Geophysical soil surveys

Information on the thickness and properties of overburden is important in land use planning, regional planning and construction. The information is needed in different scales and at different stages of these activities.

Research data can help in avoiding building on areas where construction costs would be high and in protecting groundwater bodies and minimising the environmental impact of projects. For example, the effect of clay and soft soil on a construction project must be researched in advance. Methods of geophysics are suitable for areas where transporting a drilling rig is difficult due to the terrain or vegetation.

Geophysical soil surveys are suitable for construction projects for new neighbourhoods, mine and waste treatment areas and roads and powerlines alike. Geophysical research is also needed as background information in geoenergy solutions. Geophysical surveys can be used in soil pollution surveys as well.

Service content

  • Planning for the study in accordance with our customer’s needs.
  • Determining the thickness and stratigraphy of overburden with geophysical measurements. Depending on the situation, one or more of the following methods are used: aerial imagery, gravity measurements, ground penetrating radar sounding, seismic sounding or electrical sounding.
  • Reporting and interpretation of the results. The report includes a map, a 2D cross-section or a 3D model showing the thickness and stratigraphy of overburden in the target area.

Your benefits

  • You will gain an understanding on the ground properties of your target area. Avoid building on areas where construction costs are high.