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Geotechnical Engineering

Fracture detection and analysis for geotechnical, hydrogeological and geological investigations.

European Geophysical services is experienced in providing extensive borehole geophysical and imaging services to major engineering and infrastructure projects, including inshore and on difficult and remote sites. The detection, orientation and size of fractures are important in most geotechnical, hydrogeological and geological investigations.

Optical and Acoustic Imaging

3D acoustic image

The Optical Imager contains a precision machined prism and high-definition digital camera assembly which permits high quality images of the borehole wall to be recorded.

The Acoustic Imager produces an image of the borehole wall using the travel time and amplitude of an acoustic signal transmitted and received by the tool. The variance of the acoustic properties of the formation and associated features enable the nature of fractures, fissures, veins, bedding planes and lithological changes to be determined.

Processing and presentation of Imager results

Detailed logs of the imager data can be produced at any vertical scale. The image of the borehole wall is presented in an unwrapped form with a horizontal scale marked 0°, 90°, 180°, 270° and back to 0°.

Structural features and discontinuities are picked from the images in the form of colour coded sinusoidal projections: blue – fractures; red – bedding/ fabric features; green -veins). This structural log is presented as ‘Discontinuities’ with a horizontal scale as the image data.

Using the borehole diameter, dip and azimuth along with the geometric parameters of the sinusoids, the true azimuth and dip of the discontinuities are calculated and presented as a “tadpole” plot. The true dip data can then be used.

Additionally, rose diagrams and stereo-nets of the discontinuities can be produced.The plots can then be transferred into various electronic formats.