Surface Wave Methods for Near-Surface Site Characterization
CRC Press – 2014 – 490 pages
Surface wave methods analysis the dispersive nature of surface wave propagation in heterogeneous media to measure shear wave velocity or material damping ratio profiles, and enable earthquake site response to be assessed.
This is the only comprehensive reference that provides a unified treatment of surface wave propagation, signal processing, inverse theory and the testing protocols that form the basis of modern surface wave methods. The use of these tests has increased dramatically since the 1980s, but they are too often performed and interpreted in a variety of ways that are confusing. This book answers the pressing need for a guide to the basic principles as well as outlining a set of reliable, dependable and accepted practices. It is written for geotechnical engineers, engineering seismologists and geophysicists as well as academics in these fields.
"At last a definitive book on the acquisition of ground properties by surface waves! In the past, geotechnical engineers have lacked a readily accessible guide and body of knowledge in one state-of-the-art volume to give them the confidence to use this hugely important method of site characterization. Now engineers can have this guide on how to quickly and non-invasively test large volumes of soil to give overall dynamic (small strain) soil properties used in the prediction of static surface settlements and lateral ground movements. The increasingly wide-spread use of the method must surely follow the publication of this book that will become a standard on the bookshelves of academics and practitioners alike."
—Bruce Menzies, founder, Global Digital Systems Ltd (GDS)
"This book gives an excellent overview of surface wave methods as well as detailed and rigorous insights on various aspects of such methods. It is thus an invaluable source of information for practitioners, students and researchers."
—Jean-Francois SEMBLAT, IFSTTAR, Dept GERS, Earthquakes & Vibrations Lab
1. Overview of Surface Wave Methods 2. Linear Wave Propagation in Vertically Heterogeneous Media 3. Surface Wave Measurements 4. Dispersion Analysis 5. Attenuation Analysis 6. Inversion 7. Case Histories 8. Advanced Surface Wave Methods 9. Software Tools
Sebastiano Foti is an assistant professor at Politecnico di Torino, Italy.
Carlo G. Lai is Head of the Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Seismology Section at the European Centre for Training and Research in Earthquake Engineering (EUCENTRE) in Pavia, Italy.
Glenn J. Rix is a Professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, USA.
Claudio Strobbia is Senior Research Geophysicist in the WesternGeco-Schlumberger Cairo Technology Center, in Cairo, Egypt.