Geophysical Surveys

ECS provides an extensive portfolio of geotechnical services, and our geophysical surveys are one of the most effective solutions for understanding surface properties on your construction site. As your geophysical contractors, we can uncover critical data about the site and help you determine the best approach to construction for the safety and longevity of your building.

Learn more about our geophysical surveys and why they are valuable to construction teams.

ECS provides an extensive portfolio of geotechnical services, and our geophysical surveys are one of the most effective solutions for understanding surface properties on your construction site. As your geophysical contractors, we can uncover critical data about the site and help you determine the best approach to construction for the safety and longevity of your building.

Learn more about our geophysical surveys and why they are valuable to construction teams.

Geophysical surveys are non-destructive

Geophysical surveys enhance our subsurface explorations, by determining soil and rock properties, with minimal destructive testing or invasive exploration. They can reduce the risk of surprises during construction and can also supplement or even accelerate data acquisition of a conventional subsurface exploration program consisting of soil borings and test pits.

The additional information obtained using geophysical methods at your site can serve to reduce the potential for unknown or changed subsurface conditions, which can lead to costly construction overruns and project delays. ECS’ investment in technology, equipment and training, is meant to make your projects more cost efficient, with fewer surprises.

Geophysical surveys are non-destructive, non-intrusive technologies applicable in most geologies that expand our subsurface exploration methods and analytical tools. We utilize different technologies to explore known or suspected subsurface anomalies, gauge depth to rock and to determine the soil shear wave velocity parameters, site seismic classification and more.

Geophysical surveys are non-destructive

Geophysical surveys enhance our subsurface explorations, by determining soil and rock properties, with minimal destructive testing or invasive exploration. They can reduce the risk of surprises during construction and can also supplement or even accelerate data acquisition of a conventional subsurface exploration program consisting of soil borings and test pits.

The additional information obtained using geophysical methods at your site can serve to reduce the potential for unknown or changed subsurface conditions, which can lead to costly construction overruns and project delays. ECS’ investment in technology, equipment and training, is meant to make your projects more cost efficient, with fewer surprises.

Geophysical surveys are non-destructive, non-intrusive technologies applicable in most geologies that expand our subsurface exploration methods and analytical tools. We utilize different technologies to explore known or suspected subsurface anomalies, gauge depth to rock and to determine the soil shear wave velocity parameters, site seismic classification and more.

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Examples of technologies we use include:

The ECS team applies a range of leading tools to extract data from your construction site. Some of these technologies include:

  • Seismic refraction
  • Shear wave velocity testing
  • Ground penetrating radar
  • Soil resistivity and much more

Our professionals will determine the right tools and methods based on the data we uncover to make this service as cost-effective as possible. 

Examples of technologies we use include:

The ECS team applies a range of leading tools to extract data from your construction site. Some of these technologies include:

  • Seismic refraction
  • Shear wave velocity testing
  • Ground penetrating radar
  • Soil resistivity and much more

Our professionals will determine the right tools and methods based on the data we uncover to make this service as cost-effective as possible. 

two engineers reviewing plans
two engineers reviewing plans

When to Use Geophysical Surveying

Geophysical surveys can be valuable for a wide range of construction projects. These assessments are especially useful for areas with unpredictable surface and soil behaviors. These areas might include regions prone to earthquakes, construction sites located on or near slopes and areas close to bodies of water. 

Geophysical surveying is recommended during the planning stage of a process to uncover all the information you need for construction. Surveys can be conducted after a building is complete, but in this application, they are typically only used to analyze failures and determine where a project went wrong. A well-timed survey enables crews to get ahead of failures before they happen and assess the ground before building.

Typical parameters geophysical surveys can reveal include:

  • Thickness of soil layers
  • Physical properties of these layers
  • Layer variability
  • Structures underground
  • Presence of contaminants, utilities and other human-made substances

These factors are all standards in the construction process, but geophysical surveys can reveal more in-depth information about a site’s surface than a standard subsurface exploration. Using geophysical surveying methods can remove uncertainties about your project, like how the ground will behave in seismic activity and how to lay out your structure for the longevity of the investment.

Geophysical surveys also play a role in our value engineering services. When you need to reduce costs while retaining function, ECS can use these surveys to determine the right materials and methods for your project. These assessments can help us find the most cost-effective choices for the final product. Geophysical surveying as a service is also cost-effective given the value of the information we can gain for the ease of the process.

When to Use Geophysical Surveying

Geophysical surveys can be valuable for a wide range of construction projects. These assessments are especially useful for areas with unpredictable surface and soil behaviors. These areas might include regions prone to earthquakes, construction sites located on or near slopes and areas close to bodies of water. 

Geophysical surveying is recommended during the planning stage of a process to uncover all the information you need for construction. Surveys can be conducted after a building is complete, but in this application, they are typically only used to analyze failures and determine where a project went wrong. A well-timed survey enables crews to get ahead of failures before they happen and assess the ground before building.

Typical parameters geophysical surveys can reveal include:

  • Thickness of soil layers
  • Physical properties of these layers
  • Layer variability
  • Structures underground
  • Presence of contaminants, utilities and other human-made substances

These factors are all standards in the construction process, but geophysical surveys can reveal more in-depth information about a site’s surface than a standard subsurface exploration. Using geophysical surveying methods can remove uncertainties about your project, like how the ground will behave in seismic activity and how to lay out your structure for the longevity of the investment.

Geophysical surveys also play a role in our value engineering services. When you need to reduce costs while retaining function, ECS can use these surveys to determine the right materials and methods for your project. These assessments can help us find the most cost-effective choices for the final product. Geophysical surveying as a service is also cost-effective given the value of the information we can gain for the ease of the process.

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Choose ECS as Your Geophysical Survey Professionals

The ECS team is a trusted partner for your geophysical surveying needs. Our team has a diverse range of experience that allows us to consult on various projects and provide evidence-backed advice for your approach. We are problem-solvers, and we look forward to the geophysical survey process for the profoundly valuable data it can reveal for your project.

Outside of our expertise, we provide our services with your needs in mind. Communication is key, and our team ensures you understand every step in our process as we move through our surveying method. Following our completed survey, we provide in-depth information about your site and how to respond to its characteristics. 

We have experience with some of the most complex ground conditions, and we understand what solutions can deliver the best results. We prioritize excellent service in everything we do, so you can turn to us as your trusted partner in geophysical services.

Choose ECS as Your Geophysical Survey Professionals

The ECS team is a trusted partner for your geophysical surveying needs. Our team has a diverse range of experience that allows us to consult on various projects and provide evidence-backed advice for your approach. We are problem-solvers, and we look forward to the geophysical survey process for the profoundly valuable data it can reveal for your project.

Outside of our expertise, we provide our services with your needs in mind. Communication is key, and our team ensures you understand every step in our process as we move through our surveying method. Following our completed survey, we provide in-depth information about your site and how to respond to its characteristics. 

We have experience with some of the most complex ground conditions, and we understand what solutions can deliver the best results. We prioritize excellent service in everything we do, so you can turn to us as your trusted partner in geophysical services.

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Get in Touch to Learn More

ECS knows what it takes to create a building that is designed to last and be as safe as possible, and it all starts at the surface. With our geophysical surveys, you gain all the critical data you need about soil and rock behaviors to create a reliable plan for your building. The ECS team is here to offer support where you need it most. 

Please contact us with any questions you may have regarding geophysical surveys. We look forward to partnering with you!

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Get in Touch to Learn More

ECS knows what it takes to create a building that is designed to last and be as safe as possible, and it all starts at the surface. With our geophysical surveys, you gain all the critical data you need about soil and rock behaviors to create a reliable plan for your building. The ECS team is here to offer support where you need it most. 

Please contact us with any questions you may have regarding geophysical surveys. We look forward to partnering with you!

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