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Application of Geophysical Methods to Highway Related Problems.


PB2005102288

Publication Date 2004
Personal Author Wightman, W. E.; Jalinoos, F.; Sirles, P.; Hanna, K.
Page Count 744
Abstract This document is designed to provide highway engineers with a basic knowledge of geophysics and nondestructive test (NDT) methods for solving specific transportation related problems. The document is not intended to make engineers experts in the field of geophysics, but rather to provide them with tools that will assist them in the use of suitable geophysical and NDT techniques to evaluate problems for design, planning, construction, or remediation efforts. A table is included to provide the user with a simplified approach of suggested method(s) for various highway engineering problems. In this document, the term NDT is used to refer to condition evaluation of engineered structures. Condition evaluation includes integrity assessment for defects and corrosion, and the determination of unknown geometry, such as unknown foundation depths or extent of foundations. A broad range of practical methods are presented, including most traditional geophysical methods. These have been adapted to provide solutions more specific to a variety of engineering problems. The document is divided into two parts. The first part is problem oriented and provides a range of geophysical imaging and NDT methods that can be used to solve particular highway-related problems. The second part provides more comprehensive discussions of the geophysical methods and theory.
Keywords
  • Highway engineering
  • Geophysics
  • Highways
  • Substructures
  • Superstructures
  • Nondestructive testing
  • Drilled shafts
  • Decks
  • Pavements
  • Vibration evaluation
  • Valuation
  • Geological evaluations
  • Roadway subsidence
  • Physical properties
  • Surfaces
  • Engineering properties
  • Geophysical surveys
Source Agency
  • Federal Highway Administration
Corporate Authors Blackhawk Geosciences, Inc., Golden, CO.; Federal Highway Administration, Lakewood, CO. Region 8.
Supplemental Notes Sponsored by Federal Highway Administration, Lakewood, CO. Region 8.
Document Type Technical Report
NTIS Issue Number 200512
Contract Number
  • DTFH68-02-P-00083
Application of Geophysical Methods to Highway Related Problems.
Application of Geophysical Methods to Highway Related Problems.
PB2005102288

  • Highway engineering
  • Geophysics
  • Highways
  • Substructures
  • Superstructures
  • Nondestructive testing
  • Drilled shafts
  • Decks
  • Pavements
  • Vibration evaluation
  • Valuation
  • Geological evaluations
  • Roadway subsidence
  • Physical properties
  • Surfaces
  • Engineering properties
  • Geophysical surveys
  • Federal Highway Administration
  • DTFH68-02-P-00083
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