Articles | Volume 10, issue 4
Research article
03 Jul 2019
Research article |  | 03 Jul 2019

Drill bit noise imaging without pilot trace, a near-surface interferometry example

Mehdi Asgharzadeh, Ashley Grant, Andrej Bona, and Milovan Urosevic

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Subject area: The evolving Earth surface | Editorial team: Seismics, seismology, paleoseismology, geoelectrics, and electromagnetics | Discipline: Geophysics
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Data acquisition costs mainly borne by expensive vibrator machines (i.e., deployment, operations, and maintenance) can be regarded as the main impediment to wide application of seismic methods in the mining industry. Here, we show that drill bit noise can be used to image the shallow subsurface when it is optimally acquired and processed. Drill bit imaging methods have many applications in small scale near-surface projects, such as those in mining exploration and geotechnical investigation.