Synthesis of Information Related to Highway Problems. Topic 36-08. Use of Geophysics for Transportation Projects

The use of geophysics in relation to highway projects includes the use of non-destructive, quantitative physical methods to study earth materials. Geophysics when applied to transportation projects has the potential to save money and time. Some of these benefits are realized in better site characterization, quick acquisition and processing of data, and less harm the environment. Success of this technology hinges on correct application. While use of geophysics is increasing among the state DOTs across the country, it is unclear how and where the technology is being applied. Since there are significant benefits to this technology's application, it is proposed that a synthesis be made assessing the use of geophysics by state, federal, and international transportation agencies and their experiences with these methods.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-05, Topic

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  USA  20590

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW
    Washington, DC  USA  20001

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  USA  20001
  • Project Managers:

    Williams, Jon

  • Performing Organizations:

    Power Surveying

    Fredrick, CO  USA 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Sirles, Phil

  • Start Date: 20041001
  • Actual Completion Date: 20060501
  • Source Data: RiP Project 9796

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01460761
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Cooperative Highway Research Program
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-05, Topic
  • Files: RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:31PM