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How can SEISMIC REFRACTION/MASW benefit your project?

Seismic Refraction /MASW is a valuable tool for geotechnics, as it provides crucial information about the geotechnical conditions of the subsurface and is essential for the safe and efficient planning and execution of engineering and geotechnical projects.

This helps to minimize the risks and costs associated with building and developing an infrastructure.

Seismic Refraction mainly measures the speed of seismic waves at different depths of the ground. This velocity information is crucial for inferring the physical properties of the subsurface, such as the density and stiffness of the geological layers.

By analyzing the variations in the speed of seismic waves, it is possible to infer information about the alteration, compaction, or presence of water in the geological layers.


Some of the main applications of Refraction Seismics:

  • Assess geotechnical hazards such as slope instability, subsidence, and soil liquefaction. Identification of layers of weak soil or fissured rock is crucial for risk assessment;
  • Provides important data for the design of foundations of buildings, bridges, and other structures. By knowing the depth and strength of the foundation layers, it is possible to design suitable and safe foundations;
  • Determines the depth of the water table, which is relevant for groundwater drainage and control projects;
  • It is possible to infer information about the alteration and degree of compaction of the materials found in the subsurface, without the need for boreholes.

If you want to understand more about seismic refraction /MASW or need to hire this service, contact us!

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