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Magnetic prospection is based on measurement of the Earth’s natural magnetic field. Ferrous objects or other magnetic potent structures cause a measurable distortion (anomaly) of the Earth’s magnetic field.

Application examples:

  • Detection of hidden ferrous objects (e.g. barrels, drums, cable lines, ordnance, fundaments with armouring)
  • Detection and limitation of old hidden waste landfills with magnetic potent substances
  • Outline areas with demolition rubble in subsurface
  • Lithological formation of subsurface in regions of crystalline bedrock
  • Detection of fault zones especially in regions of crystalline bedrock
  • Mapping of archaeological structures (furnaces, brick walls, streets, ditches, etc.)

Depth of penetration: about 5 m

Magnetic 3-sensors-array

Magnetic 3-sensors-array

For fieldwork rectangular areas are marked out. The engineer paces these areas with the sensor in lines, to record a value every 10 to 30 cm. geoFact often uses arrays with three or four magnetic sensors to speed up measurement progress. In addition to digital fluxgate sensors (gradiometer) geoFact uses a state-of-the-art cesium magnetometer (total field magnetometer) and also owns a proton magnetometer.

Results of a magnetic measurement for search of ordnance

Result for search of unexploded ordnance

Interpretation with newest software tools display anomalies in colours. In a further step, these anomalies serve information to model depth, size and weight of ferrous objects (e. g. UXO, unexploded ordnance).