Research Activities: 2006

Geophysical Characterization of Soil and Bedrock, Monroe City Bridge


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Matching Research Agency

Fuller, Mossbarger, Scott and May Engineers, Inc.


Principal Investigator

Neil Anderson
University of Missouri-Rolla
125 McNutt Hall, Department of Geology and Geophysics
Rolla, MO 65401

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Student Involvement

Graduate and undergraduate students will be involved in the project.


Project Objectives

The objective is to use echo sounding and marine seismic profiling techniques to image sub-bottom sediments at a MoDOT bridge site, south of Monroe City.


Project Abstract

UMR proposes to acquire echo sounding and marine seismic profiling data at a MoDOT bridge site, south of Monroe City. These geophysical data will be processed, analyzed and interpreted with the objective of mapping and characterizing sub-bottom sediment and bedrock at this construction site. The main project deliverables will be maps showing the location and estimated water depths and depth to bedrock at the construction site.


Anticipated Benefits

The main project deliverables will be of great utility to the Missouri Department of Transportation in terms of designing suitable foundations for the new bridge spans. The project will give UMR researchers the opportunity to develop expertise in the field of "marine seismics".


Modal Orientation

Non-destructive/and non-invasive imaging.



Project Start Date:

October 16, 2006

Project End Date:October 15 , 2007

Relationship to other Research/Projects

UMR faculty are engaged in a number of externally-funded projects that involve the non-destructive imaging of soils and bedrock.


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, echo sounding, sub-bottom profiling