SEISMIC REFRACTION SURVEYS FOR HIGHWAY ENGINEERING PURPOSES

The Transport and Road Research Laboratory is conducting a techniques for seismic refraction surveys of the appropriate standard for highway engineering purposes. The principles place during the construction of the A31 Poulner Lane diversion at Ringwood. This report describes the suryvey and presents some of the results. (Author/TRRL) equipment is normally used with a hammer energy source, and multi-channel equipment with explosive as the energy source. A code of practice for the handling of explosives is given. Site operations are described for the simpler single-channel instruments and for multi-channel equipment. It is emphasised that preliminary interpretations and calculations should be made in the field to check that enough information has been collected for satisfactory analysis. Two types of analysis are described. The first assumes that refraction occurs at a plane interface and the depth below each shot point is calculated for a three layer case. The second technique can be used to calculate the depth of a refractor beneath a geophone, and formulae are given to extend this to three layers. For this extended analysis additional field data is needed. The final section of the report describes some of the unusual situations which may lead to inaccurate interpretation of survey data. (Author/TRRL)

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    Transport and Road Research Laboratory

    Old Wokingham Road
    Crowthorne RG11 6AU, Berkshire,   England 
  • Authors:
    • STEWART, M
    • BEAVEN, P J
  • Publication Date: 1980

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 26 p.
  • Serial:
    • APWA Reporter
    • Publisher: American Public Works Association
    • ISSN: 0092-4873

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00330745
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Report/Paper Numbers: LR 950 Monograph
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 15 1981 12:00AM