Data processing using the multi-channel analysis of surface waves method (MASW)

The multi-channel analysis of surface waves is performed in two stages. At the first stage, measurements are performed with excitation in several points and saving the measured data to Seg-y files; at the second stage, the saved data are processed with the MASW method in the RadExPro software according to the manual //radexpro.ru/site/files/tutorials/RU_MASW_tutorial_rev120515.pdf.

The measurements are performed using a digital multi-channel seismic cable. All stethoscopes within the seismic cable are synchronized based on the navigation satellites’ signals using the ZET 7175 Synchronization Unit which is a part of the mobile measuring system. For measurements, standalone signal recording mode is used, as implemented by the ZET 7173 Standalone Recorder.

Цифровая многоканальная сейсмокоса
Мобильный комплект ZETSENSOR

When an excitation is caused by the impact hammer, the event is detected by ZET 7160 Logical Analyzer included in the mobile system; at that, the recorder registers the electric front of the digital signal and records this event in its internal log.

After the impact, ZETSENSOR mobile system is connected to a PC to transmit the recorded data for subsequent processing. Prior to the data uploading, files with the sampling rate over the recorded one (the data has been recorded with 200 Hz sampling rate, and those need to be re-sampled to 8 kHz rate, for instance) need conversion. Data conversion and transmission is performed using the ZETLAB software.

Transmitted data can be viewed using the historical data viewer (Figure 1).

Программа «Просмотр исторических данных»
Figure 1 “Historical data viewer” program

The event window displays the events corresponding to the surface wave excitation moments. Using zoom, mark a required fragment of the record (Figure 2).

Программа «Просмотр исторических данных»
Figure 2 “Historical data viewer” program

For subsequent processing, save the data in Seg-Y format using File menu, then press Save… (Figure 3).

Сохранение Seg-Y файла
Figure 3 Saving a Seg-Y file

Further processing is performed in the RadExPro program according to the manual, //radexpro.ru/site/files/tutorials/RU_MASW_tutorial_rev120515.pdf. Data from Seg-Y is used as the input data.

Поверхностные волны
Figure 4 Surface waves displayed in the Screen Display window

As a result, dispersion image is calculated for the set of data (Figure 5).

Дисперсионное изображение
Figure 5. Dispersion image

Выделение мод на дисперсионном изображении
Figure 6. Mode selection on the dispersion image

Окно подбора кривых
Figure 7. Curve selection window

Изображение начальной модели
Figure 8. Initial model image