Abstract

An extensive airborne electromagnetic (AEM) survey was carried out in Norway with the primary purpose to obtain information of depth to bedrock in areas with little or no prior geotechnical knowledge. We present different approaches to extract a bedrock model from the high-resolution time-domain AEM data, including both automated and manual procedures. It was found that in the area of investigation a user-driven approach of manual bedrock picking was the most suitable, taking into account the strongest vertical resistivity gradient and geological information as additional information. A semi-automatic, statistical method, called Localized Smart Interpretation (LSI), is also presented and discussed. This method, while not included in the original bedrock model for the entire area, showed promising results while using less time compared to the fully manual approach. It is recommended that LSI be considered in future projects of similar scope.

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