Geology

A reliable model of the ground conditions is one of the key factors for the successful completion of a construction project. In addition to the detailed ground description, geomorphological and hydrogeological processes must be comprehensively described by the geologist and conveyed to all of the stakeholders in the project. The geological model is compiled in 3D. The field of activities of GEOCONSULT’s Department of Geology covers ground investigation reports, geotechnical interpretative and baseline reports for civil and structural engineering as well as tunnel projects. Site investigation programmes are planned according to the project’s necessity and the client’s risk management policy. GEOCONSULT develops and applies remote sensing technologies for different purposes and scales in order to improve accuracy and reduce the time required for data acquisition. Natural processes are monitored using long-term in situ measurements coupled with data logging technologies. Data and risk analysis is also carried out. Innovation and sustainability are not just buzzwords – they form an integrative part of GEOCONSULT`s philosophy.

GEOCONSULT’s Department of Geology has Austria’s first laboratory that performs isotope analysis of Oxygen 17 in addition to Oxygen 18 and Deuterium in water. Satellite and UAV acquired images are used for geological hazard observation, as well as for landfill and mining purposes. Photogrammetry is used during face mapping in tunnelling as well. Exploratory campaigns are individually planned, supervised and interpreted for each project and task, combining modern with tried and tested techniques. By the way, GEOCONSULT provides one of the most powerful and successful databases for geological mapping of underground works worldwide!

 

A selection of our geological mapping:

  • geological and hydrogeological surface mapping
  • ground investigation programmes
  • engineering geological documentation of underground works
  • database for geological tunnel documentation
  • feasibility studies
  • predictions of ground conditions
  • evaluation of mineral and ore deposits
  • hydrogeological studies
  • monitoring programs (water rights, mass movements)
  • groundwater modelling (transient, with particle and heat transport, 2D/3D)
  • investigation of mass movements
  • evaluation of natural hazards
  • 2D-3D rock fall, avalanche and mudflow modelling
  • environmental impact studies
  • isotope hydrochemistry and hydrochemistry analysis
  • tracer tests