Borehole seismic surveys can be carried out in several different ways. The Down-hole technique consists of measuring the arrival of seismic waves emitted from the surface in increments down the borehole. The Cross-hole technique uses a seismic source located in an adjacent borehole. The receiver in both cases is a tri-axial geophone. This enables profiles of seismic velocities from compressional (P) waves as well as shear (S) waves to be obtained. Accurate 2-D maps of seismic velocity variations between boreholes can be produced by processing the data using specialised software.

Borehole seismic techniques include down-hole, cross-hole and seismic tomography methodologies.

Typical applications of borehole seismic techniques include:

  • Calculation of elastic moduli and dynamic rock and soil properties;
  • Vs30 calculations for seismic site classification (National Building Code)
  • Detection of faults, shear zones and voids;
  • Diagnosis of problem areas in 2-D or 3-D;
  • Pre and post-grouting surveys;
  • Quality control tool for structural repairs;
  • Quantitative evaluation of material by seismic velocity analysis ( i.e.Rippability or MRQD estimation by P-wave velocities measurements);
  • Seismic shear-wave and compressional wave velocity soundings;
  • Determination of rock or concrete quality through the estimation of the dynamic coefficients of the materials;
  • Detection of faults and shear zones in bedrock.

For more information, please contact our Ground Survey Team.

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