface Analysis

Subsurface problems occurred everywhere included in developed nation. Cavities or void, caves, caverns, tunnel, karst features, and abandoned mine could be the caused for the subsurface problems. Subsurface cavities can be natural or manmade. The most common natural cavities are those formed in limestone by dissolution processes. These natural cavities can be air – filled if above the water table, water – filled, and sediment – filled. Manmade cavities include tunnels and mines.

Subsurface Analysis  is one of the main considerations for property developments in limestone areas. The ground characteristic at the limestone area are really important to be known for foundation design, both for construction and post development phase.

Which Geophysical Method?

Electrical Resistivity Imaging (ERI) can be use to map project area that have potential for subsurface problems. This technique could provide 2D or 3D spatial models of subsurface depends on the field acquisition and client requirement. Complex subsurface features especially at limestone area can be mapped using this technique.

Seismic Refraction also a suitable geophysical technique in providing cross-sectional depth information at limestone or karstic areas.

How These Geophysical Techniques Could Help?

Electrical resistivity imaging (E.R.I) is one of the commonly used in subsurface analysis. For subsurface analysis especially in limestone area, electrical resistivity imaging or resistivity survey can profile the subsurface by separating the overburden and limestone bedrock. Underground karst morphology also can be mapped using this technique. Cavity or void is one of the karst feature that can causes major problem for construction or development. E.R.I technique can image and locate this cavity which is potentially missed by normal soil investigation borehole.

Seismic refraction also can be used for cavities detection. Basically, the mud-filled cavity or water-filled cavity has a velocity contrast with the surrounding rock or bedrock. Therefore, seismic refraction tomography is one of the effective tool for mapping this feature.

It is always the best to conduct 3D geophysical survey at the limestone area due to it’s complexity.

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Limestone or Karst Geology, cavity may present in this environment | Resistivity profile could image the complex karstic features for better understanding the subsurface for future development or planning.

Who Need This?

  1. Geotechnical /Civil engineer
  2. Developer
  3. Engineering geologist