Services

In addition to its mandate mission to provide information to Caribbean governments on earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanoes, the UWI Seismic Research Centre offers a wide range of services and consultancies to private and public sectors, individuals and communities. With an experienced team, state-of-the-art instruments and technology, we can provide valuable information with regards to geological, geophysical and geotechnical interest. Contact us for more information.

Geotechnical

While geotechnical drilling provides error free information at a given point on the ground, the information is limited spatially, and cannot be applied easily everywhere. With a range of techniques, we can determine the composition of the subsurface, the shear wave velocity, the depth of the shallow aquifer and the liquefaction potential.

Methods used: Electric, Seismic (active and passive), Electromagnetic.

Land Stability

Slopes can pose a threat to communities, especially when soft soil gets saturated with water. We can determine the detachment interface between the rock and sediments, calculate the landslide volume, and provide further advice to mitigate the problem. The same can be applied to road stability and dam flanks.

Methods used: Electric, Seismic (active and passive).

Karsts, Voids, Sinkholes, Tanks Detection

Karsts can occur in a limestone environment with the presence of water. Sinkholes can present in a built environment without previous notice. Legal or illegal tanks can be used to hide liquids or solids. Using tomographic methods, we can detect and specify their existence and dimensions.

Methods used: Electric, Seismic (active and passive), Electromagnetic.

Forensics Geophysics

Buried material (either organic or not) can be detected when it is close to the surface using specialized techniques, enabling us to determine its location and extent. We can guide interested parties to focus their attention in certain areas, saving time and resources.

Methods used: Electric, Electromagnetic.

 

Structural Monitoring

Infrastructure can be in potential risk due to aging or unexpected shaking. We offer structural monitoring on buildings, bridges, dams with specialized equipment and software, which can alert in real time the infrastructure manager and inform of the potential damage.

Methods used: Seismological.

Water Aquifer Determination

Water aquifers can be found underground at depths ranging from tens to hundreds of meters. Using electric and electromagnetic methods we can determine the depth of the aquifer.

Geothermal Potential

In areas where the magma can rise close to the surface (e.g. volcanic areas), the ground water is heated up and can be used for a variety of purposes. We offer exploration of the area to determine the size and depth of the aquifer.

Methods used: Electric, Electromagnetic.

Geothermal monitoring

When geothermal usage is activated, it can induce elevated seismic activity. We offer a range of solutions for real time monitoring and alert the relevant managers when the activity exceeds a predefined level in almost real time.

Methods used: Seismological.

Coastal Erosion

With climate change affecting sea water levels, coastal erosion has been accelerated. We can monitor and determine the extent of the erosion using standard and customized techniques.

Methods used: Electric, Seismic (passive and active).

Mud Diapirism (mud volcanoes)

Mud diapirism can occur under certain geological conditions. We can investigate in three and four dimensions to determine the potential risk and monitor the situation in almost real time.

Methods used: Electric, Seismic (Active).

Economic Geology/Geophysics

Estimation of near surface deposit volume of aggregates, limestone and other largescale geological resources.

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