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Academic Interest

Teaching

Information Communication Technology and Applied Environmental Geophysics

Research

Earthquake Engineering, Applied Geophysics & Engineering Optimization

Consultancy

Underground exploration using Geophysics Method and Website Development

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Geophysical Survey

Geophysics is a modern science routinely applied to ground exploration. Geophysical surveys should be a routine part of most ground investigations for civil engineering projects and mineral exploration. The use of geophysics often represents the only way of achieving total ground coverage to ensure targets are reliably identified and imaged prior to invasive work. A range of survey tools are available for mapping/profiling subsurface targets such as mineral bodies, engineering rockhead, shallow archaeology, environmental contamination through to unexploded ordnance.
Site Characterization

  • Buried Foundations
  • Tanks and Drums
  • Buried Services
  • Contamination Plumes
Ground Hazards

  • Mine Workings
  • UXO
  • Karst
  • Slope Stability
Geotechnical

  • Rockhead Profiling
  • Fractures/Faults
  • Geological Mapping
  • Engineering Properties
Archaeology/3D Survey

  • Archaeology Mapping
  • Heritage Structures
  • Historical Sites
  • Building Scanning & Survey

Resistivity Survey

Electrical properties are among the most useful geophysical parameters in characterising Earth materials. Variations in electrical resistivity (or conversely, conductivity) typically correlate with variations in lithology, water saturation, fluid conductivity, porosity and permeability.

Acquisition of resistivity tomography data involves the deployment of an array of regularly spaced electrodes, which are connected to a central control unit via multi- core cables. Linear arrays are employed for 2D surveys while a square array is used for a 3D survey. Resistivity data are then recorded via complex combinations of current and potential electrode pairs to build up a pseudo cross-section of apparent resistivity beneath the survey line. The depth of investigation depends on the electrode separation and geometry, with greater electrode separations yielding bulk resistivity measurements to greater depths.

The modeled true subsurface resistivity image is then derived from finite-difference forward modeling via specialist software (RES2DINV). The true resistivity models are presented as color-scaled contour plots of changes in sub-surface resistivity with depth.

Applications of resistivity:

  • Mapping geological features
  • Detection of buried structures
  • Karst & solution features
  • Groundwater exploration
  • Landfill waste mass studies
The benefits:

  • Up to 1.5 line km per day
  • Depths down to 60+ meters
  • Laterally continuous data
  • Non-invasive
  • Exceptional value

Seismic Refraction Survey

Seismic refraction is a useful method for investigating geological structure and rock properties. The technique involves the observation of a seismic signal that has been refracted between layers of contrasting seismic velocity. Shots are deployed using a hammer/gun/explosive source at the surface and shockwave data recorded via a linear array of geophone sensors. The travel-times of refracted signal are derived from the data and are then processed to determine depth profiles of the targeted geological boundary.

The cross-section illustrates the advantage of carrying out a seismic refraction survey to map rockhead between exploratory boreholes. The results from the refraction survey identified a ‘channel’ feature at the bedrock interface, which also correlated to a zone of low seismic velocity. This was interpreted and subsequently proven to be preferential weathering along a bedrock fracture zone.

Applications of seismic:

  • Engineering rockhead
  • Weathered rockhead
  • Bedrock structure
  • Buried channels
  • Rock strength & rippability
  • Water table
The benefits:

  • Low Cost
  • High productivity
  • Continuous profiles
  • Non-invasive
  • Environmentally friendly

List of Projects

Forensic Assessment using Geophysical Methods at Tanjung Bin Power Plant, Johor – Phase 2
Structure rehabilitation due to settlement problem (2020)
Client: Malakoff Corporation Berhad, Johor

Resistivity Survey for Water Tank Design at Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan
Site Investigation using resistivity survey (2020)
Client: AK Consult Sdn. Bhd., Johor Bahru, Johor

Road Investigation using Geophysical Method at Jalan Tanjung Resang, Mersing, Johor
Electrical resistivity and MASW survey (2019)
Client: Public Work Department (JKR), Mersing, Johor

Rippability Assessment using Seismic Refraction Methods at Nusajaya, Johor
Seismic refraction investigation survey (2019)
Client: Omni Project Consultancy Sdn. Bhd., Skudai, Johor

Forensic Assessment using Geophysical Methods at Tanjung Bin Power Plant, Johor – Phase 1
Structure rehabilitation due to settlement problem (2019)
Client: Malakoff Corporation Berhad, Johor

Soil Investigation and Resistivity Survey at TNB Hydroelectric Dams
Electrical resistivity and MASW survey (2019)
Client: TNB Research Sdn. Bhd., Selangor

Geophysical Forensic Investigation at Gunung Pulai Water Treatment Plant, Johor
Structure rehabilitation due to settlement problem (2018)
Client: Ranhill SAJ Sdn. Bhd., Johor

Ground Water Exploration using Resistivity Technique at Gemas, Negeri Sembilan
Electrical resistivity survey for mineral water exploration (2018)
Client: Agrosains Universiti Malaya, Gemas, Negeri Sembilan

Geophysical Investigation at Klinik Kesihatan 3, Taman Bukit Indah, Johor
Electrical resistivity and seismic refraction survey (2017)
Client: Public Work Department (JKR), Johor Bahru, Johor

Geophysical Investigation at Klinik Kesihatan 3, Ulu Tiram, Johor
Electrical resistivity and seismic refraction survey (2017)
Client: Public Work Department (JKR), Johor Bahru, Johor

Geophysical Investigation at Swimming Pool Centre, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
Electrical resistivity and seismic refraction survey (2017)
Client: Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Johor Bahru, Johor

Non Destructive Geophysical Forensic Investigation at Taman Pelangi Indah, Johor
Electrical resistivity and seismic refraction survey (2013)
Client: Haikal Jurutera Perunding Sdn. Bhd., Skudai, Johor

Contact Me

Ts. Mohd Nur Asmawisham bin Alel

School of Civil Engineering
Faculty of Engineering
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
81310 Johor Bahru
Johor, MALAYSIA

(60)10-9000-250

info[at]asmawisham.com