Research Activities: 2003

SASW Study of Greater St. Louis and Surrounding Regions




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Matching Research Agency

Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the CUSEC State Geologists.

Principal Investigator

Neil Anderson
University of Missouri-Rolla
Department of Geology and Geophysics
125 McNutt Hall
Rolla, Missouri, 65401
p(573) 341-4852
f(573) 341-6935

Student Involvement

Graduate and undergraduate students will be involved in the project.

Project Objective

The objective is to use the MASW technique to determine the shear-wave velocity of the soil at 20 test sites in greater St. Louis and the surrounding region.

Project Abstract

UMR proposes to acquire multi-channel surface-wave (seismic analysis of surface waves; MASW) seismic data at 20 test sites in greater St. Louis and the surrounding region. These MASW data will be processed and analyzed (seismic analysis of surface waves), and used to construct subsurface shear-wave velocity profiles (to depths on the order of 50 feet). These shear-wave velocity data will be integrated into a regional soil characterization map currently being prepared by the CUSEC State Geologists.


Anticipated Benefits

The main project deliverable will a suite of vertical shear-wave soil velocity profiles. The project will also give UMR researchers the opportunity to develop expertise in the developing field of MASW.


Modal Orientation

Non-destructive/and non-invasive imaging.


Project Start Date:November 1, 2003
Project End Date:December 30, 2004

Relationship to other Research/Projects

UMR faculty are engaged in a number of externally-funded projects that involve the non-destructive imaging of engineered structures and non-invasive site characterization.


Technology Transfer Activities

Expertise with respect to acquisition, processing, interpretation and application of geophysical technologies will be shared via publications and presentations.

Transportation Research Board Keywords

non-destructive imaging, non-invasive imaging, technology transfer, education.