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Application of geophysical methods in civil engineering

Zainal Abidin, Mohd Hazreek and Saad, Rosli and Ahmad, Fauziah and Wijeyesekera, Devapriya Chitral and Baharuddin, Faizal Tajul (2011) Application of geophysical methods in civil engineering. In: Malaysian Technical Universities International Conference on Engineering & Technology (MUiCET 2011), 13 November 2011, Batu Pahat, Johor.


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Geophysical methods originally championed by geophysicists are becoming popular in the civil engineering field. In the past, most engineers applied their conventional method with rare to any other alternative method. This study describes some of the civil engineering applications discourse where the geophysical method is especially suitable in the preliminary stage of site assessment. Some of the geophysical method which can assist the civil engineering works is still rarely understood for several reasons. Hence, this study presents a resistivity and seismic refraction method applied in several civil engineering problems in Malaysia such as in geotechnical engineering, rock mechanics and engineering geology, water and environmental engineering and pavement engineering. The utilization of geophysical method can increase the effectiveness of civil engineering works since it can provide the information which the conventional civil engineering method was hard to determine due to the concern of money, time and quality. For example, the method helps to reduce the number of conventional drilling method and possibly decides a critical spot of interest which directly decreases the cost of the project. Some of the common earth materials and related parameter in civil engineering application that can be utilized by the geophysical method are minerals, soils, rocks, water, subsurface layers, thickness and depth. The results produced by the geophysical survey increase the awareness of civil engineers of their wide area of applications. The utilization of this method have been successfully used in the civil engineering field and has the potential to be integrated with a conventional method to produce reliable information thus enhance the project effectiveness especially during the design and construction stages.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: conventional method; resistivity; seismic refraction; site assessment
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering > Department of Infrastructure and Geomatic Engineering
Depositing User: Normajihan Abd. Rahman
Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2018 03:38
Last Modified: 13 Aug 2018 03:38
URI: http://eprints.uthm.edu.my/id/eprint/8317
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