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Comparing Automatic and Manual Methods for Determination of the Bedrock Interface Using AEM DataNormal access

Authors: H. Anschuetz, M. Voege, A. Kydland Lysdahl, S. Bazin, G. Sauvin, A. Pfaffhuber and A.L. Berggren
Event name: Near Surface Geoscience 2016 - 22nd European Meeting of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics
Session: Engineering Geology and Geotechnical Investigations I
Publication date: 04 September 2016
DOI: 10.3997/2214-4609.201601969
Organisations: EAGE
Language: English
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An extensive airborne electromagnetic (AEM) survey was carried out in Norway with the primary purpose to obtain information of depth to bedrock in areas with little or no prior geotechnical knowledge. We present different approaches to extract a bedrock model from the high-resolution time-domain AEM data, including both automated and manual procedures. It is found that in the area of investigation a user-driven approach of manual bedrock picking is most suitable, taking into account the strongest vertical resistivity gradient and geological information as additional information. A semi-automatic, statistical method, called Localized Smart Interpretation (LSI), is presented and discussed in addition. This method, while not included in the original bedrock model for the entire area, proved promising and should thus be implemented in future projects of similar scope.

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