Engineering Geological Services

Laboratory Testing

  • Rock Abrasivity Testing
    • Cerchar Abrasivity Index Test / more...
    • MLPC ABROY Abrasion Meter / more...

  • Slake Durability Index / more...

  • Particle Size Determination
    • Sieving / more...
    • X-Ray Adsorption / more...
    • Gravitational and Centrifugal Sedimentation Analysis / more...
    • Photoncorrelationspectroscopy / more...

  • Point Load Strength Index / more...

  • Digital Schmidt Hammer Testing / more...

  • Petrographic Analysis
    • Petrographic Analysis - Petrographic Thin Section Preparation / more...
    • Petrographic Analysis - Qualitative and Quantitative Petrographic Thin Section Description / more...

  • X-Ray Diffractometry (XRD)
    • Mineral and Phase Identification / more...
    • Clay Mineral Analysis / more...

  • Chemical Analysis of Rocks and Solids
    • X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometry / more...
    • Electron Probe Microanalyser (EPMA), Jeol JXA8200 "Superprobe" / more...

InSAR and LiDAR Surveys

Picture left: IBIS-FL InSAR. © TU Graz/IAG / more...

Picture right: Riegl LMS-Z620 LiDAR. © TU Graz/IAG / more...

Terrestrial LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) and InSAR (Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar) services.

UAV (Aerial Drone) Surveys

Aibotix Aibot X6 V2. © Aibotix

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) surveys are provided with the Aibotix Aibot X6 V2 Hexacopter combined with real-time-kinematic GPS positioning and a variety of sensors.

The main applications and advantages of UAV surveys include:

  • Create accurate geo-referenced point clouds, digital terrain models, orthophotos, and thermographic images with unprecedented resolution and efficiency
  • Surface change detection through time-lapse evaluation
  • Inspection of inaccessible objects, including rock outcrops in alpine terrain, large dams, high voltage lines, wind turbines, etc.
  • Documentation of complex construction sites
Our onboard sensors include:
Velodyne VLP-16 LiDAR Puck and SBG Ekinox-D. © Velodyne, SBG
Nikon D800 and Olympus E-PL5. © Nikon, Olympus
Optris PI 450. © Optris

Interactive Gigapixel Panoramic Photography (Gigapans)

Gigapans are panoramic digital images with billions of pixels, providing an unprecedented combination of detail and perspective. Gigapans are shared online with clients and colleagues, and can be explored at GigaPan offers the first solution for shooting, viewing and exploring the images in a single system that includes:

  • The EPIC series of robotic camera mounts to capture photos;
  • GigaPan Stitch Software to automatically combine thousands images into a single composite image; and
  • The website, offering a unique interactive viewing platform.

The GigaPan EPIC series is based on the same technology employed by the Mars Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, to capture high resolution images of Mars. GigaPan was formed in 2008 as a commercial spin-off of the research collaboration between a team of researchers at NASA and Carnegie Mellon University.

Some of the main applications of GigaPan technology in the context of engineering geology and civil engineering (with representative examples) include:

Disaster Documentation

Geological Documentation

Construction Site Documentation

GigaPan Epic Pro Robotic Mount. © Gigapan
Nikon D800 with an assortment of objectives and teleconverters to provide focal lengths up to 600mm. © Nikon
GigaPan with Nikon D800. © TU Graz/IAG

Expert Services

Expert engineering geological services are offered for non-routine projects requiring innovative approaches and solutions. Competence areas include:

  • Dam safety
  • Grouting
  • Landslide investigations
  • Tunnel design and construction
  • Seismic hazard assessments
  • Rock mass characterization and modeling

For further information, please contact

Dr. Christine Latal
Laboratory Testing

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Scott Kieffer, P.E.,C.E.G.
InSAR and LiDAR Surveys
UAV (Aerial Drone) Surveys
Gigapan Photography
Expert Services