Experience from two resistivity inversion techniques applied in three cases of geotechnical site investigation

Roger Wisén, Anders V. Christiansen, Torleif Dahlin, Esben Auken

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The combination of in situ geotechnical testing and continuously measured geophysical data can be a powerful tool in geotechnical site investigation. In two cases from Sweden and one case from Denmark electric resistivity surveys are used successfully in geotechnical site investigations. The main contribution of resistivity results is the possibility to interpret continuous geological models. An improved methodology combines two-dimensional (2D) smooth inversion and 2D laterally constrained inversion (2D-LCI) to significantly increase interpretability. The 2D smooth inversion has high horizontal resolution and 2D-LCI high vertical resolution. The possibility to add a priori information from, for example, drill log data to constrain the 2D-LCI increases the confidence in the inverted model and limits ambiguity. In a site investigation for a railway trench in southern Sweden a geotechnical data set is used as a priori data to increase the reliability of the inversion of the resistivity data. From this combined survey a complex Quaternary geology is described in detail. A slope stability study from south of Stockholm, Sweden, employed resistivity data together with refraction seismic and geotechnical drill log data. The result gives necessary geometrical information for the important geological units, for example for stability calculations. Both these surveys were performed with a multielectrode system. In the third case a pulled array resistivity survey was used to map the uppermost 15-20m to estimate the distribution of the geological formations for freeway construction in Denmark. The result enables a more accurate estimate of the total freeway construction costs.

Sider (fra-til)1730-1742
Antal sider13
TidsskriftJournal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering
Udgave nummer12
StatusUdgivet - 2008
Udgivet eksterntJa


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