Research Activities: 2000

Ground-Penetrating Radar/Seismic Study—Branson/Springfield, Mo.



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Matching Research Agency

Raytheon Engineers & Contractors

Principal Investigator

Neil L. Anderson, Professor
University of Missouri-Rolla
Rolla, MO 65409
p(573) 341-4852
f(573) 341-6935

Student Involvement

One (1) M.S. student

Project Objective

Multi-option/multi- phase geophysical investigation

Project Abstract

Acquire approximately 2000 feet of test GRP data using a low frequency antenna (120 MHz or lower). Data will be processed and interpreted in order to determine whether GPR can be used to image bedrock. If bedrock can be confidently imaged to a depth of 20 feet, will begin Phase II. If the GPR tool does not provide the necessary resolution, will proceed to Phase III. In Phase II, GPR data will be acquired along thirty-one, 2000 foot long, parallel profiles spaced at 50 feet. This data will be processed and interpreted, and used to generate a depth-to-bedrock map of the study area. In places, bedrock may not be imaged on GRP profiles, either because of poor data quality or because bedrock is too deep. Phase III, refraction seismic data will be acquired along a grid of twelve, 3000 foot long, parallel profiles spaced at 125 feet. Control on-line will be at 10-foot intervals.

Task Description

The usefulness of Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR).

Anticipated Benefits

To generate a depth-to-bedrock map of study area.

Modal Orientation



Project Start Date:09/06/2000
Project End Date:09/05/2001

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Technology Transfer Activities

Report to Raytheon Engineers and Contractors.

Transportation Research Board Keywords

Ground-penetrating-radar, bedrock and grid lines