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Zetica is ideally placed in the UK to undertake important applied geophysics research through a combination of relevant skills and experience and close links to the University of Liverpool. Zetica provides a state-of-the-art test site in Enstone, Oxfordshire with unique facilities for testing surface and borehole geophysical equipment and methodologies. Zetica's test site is the UK's only civilian proving ground for UXO detection technologies.

Particular areas of research expertise include:

  • Unexploded ordnance detection methods
  • Buried utilities detection using GPR
  • Buried hazard mapping using integrated surface geophysical methods
  • Trackbed investigation using high speed GPR
  • Engineering geophysics applied to geotechnical design.

List of publications of research sponsored and/or undertaken by Zetica

    Sitesafe - Unexploded ordnance detection

  1. Zhang Q, Huang Y, Al-Nuaimy W, UXO location and Identification using Borehole Magnetometery, IEE Proceedings on Science, Measurement & Technology (Accepted for Publication)
  2. Zhang Q, Al-Nuaimy W, Huang Y, Interpretation of Borehole Magnetometer Data by an Optimisation Method for the Detection and Characterisation of Unexploded Bombs, Journal of Applied Geophysics. (Submitted)
  3. Zhang Q. Al-Nuaimy W, Huang Y, UXO Location and Identification using Borehole Magnetometery, in Proceedings of SPIE Defense and Security Symposium 2005, Vol. 5794, p1318-1328, Orlando, Florida USA 2005-11-06
  4. Zhang Q. Location and identification of highly magnetized objects using borehole data, 11th SPIE International Symposium on Remote Sensing, Vol. 5982-42, 19-22 September, 2005 Bruges, Belgium
  5. Zhang Q, W Al-Nuaimy and Y Huang, "Magnetic Anomaly Characterization Using Borehole Data", Proceedings of IEE/EPSRC Joint National Conference PREP 2003, University of Exeter, April 2003, 103-s1, pp. 203-206.
  6. W Al-Nuaimy, Y Huang, M Nakhkash, M T C Fang, "Neural Network for the Automatic Detection of Buried Utilities and Landmines", Proceedings of Progress of Electromagnetic Research Symposium (PIERS 1998), p. 141, Nantes, Frances, July 1998.
  7. M Sainsbury, "Talking Point: Regulating the UK's UXO industry", Ground Engineering, 2005
  8. A Eriksen and M Sainsbury, "This site looks like a bomb hit it.", Piling and Ground Engineering Feature, Construction News, 2003
  9. Rail - trackbed

  10. Eriksen, A.,Venables, B., Gascoyne, J., and Bandyopadhyay, S., 2006, ‘Benefits of high speed GPR to manage trackbed assets and renewal strategies’, PWI Conference, June 2006, Brisbane, Australia.
  11. Zhang, Q., Gascoyne, J., Eriksen, A., Recent advances in the application of GPR for trackbed characterisation, 12th international conference on Ground Penetrating Radar, June 16-19, 2008, Birmingham, UK.
  12. Zhang, Q., Eriksen, A., Gascoyne, J. Rail radar – a fast maturing tool for monitoring trackbed, 14th international conference on Ground Penetrating Radar, June 21-25, 2010, Lecce, Italy.
  13. Asger Eriksen, Jon Gascoyne, Cathal Mangan and Ron Fraser, " Practical applications of GPR surveys for trackbed characterisation in the UK, Ireland, USA and Australia", Conference on Railway Engineering, 12–15 September 2010, Wellington, New Zealand.
  14. A Eriksen, J Gascoyne and W Al-Nuaimy, "Improved Productivity and Reliability of Ballast Inspection using Road-Rail Multi-Channel GPR", Railway Engineering 2004, July 2004, Commonwealth Institute, London, UK.
  15. W Al-Nuaimy, A Eriksen and J Gascoyne, "Train-Mounted GPR for High-Speed Rail Trackbed Inspection", Tenth International Conference on Ground Penetrating Radar, June 2004, pp. 631-634, Delft, The Netherlands.
  16. S Shihab, O Zahran, and W Al-Nuaimy, "Time-frequency characteristics of ground penetrating radar reflections from railway ballast and plant". Proceedings IEEE 2002 High Frequency. Postgraduate Student Colloquium, Imperial College, London, U.K, IEEE catalogue no. 02TH8642, 2002. ISBN: 0-7803-7618-8.
  17. Utilities - Ground penetrating radar applications

  18. W Al-Nuaimy, S Shihab and A Eriksen, "Data fusion for accurate characterization of buried cylindrical objects using GPR", Tenth International Conference on Ground Penetrating Radar, June 2004, pp. 359-363, Delft, The Netherlands.
  19. S Shihab, and W Al-Nuaimy, "A comparison of segmentation techniques for targets extraction in ground penetrating radar data". Proceedings of the 2nd International Workshop on Advanced Ground Penetrating Radar, IWAGPR 2003, Delft, Netherlands, 2003, pp. 407-410. IEEE catalogue no. 03EX6810, ISBN: 90-76928-04-5.
  20. S Shihab, W Al-Nuaimy, Y Huang, and A Eriksen, "Automatic region-based shape discrimination of ground penetrating radar signatures". Proceedings of the Symposium on the Application of Geophysics to Environmental and Engineering problems SAGEEP2003, San Antonio, USA, 2003.
  21. W Al-Nuaimy, Lu H, S Shihab and A Eriksen, "Automatic Mapping of Linear Structures in 3-Dimensional Space From Ground-Penetrating Radar Data", Ninth International Conference on Ground Penetrating Radar, GPR 2002, Proceedings of SPIE, pages 121-124, 2002. ISSN: 0277-786X, ISBN:0-8194-4522-3.
  22. W Al-Nuaimy, Y Huang, S Shihab and A Eriksen, "Unsupervised Segmentation of Subsurface Radar Images", Ninth International Conference on Ground Penetrating Radar, GPR 2002, Proceedings of SPIE, pages 635-638, 2002. ISSN: 0277-786X, ISBN:0-8194-4522-3.
  23. W Al-Nuaimy, S Shihab, Y Huang, A Eriksen and V T Nguyen, "Automatic Target Localisation in Ground Penetrating Radar Data, Ninth International Conference on Ground Penetrating Radar", Proceedings of SPIE, pages 139-143, 2002. ISSN: 0277-786X, ISBN:0-8194-4522-3.
  24. S Shihab, W Al-Nuaimy, Y Huang, and A Eriksen, "Neural network target identifier based on statistical features of GPR signals, Ninth International Conference on Ground Penetrating Radar", GPR 2002, Proceedings of SPIE, pages 135-138, 2002. ISSN: 0277-786X, ISBN:0-8194-4522-3.
  25. S Shihab, W Al-Nuaimy, and A Eriksen, Image processing and neural network techniques for automatic detection and interpretation of ground penetrating radar data. WSEAS Advances in Circuits, Systems and Signal Processing, pages 360-363, 2002.
  26. S Shihab, W Al-Nuaimy, and A Eriksen, "Image processing and neural network techniques for automatic detection and interpretation of ground penetrating radar data". Proceedings of 6th WSEAS International Multi-conference on Circuits, Systems, Communications and Computers, Crete, 2002.
  27. O Zahran, S Shihab, and W Al-Nuaimy, "Comparison between surface impulse ground penetrating radar signals and ultrasonic time-of-flight diffraction signals". Proceedings IEEE2002 High Frequency Postgraduate Student Colloquium, Imperial College, London, U.K, IEEE catalogue no. 02TH8642, 2002. ISBN: 0-7803-7618-8.
  28. W Al-Nuaimy, H Lu, S Shihab and A Eriksen, "Automatic Mapping of Linear Structures in 3-Dimensional Space From Ground-Penetrating Radar Data, IEEE/ISPRS Workshop on Remote Sensing and Data Fusion Over Urban Areas, Rome, November 2001, pp. 198-201, ISSN: 0277-786X, ISBN:0-8194-4205-4.
  29. W Al-Nuaimy, Y Huang, A Eriksen, V T Nguyen, "Automatic Detection of Hyperbolic Signatures in Ground-Penetrating Radar Data", Proceedings of SPIE: Subsurface and Surface Sensing Technologies and Applications III, San Diego, vol 4491, pp. 327-335, August 2001, ISBN: 0-8194-4205-4
  30. W Al-Nuaimy, Shallow Geophysics Research Meeting, British Geological Survey, "The Development of Spectral Analysis and Neural Network Techniques for Processing Radargrams - Application to Utilities Detection", p. 12, May 1999.
  31. W Al-Nuaimy, Y Huang, M T C Fang, V T Nguyen, A Eriksen, "Neural Network for the Automated Detection of Subsurface Utilities", Int. Conf. Systems, Signals, Control and Computers (SSCC'98), Durban, South Africa, pp. 272-275, 1999, ISBN 0-620-23135-1.
  32. S Shihab, W Al-Nuaimy, Y Huang, and A Eriksen, "A comparison of segmentation techniques for targets extraction in ground penetrating radar data", European Association of Geoscientists & Engineers, Near-Surface Geophysics, no. 2, pp. 45-53, Feb 2004.
  33. W Al-Nuaimy, Y Huang, and S Shihab. "Multi-channel filtering approach for unsupervised segmentation of subsurface radar images". Environmental and Engineering Geophysics, 8, pp. 93-101, June 2003.
  34. W Al-Nuaimy, Y Huang, M T C Fang, V T Nguyen, A Eriksen, "Automatic Detection of Buried Utilities and Solid Objects Using Neural Networks and Pattern Recognition", 7th Int. Conf. Ground Penetrating Radar, Kansas, pp. 425-429, May 1998, ISBN 0-936352-16-7.
  35. S. Shihab and W. Al-Nuaimy, Radius Estimation For Cylindrical Objects Detected By Ground Penetrating Radar, Subsurface Sensing Technologies and Applications, vol. 6, no. 2, pages 1-16, 2005.
  36. S Shihab, W Al-Nuaimy and A Eriksen, "Radius Estimation for Subsurface Cylindrical Objects Detected By Ground Penetrating Radar", Tenth International Conference on Ground Penetrating Radar, June 2004, pp. 319-322, Delft, The Netherlands.
  37. Landsweep - Brownfield site investigation

  38. W Al-Nuaimy, A Eriksen, and J Gascoyne, "Interactive Multi-Sensor Data Visualisation Environment for Site Characterisation and Infrastructure Mapping". Proceedings of the Symposium on the Application of Geophysics to Environmental and Engineering problems SAGEEP2003, San Antonio, USA, 2003.
  39. S Shihab, W Al-Nuaimy, Y Huang, and A Eriksen, "Neural networks classifier for detecting subsurface objects". Proceedings of IEE/EPSRC Joint National Conference PREP 2002, Nottingham, 2002.
  40. W Al-Nuaimy, Y Huang, M. Nakhkash, M T C Fang, V T Nguyen, A Eriksen, "Automatic Detection Of Buried Utilities And Solid Objects Using Neural Networks And Pattern Recognition", Journal of Applied Geophysics, vol. 43, no. 2-4, pp. 157-165, March 2000, ISSN 0926-9851.
  41. D Leonard, A Eriksen, S Booth, V Nguyen, M Quick, D Zhang, W Al-Nuaimy, "Hydrocarbon Contamination and Features Mapping Using GPR", Proc. 1st Int. Conf. on Strategies for the Investigation and Monitoring of Contaminated Sites, Field Screening Europe, 1997, pp. 125-128.
  42. V Nguyen, M Quick, A Eriksen, S Booth, W Al-Nuaimy, Nakhkash M, "An Evaluation of Geophysical Techniques to Measure Sub-Surface Hydrocarbon Contamination at a Disused Fuel Distribution Depot, EEGS, Proc. of Symp. on the Applications of Geophysics to Engineering (SAGEEP), pp. 251-260, March 1997.
  43. General

  44. J Gascoyne and A Eriksen, "Engineering Geophysics", Volume 1, Encyclopaedia of Geology: Elsevier, 2004.
  45. A Eriksen, "Guidance for drillers on geophysical surveys", Geodrilling International, February 2005.
  46. M Nakhkash, Y Huang, W Al-Nuaimy , "An Improved Calibration technique for Free-Space Measurement of Complex Permittivity", IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, Vol. 39, 2001, pp. 453-455.
  47. W Al-Nuaimy, Y Huang, V T Nguyen, A Eriksen, "Automatic Feature Selection for Unsupervised Image Segmentation", Applied Physics Letters, vol. 77, no. 8, Aug 2000, pp. 1230-1232.
  48. J Gascoyne, "Optimisation of geophysical survey methods for derelict land investigations ", EEIG presentation at British Geological Society, London, 1996.
  49. A Eriksen, "Recent advances in groundwater exploration techniques", Groundwater '95 Conference, West Midrand, South Africa, 1995.
  50. A Eriksen, "Environmental geophysics and remote sensing", Institute of Waste Management, 1993.
  51. A Eriksen, "Surface and borehole geophysical methods for groundwater management", Hydraulics Research Ltd, Wallingford, 1993.
  52. A Eriksen, "Integrated systems approach to mineral exploration", Calgary, 1989.
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