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Development of a landslide monitoring system using electrical resistivity tomography Rose Hen-Jones, Dr. J. Chambers, Dr. D. Gunn, Dr. P. Hughes, Prof.

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1 Development of a landslide monitoring system using electrical resistivity tomography Rose Hen-Jones, Dr. J. Chambers, Dr. D. Gunn, Dr. P. Hughes, Prof. S. Glendinning Future climate change could have a devastating impact on the stability of engineered slopes, including embankments and cuttings. Weather sequences influence ground moisture levels, which affect fill properties, and in particular, strength. Geographic location also influences transport infrastructure susceptibility to hazards such as landslip (Fig. 1a), partly because earthworks often have similar geotechnical index properties and shrink-swell behaviour as the local geology from which they are sourced (Fig. 1b). As such, a system capable of widespread slope stability monitoring is required. Electrical Resistivity Tomography (ERT) arrays installed at the purpose-built BIONICS embankment site could allow the development of such a system. Project rationale: Resistivity is largely a function of moisture. 1.Gather 3D timelapse resistivity data using ERT. 2.Apply laboratory-derived resistivity-moisture relationship. 3.Use resultant 3D time-lapse moisture data to locate high moisture zones. Figure 5. ERT arrays installed at the BIONICS site High resolution, 4D (time-lapse) ERT  identify the development of shear failure zones in clay slopes. Figure 2. UK rainfall and landslides 2006 to Shows drought conditions for February and March 2012, followed by rainfall far beyond average for April, June and December Increased numbers of landslides correspond to increased rainfall (both for 2012 and for the averaging period ). Figures 8a-8c 8. Example data. a) 3D ERT profile. b) Moisture content-resistivity relationship. c) 3D moisture content profile. a) b) c) Figure 3 4. Landslide across the Rest and Be Thankful pass on the A83 in Argyll and Bute (August 2012). Figure 4 5. Landslide at the Beaminster tunnel entrance in Dorset (July 2012). Figure 7 6. Moisture content and its effect upon soil charge distribution and resistivity. While ground resistivity is dependent on the composite soil or rock, it is also controlled by the amount of moisture stored within the pore space and its ionic distribution about grain surfaces (Fig. 7). In sands and gravels, the current flows around non-conducting grains via ionic migration within the saturating fluid (Granular). Generally, clay resistivity is far lower than granular (e.g. sand and gravel) soil resistivity due to additional matrix conduction caused by the movement of ions distributed across the surfaces of clay particles. Clay resistivity is controlled by both mineralogy and cationic exchange capacity and can also be related to moisture content (Clay) 6. Figure 6 7. Schematic illustrating the electrical resistivity method. This specific configuration is the dipole-dipole configuration. BIONICS: Biological & Engineering Impacts of Climate on Slopes Full-scale clay embankment constructed in 2005 at Nafferton Farm in Northumberland. 8 ERT profiles installed, 288 electrodes at 0.7m grid points = HIGH RESOLUTION. Plan to induce slope failure (slope steepening, addition of water), and observe geotechnical property changes over time. Slope monitoring:  Establish cause and effect between antecedent moisture conditions and failure Climate change and slope stability: The future of global climate is uncertain. UK projections suggest a move towards warmer, drier summers, and milder, wetter winters 11. Such a change in atmospheric and environmental conditions will very likely have an effect on the stability of both natural and engineered slopes, via a number of mechanisms: moisture acts to weaken slopes by reducing effective stress; increased amplitude of wetting/drying cycles will lead to increased shrink and swell behaviour in volume sensitive soils 12, allowing greater water infiltration. Additionally, successive shrink/swell cycles can lead to strain softening, which can provoke progressive slope failure 13. This project will constitute a long-term monitoring programme, over the course of which the aforementioned mechanisms will be investigated. A laboratory testing schedule will aim to resolve the nature of various strength-moisture-resistivity relationships, such that geophysical proxies (i.e. resistivity) may be used to provide geotechnical property information (moisture content and strength). In a wider context, this project will also aim to establish a basis for investigating instability within UK climate change predictions. Figure 9a and 9b. a) BIONICS dimensions 9. b) preliminary ERT profile 10. a) b) References 1.BGS, Landslides (slope instability). [online] Available at: accessed 04/03/2013.http://www.bgs.ac.uk/products/geosure/landslides.html 2.Jackson, I., Britain Beneath Our Feet. An atlas of digital information on Britain’s land quality, underground hazards, resources and geology. British Geological Survey, Occasional Publication, 4. 3.BGS, Increased incidence of landslides in [online] Available at: accessed 04/03/13.http://www.bgs.ac.uk/science/landUseAndDevelopment/landslides/November2012.html 4.BGS, Rest and Be Thankful (A83) landslide, [online] Available at: accessed 04/03/2012.http://www.bgs.ac.uk/landslides/RABTAug2012.html 5.Morris, S., Dorset tunnel landslip: two bodies recovered from mud engulfed car. The Guardian, [online] 18/07/2012. Available at: accessed 04/03/2013.http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/jul/18/dorset-tunnel-landslip-bodies-car 6.Gunn, D A, Ogilvy, R, Chambers, J, Meldrum, P, Haslam, E, Holyoake, S, and Wragg, J The first trials of the British Geological Survey's new ALERT-ME system for monitoring embankments using resistivity imaging have thrown up some fascinating results. Ground Engineering, Sept 2010, 12–14. 7.Zonge International, Inc., Electrical Resistivity Methods. [online] Available at: accessed 04/03/2013.http://www.1800geophysics.com/detailed_discussions/dm3.html 8.Chambers, J. E., Meldrum, P. I., Wilkinson, P.B., Gunn, D. A., Kuras, O., Wragg, J., and Munro, C., Geophysical-geotechnical sensor networks for slope stability monitoring. In: Geological Survey of Austria, International Workshop on Geoelectric Monitoring: Geoelectric Monitoring: Current Research and Perspectives for the Future. Vienna, Austria, 30 th November - 2 nd December, Modified from: Hughes, P., Glendinning, S., and Toll, D., Report on the design and construction of the BIONICS embankment. University of Newcastle upon Tyne – Durham University. 10.Sellers, R., Dixon, N., Dijkstra, T., Gunn, D., Chambers, J., and Jackson, P., Electrical Resistivity Tomography for earthwork condition appraisal. [poster]. Loughborough University – BGS. 11.Forestry Commision, What will climate change look like?. [leaflet]. Stockport: Forestry Commission. Available: at [11/01/2013].http://www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/infd-7s7fc7 12.Clarke, D., and Smethurst, J. A., Effects of climate change on cycles on wetting and drying in engineered clay slopes in England. Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, 43 (4), November 2010, pp Hughes, P. N., Glendinning, S., Mendes, J., Parkin, G., Toll, D. G., Gallipoli, D., and Miller, P. E., Full-scale testing to assess climate effects on embankments. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Engineering Sustainability, 162, pp Figure 1 a) and b 1 ). a) Map of UK landslide potential. Approximately 10% of the UK can be seen to have “moderate to significant” landslide potential 2. b) Map of UK shrink-swell potential. Some major rail routes overlaid on map to indicate geographic regions where engineered fill could be susceptible to high shrink-swell. a) b) Contact details:


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