Post flooding damage assessment of earth dams and historical reservoirs using non-invasive geophysical techniques

Sentenac, Phillippe and Benes, Vojtech and Budinski, Vladimir and Keenan, Helen and Baron, Ron (2017) Post flooding damage assessment of earth dams and historical reservoirs using non-invasive geophysical techniques. Journal of Applied Geophysics, 146. pp. 138-148. ISSN 0926-9851

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    Abstract

    This paper describes the use of four geophysical techniques to map the structural integrity of historical earth reservoir embankments which are susceptible to natural decay with time. The four techniques that were used to assess the post flood damage were 1. A fast scanning technique using a dipole electromagnetic profile apparatus (GEM2), 2. Electrical Resistivity Tomography (ERT) in order to obtain a high resolution image of the shape of the damaged/seepage zone, 3. Self-Potential surveys were carried out to relate the detected seepage evolution and change of the water displacement inside the embankment, 4. The washed zone in the areas with piping was characterised with microgravimetry. The four geophysical techniques used were evaluated against the case studies of two reservoirs in South Bohemia, Czech Republic. A risk approach based on the Geophysical results was undertaken for the reservoir embankments. The four techniques together enabled a comprehensive non-invasive assessment whereby remedial action could be recommended where required. Conclusions were also drawn on the efficiency of the techniques to be applied for embankments with wood structures.