We find buried things.
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Geophysics (remote detection of buried objects)
We can find almost anything that’s buried underground without digging. This includes unmarked graves, different soil types or contaminants, archaeology, buried rubbish and landfill. We can even find underground geological features such as sinkholes, water aquifers or variations in bedrock depth, and we can measure the thickness of soil layers. We can also find defects in concrete and asphalt surfaces – including roads and airport runways – which is important for preventing (or, at least, predicting) potholes or dolines (sinkholes). We are also capable of mapping reinforcing bars (“rebar” or “reo”) in concrete, and performing “as-built” surveys for the construction industry.
Surveying (creation of site maps)
We can create a map of anything. This includes mapping archaeological features as part of cultural heritage management plans (CHMPs) (to the Aboriginal Affairs Victoria and Heritage Victoria standards), creating a map of a public area or a construction site, creating maps of cemeteries (as well as creating new rows for interments) and digital interment registers, as well as three-dimensional, full-colour laser scanning of anything (buildings, landscapes, etc.). Our laser scanning service has particular use in real estate for creating millimetre-accurate floor plans and virtual tours of properties. For large-scale projects, we can deploy unmanned aircraft to rapidly create site maps and collect aerial imagery (with a higher resolution to that available through Google Earth). We also oversee extremely large-scale projects that require the use of LiDAR technologies.
Geology and geochemistry
We undertake geomorphological studies to determine geological histories, as well as performing geochemical investigations using analytical chemistry techniques including x-ray fluorescence spectroscopy (XRF). These methods are particularly useful in farming where certain chemicals or contaminants may be undesirable. They are also useful for detecting the leeching of contaminants from mine tailings into the surrounding environment.