Research for the Environment

various seismic methods


A combined exploration technique for the delineation of subsurface structures and the assessment of rock parameters

Subproject UFZ:
Combination of different seismic methods to analyses construction sites.

The utilization of an area of land as a construction site raises some important technical issues and can encompass certain financial risks. To assess appropriate construction methods and to get a reliable idea of the associated costs, precocious and accurate descriptions of the land is needed. As a consequence, there is a need for innovative technologies. Of particular importance for the characterization of a construction site is the spatial continuous characterization of the potential of ground settlement.
Due to physical reason, seismic methods are especially suitable.
Within the frame of the project, different seismic methods, i.e. Surface Wave Seismics and Refraction Tomography will be (further) developed and combined with geotechnical investigation methods.

As a result compatible applicable measuring methods, instruments and interpretation software will be available, that allows a reliable exploration of ground structures as well as the determination of realistic values of soil classification.

The project is funded by GEOTECHNOLOGIEN, a research and development programme of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the German Research Foundation (DFG).

Project partners:
Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
Geotomographie GmbH, Neuwied

combined exploration technologies



75th Annual Meeting of Deutschen Geophysikalischen Gesellschaft
March 23-26, 2015 at Campus of the Leibniz University in Hannover

EGU General Assembly 2015
April 12-17, 2015 in Vienna (Austria)

International Conference Novel Methods for Subsurface Characterization and Monitoring: From Theory to Practice- NovCare 2015
May 19-21, 2015 in Lawrence, Kansas, US

13th International UFZ-Deltares Conference on Sustainable Use and Management of Soil, Sediment and Water Resources (AquaConSoil)
June 9–12, 2015 in Copenhagen (Denmark)