Seeing into the Subsurface: Harnessing Geophysics to Remotely Monitor the Condition of Earthworks

by Jonathan Chambers, Ph.D., leader of the British Geological Survey Geophysical Tomography and Monitoring Capability. His work focusses on the development of near-surface geophysical approaches for engineering and environmental problems., jonathan.chambers@bgs.ac.uk,
Phil Meldrum, senior research engineer with more than 25 years of experience in near-surface geophysics. He designs, develops, and applies instrumentation delivering an integrated architecture to measure multicomponent geo-electric properties of environmental systems from within a unified platform., pime@bgs.ac.uk,
Paul Wilkinson, Ph.D., monitoring services director at SOCOTEC Monitoring, where he is responsible for identifying and developing innovative technologies in the field of asset monitoring. He works closely with the owners and managers of assets — such as dams, reservoirs, rail infrastructure, mines, and ports — to design monitoring systems that help them better understand the behaviour of these assets, allowing informed decisions to be made about maintenance and optimising performance., paul.wilkinson@bgs.ac.uk,
Nick Slater, monitoring services director at SOCOTEC Monitoring, where he is responsible for identifying and developing innovative technologies in the field of asset monitoring. He works closely with the owners and managers of assets — such as dams, reservoirs, rail infrastructure, mines, and ports — to design monitoring systems that help them better understand the behaviour of these assets, allowing informed decisions to be made about maintenance and optimising performance., nick.slater@socotec.com,


Serial Information: Geo-Strata —Geo Institute of ASCE, 2020, Vol. 24, Issue 4, Pg. 60-67


Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: Condition assessment of geotechnical structures is essential for cost-effective maintenance and prevention of hazardous failure events. Early identification of deteriorating conditions generally allows low-cost preventative remediation to be undertaken and reduces the risk of catastrophic failures.

Subject Headings: Subsurface investigation | Earthwork

 

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