Site survey

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Site surveys are inspections of an area where work is proposed, to gather information for a design or an estimate to complete the initial tasks required for an outdoor activity. It can determine a precise location, access, best orientation for the site and the location of obstacles. The type of site survey and the best practices required depend on the nature of the project.[1] Examples of projects requiring a preliminary site survey include urban construction,[2] specialized construction (such as the location for a telescope)[3] and wireless network design.[4]

In hydrocarbon exploration, for example, site surveys are run over the proposed locations of offshore exploration or appraisal wells.[5] They consist typically of a tight grid of high resolution (high frequency) reflection seismology profiles to look for possible gas hazards in the shallow section beneath the seabed and detailed bathymetric data to look for possible obstacles on the seafloor (e.g. shipwrecks, existing pipelines) using multibeam echosounders.

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  1. ^ Ramirez, Ricardo R.; et al. (2004). "Benchmarking System for Evaluating Management Practices in the Construction Industry". Journal of Management in Engineering. 20 (3): 110–117. doi:10.1061/(ASCE)0742-597X(2004)20:3(110).
  2. ^ Weich, Scott; Burton, Elizabeth; Blanchard, Martin; Prince, Martin; Sproston, Kerry; Erens, Bob (2001). "Measuring the built environment: validity of a site survey instrument for use in urban settings". Health & Place. 7 (4): 283–292. doi:10.1016/S1353-8292(01)00019-3.
  3. ^ Walker, Merle F. (1970). "The California Site Survey". Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. 82 (487): 672–698. Bibcode:1970PASP...82..672W. doi:10.1086/128945. JSTOR 40674892.
  4. ^ Zvanovec, S.; Pechac, P.; Klepal, M. (2003). "Wireless LAN Network Design: Site Survey or Propagation Modeling?". Radioengineering. 12 (4): 42. CiteSeerX
  5. ^ Abrams, M.A.; Segall, M.P.; Burtell, S.G. (2001). "Best Practices for Detecting, Identifying and Characterizing Near-Surface Migration of Hydrocarbons within Marine Sediments". Offshore Technology Conference. doi:10.4043/13039-MS. ISBN 978-1-55563-248-9.