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 Characterization of surface/near-surface structural geological properties for infrastructure planning

 

Challenge ID:

HCP-2501

Originator:

Onshore: Hatfield

Title:

Characterization of surface/near-surface structural geological properties for infrastructure planning.

Theme:

ON 2.5: Surface Geology Mapping - Engineering geological evaluation

Consortium Lead:

Arup

Interviewed Company:

Arup

Geography:

ON.REG.00 - Generic onshore

Challenge Description

What is not possible / not adequately addressed at present?

Need to support the identification of engineering-geological parameters of surface and near-surface materials (rock-soil) for design of infrastructure, foundation design, route planning and slope stability assessment, and rock excavability (e.g. for pipeline trenching).

 

What effect does this challenge have on operations?

Reduces uncertainty, improves decision making for field development.

Early identification of constraints and opportunities.

 

Thematic information requirements:

Identification of: soil / rock; soil type (sand / clay); soft / hard ground;

What do you currently do to address this challenge? 

How is this challenge conventionally addressed?

Geotechnical Desk Study

Ground investigations and boreholes

Geological maps

Field geological mapping

Geophysics

Remote Sensing (multispectral) analysis

What kind of solutions do you envisage could address this challenge?

DEM analysis

High Resolution stereo DEM

Multispectral and hyperspectral

Automated classification processing

Geophysics

What is your view on the capability of technology to meet this need?

Are you currently using EO tech? If not, why not?

Best suited to use of high resolution optical imagery and high resolution DEM. Currently only rarely used because of perceived high cost. There is a need to educate industry to the cost-benefit value of using this data early on in project lifecycle - data

Challenge Classification

Impact on Lifecycle (0=none, 4=high):

Climate / Topography / Urgency:

Pre-license:

1

Climate class:

Generic climate

Exploration:

2

Topographic class:

Not specific

Development:

3

Seasonal variations:

Any season

Production:

1

Impact area:

Environmental, Health and Safety, Cost reduction

Decommissioning:

1

Technology urgency:

3 - Immediately (0-2 years)

Challenge Information Requirements

Update frequency:

Snapshot

Data currently used:

Air photo interpretation

DEM analysis (ASTER, SRTM, High res optical DEM)

Google Earth

Spatial resolution:

Regional to License

Thematic accuracy:

Not specific

Required formats:

Not Specific

Timeliness (Vintage):

Reference data

Geographic extents:

License

Existing standards:

None