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February 22, 2020

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NDE users seminar offered at Olson's Rockville MD office

March 10-12 2020

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NDT System Add-On — Crosshole / Downhole Seismic

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Crosshole/Downhole Seismic

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Base Models:
CS-1 (Crosshole Seismic) with P-SV Source

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Crosshole/Downhole Seismic (CS/DS) investigations provide information on dynamic soil and rock properties.

The Crosshole Seismic (CS) system and method determine shear and compressional wave velocity versus depth profiles. From these measurements, parameters, such as Poisson’s ratios and moduli, can be easily determined. In addition, the material damping can be determined from CS tests. These dynamic soil and rock properties are often utilized for earthquake design analyses necessary for certain structures, liquefaction potential studies, site development, and dynamic machine foundation design. The most complete version of this downhole system, as manufactured by Olson Instruments, is comprised of a borehole source capable of generating shear and compressional waves and a pair of matching three component triaxial geophone receivers. These instruments are lowered to the same depth in boreholes set at ~ 10 ft (3 m) apart in a line. The instruments are coupled to the side of the grouted borehole inclinometer casing, allowing for the detection of shear and compressional waves as they pass between the receivers.

The Downhole Seismic (DS) investigations are similar to CS investigations, but require only one borehole to provide shear and compressional velocity wave profiles. The DS method uses a hammer source at the surface to impact a wood plank and generate shear and compressional waves. This is typically accomplished by coupling a plank to the ground near the borehole and then impacting the plank in the vertical and horizontal directions. The energy from these impacts is then received by a pair of matching three component geophone receivers, which have been lowered downhole and are spaced 5 to 10 ft (1.5 to 3 m) apart.

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Hands-on training is available for all of our Nondestructive Testing Methods at our Wheat Ridge, Colorado (USA) location, which is a suburb located appromately 15 minutes northwest of downtown Denver. Training may be available at your location by one of our agents upon special arrangement.


Applicable On:

  • Soil & Rock for Seismic and Vibrating Machine Foundation Design

Test For:

  • Image Voids, Solution Caverns, Washouts with Tomography
  • Locate Faults, Fractures
  • Seimic Shear & Compressional Wave Velocities

Meets ASTM:

  • D4428
  • D4428M-07
  • D7400 (DS)

Meets ACI:

  • N/A


All of Olson Instruments have been researched, tested, and used on-site daily by our sister company, Olson Engineering, world reknowned for NDT consulting. The OE Website is loaded with Tech Brief and project photos using the equipment shown on this website. Purchase our products to “do-it-yourself”, or hire an Olson Engineering Nondestructive Testing professional for your next project