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Unlocking the Difference: Basic vs. Complete Geophysical Reports

When you engage EPI Geophysics for a geophysical survey, you're not just receiving a cursory examination—you're gaining access to a wealth of detailed information that can significantly impact the success and safety of your project. In today's dynamic construction and excavation landscape, where subsurface features can vary widely and unexpected surprises can derail timelines and budgets, having accurate and comprehensive data is more crucial than ever.


Geophysical surveys are typically conducted days or even weeks before drilling or excavation activities commence. During this interim period, relying solely on ground markings can be risky, as paint fades or washes away over time, leaving you with an unreliable reference point. This is where a comprehensive geophysical survey report becomes invaluable—it provides a permanent record of findings, ensuring that you have access to accurate information regardless of when the survey took place.


But what exactly does a comprehensive geophysical survey report entail? Let's delve into the differences between a basic report and a complete report to understand the importance of each:


Basic Report:

  • Description of equipment and techniques used on-site.

  • Detailed information about the specific site and site conditions at the time of the geophysical survey.

  • Scope of work outlined.

  • GPS data of located utilities, soil borings, monitoring wells, USTs, etc., collected on-site and sent in a KMZ file along with the report.

  • Customized Google Earth photos showing the GPS data along with descriptions of the findings for each.


Complete Report:

  • Description of equipment and techniques used on-site.

  • Detailed information about the specific site and site conditions at the time of the geophysical survey.

  • Scope of work outlined.

  • GPS data of located utilities, soil borings, monitoring wells, USTs, etc., collected on-site and sent in a KMZ file along with the report.

  • Customized Google Earth photos showing the GPS data along with descriptions of the findings for each.

  • Detailed photos of all locations and utilities, marked-up to clearly show all details on-site, along with detailed descriptions for each photo.


As you can see, while both types of reports provide essential information, a complete geophysical survey report offers an additional layer of detail and analysis that can prove invaluable during project planning and execution. Detailed photos and marked-up diagrams provide visual clarity, enabling stakeholders to better understand the subsurface conditions and make informed decisions.


a computer graphic depicting how we create different kinds of geophysical reports for environmental clients and projects

Investing in a comprehensive geophysical survey report not only enhances project safety and success but also provides a valuable resource for future reference. With accurate and detailed data at your fingertips, you can minimize risks, streamline operations, and ensure the smooth execution of your project from start to finish.


At EPI Geophysics, we understand the importance of delivering thorough and accurate survey reports that meet the needs of our clients. Our experienced team utilizes state-of-the-art equipment and techniques to provide comprehensive assessments that empower you to make informed decisions and achieve your project goals.


Ready to experience the difference a comprehensive geophysical survey report can make? Contact EPI Geophysics today to request a geophysical proposal or learn more about our geophysical services.


Check out our example reports to see the quality and detail you can expect from EPI Geophysics.





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