Near-surface geophysics provides an efficient, cost-effective, and non-invasive method for the investigation and assessment of property. When sequenced, implemented, and integrated properly, geophysics can enhance our understanding of site-specific subsurface conditions to optimize further intrusive investigation and corrective action. Geophysical data allow for a more informed decision-making process when evaluating the benefits and potential liabilities associated with property acquisition. This paper focuses on geophysics as an innovative technical approach to manage risk and optimize site investigations. In addition, the paper draws on case studies where geophysical investigations were used to confirm suspected underground features or identify previously unknown hazards that would have significantly impacted the development cost and timing of these sites had their existence gone undetected.
Japitana, Jesse N. and Cataldo, Robert M.
"Geophysics For Fun And Profit: How To Manage Your Due Diligence Risk,"
Proceedings of the Annual International Conference on Soils, Sediments, Water and Energy:
Vol. 14, Article 26.
Available at: http://scholarworks.umass.edu/soilsproceedings/vol14/iss1/26