American Society of Civil Engineers

Geophysical Surveying and Data Simulation Application to Geotechnical Investigations: A Cost Effective Approach for Developing Economical Foundation Engineering Design Criteria

by Amin A. Tomeh, P.E., (Senior Geotechnical Engineer, Matrix Engineering Group, Inc., 6298 Oakwood Circle, Norcross, Georgia 30093 E-mail:, Sam Alyateem, P.E., (Senior Geotechnical Engineer, Matrix Engineering Group, Inc.), Hameed Malik, Ph.D., P.E., (Senior Project Engineer, Matrix Engineering Group, Inc.), and Billy Malone, (DeKalb County Georgia, Public Works Department, Sanitation Division)

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Document type: Conference Proceeding Paper
Part of: GeoCongress 2006: Geotechnical Engineering in the Information Technology Age
Abstract: Geophysical techniques including Seismic Refraction and the Multi-channel Analysis of Surface Wave (MASW), were applied to define subsurface conditions and delineate underground anomalies in the southern piedmont geologic region of Atlanta, Georgia. Seismic refraction was performed to identify the approximate rock profile. Surface Waves analysis was used to further characterize the subsurface conditions in the general areas where the Seismic Refraction survey suggested the presence of relatively shallow rocks. This procedure was applied to detect hidden layers or weak zones that might be present under a shallow rock layer. The acquired data was processed using the SiesImager software suite and SurfSeis software. The information gathered was then used to provide guidance for site specific targeted geotechnical testing including soil drilling, rock coring and laboratory testing. This resulted in a cost-effective foundation design for a proposed 2,700 feet long mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) retaining wall at a solid waste facility. The wall was planned in the course of expanding the facility’s capacity.

ASCE Subject Headings:
Geophysical surveys
Data analysis
Seismic effects