Site Assessment using Echo Sounding, Side Scan Sonar and Sub-bottom Profiling

The primary objective of this research is to use multifaceted geophysical data techniques in order to better map karst terrain beneath standing bodies of water. This study may help providing stronger mapping techniques for future bridge and dam construction projects to utilize. In order to evaluate the foundation of existing infrastructure, primarily bridges and dams, and demonstrate the utility and cost-effectiveness, numbers of geophysical methods will be used to provide detailed subsurface information. These geophysical methods will be used to identify the channel bottom texture (sand, cobbles, riprap, etc.), mapping river beds, locate sediment stratifications, bedrock, locating springs, old river channels, karst terrain (voids or soil-filled solution cavities), fractures, and jointed rock.

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  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This research was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation, University Transportation Centers program.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Center for Transportation Infrastructure and Safety/NUTC program

    Missouri University of Science and Technology
    220 Engineering Research Lab
    Rolla, MO  United States  65409

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Anderson, Neil
    • Alotaibi, Abdulrahman
  • Publication Date: 2014-2


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 42p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01530055
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NUTC R338, Project # 00042502
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT06-G-0014
  • Created Date: Jul 3 2014 8:55AM