Detection of Abandoned Mineshafts and Mine-Waste by Capacitively-Coupled Resistivity Imaging (CCRI)
The project will comprise 5 main workpackages:
Workpackage 1: Instrumental design and development of capacitive electrode arrays.
Workpackage 2: Develop interfacing software to link a commercial RTKGPS positioning system to the CCRI unit to allow towed or random surveying.
Workpackage 3: Adapt Finite-Element modelling code for 2D/3D inversion of CCRI survey data and tomographic image reconstruction.
Workpackage 4: Field experiments at selected test sites in the West Midlands to calibrate the CCRI measurements against ground-truth.
Workpackage 5: Project Management.
October 1999 Three years
University of Nottingham
The proposed system aims to improve the detectability of physical and environmental hazards associated with abandoned mines and to minimise the cost of intrusive sampling in highly heterogeneous ground conditions. The principal beneficiaries, therefore, will be the construction and engineering industries, planning authorities and environmental protection agencies. Contaminated and unstable ground is not just a threat to health and safety but also has a blighting influence on property values, planning and economic re-generation. Rapid, high-density scanning of the shallow surface will improve confidence that the land is fit for purpose and arbitrary protection zones could be reduced accordingly.
Scott Wilson Kirkpatrick & Co Ltd
Mine Investigation & Stabilisation Ltd
The Coal Authority
Further information is available from the following contacts:
Lead Researcher: Dr R D Ogilvy
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URGENT Science Co-ordinator: Graham Leeks
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