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Detection of abandoned mineshafts using towed-array capacitive resistivity and real-time kinematic GPS navigation

Kuras, O.; Beamish, D.; Meldrum, P.I.; Ogilvy, R.D.; Strange, K.; Waller, M.; Roberts, G.W.; Williams, G.M.. 2003 Detection of abandoned mineshafts using towed-array capacitive resistivity and real-time kinematic GPS navigation. In: 9th European Meeting of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics, Prague, Czech Republic, 31 Aug - 4 Sept 2003. EAGE, 1-4.

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Abstract/Summary

The UK has a long history of mining but it was not until 1875 that the accurate mapping of mine workings and the submission of abandonment plans became a legal requirement. Where mineshafts are indicated on plans, they may be mislocated due to poor or inaccurate surveying. Consequently, the redevelopment of derelict land in the built environment frequently encounters potential geohazards, such as old adits, bell pits and shafts. These mining relics pose a serious risk to health and safety. This paper demonstrates how the combination of modem geophysical survey techniques with state-of-the-art satellite-based positioning may assist in the detection of such features. Recent advances in these fields offer the possibility of using towed-array resistivity instruments in conjunction with highly accurate (sub-decimetre) real-time kinematic global positioning systems (RTKGPS). Here we describe the use of multi-offset towed-array capacitive resistivity (CR) with GPS navigation for mapping resistivity over a known mineshaft in the historic mining area of Bonsall Leys in Derbyshire, UK.

Item Type: Publication - Conference Item (Paper)
Programmes: BGS Programmes > Other
NORA Subject Terms: Earth Sciences
Date made live: 19 May 2016 08:24 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/513662

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