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Technical and Consulting Services.

Surface Search Inc. provides shallow geophysical surveying and data analysis services for a wide variety of industry groups. We are experienced in acquiring geophysical data using multiple surface geophysics methodologies. Our surveys are typically designed to image/map subsurface features from only a few centimetres up to hundreds of metres in depth.

Geotechnical Site Investigations

Surface Search Inc. provides shallow geophysical surveying and data analysis services for geotechnical and civil engineers.

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Pipeline Design Engineering

For proposed pipeline construction projects, Surface Search Inc. offers shallow geophysical surveying.

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Environmental Investigations

shallow geophysics to detect, delineate and map a wide variety anthroprogenic (man-made) subsurface features.

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Shallow Exploration

Offering several deeper penetrating (e.g. 50-250m), yet still “shallow” geophysical methodologies for the exploration of economic resources.

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Non-Destructive Testing

Offering a variety of geophysical methodologies to measure subsurface material properties or to scan existing infrastructure.

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Services with Accuracy.

Shallow Geophysical Survey.

Geophysical surveys represent environmentally non-destructive means to explore ground conditions over broad areas and provide contiguous subsurface information in 2 or 3-dimensions.

Hidden Geo-Hazards Revealed.

Users of shallow geophysics obtain the advantage of being able to detect and map specific targets of interest to an investigation that may otherwise be missed altogether by a borehole drilling program.


  • Depth to Bedrock Surveying and Mapping
  • Soil Sequence Stratigraphy Imaging and Mapping (clay, silt, sand, gravel, cobbles & boulders)
  • In-Situ Material Properties Testing (eg. shear-wave analysis, electrical resistivity, rock rippability)
  • 3-D Subsurface Imaging and Mapping
  • Buried Object Detection
  • Void Detection / Imaging
  • Shallow Oil/Gas Exploration
  • Groundwater Exploration
  • Shallow Marine Surveying and Sub-Bottom Profiling
  • Lake/River Bathymetry, Ice Thickness

Surface Search Inc. provides shallow geophysical surveying and data analysis services for a wide variety of industry groups. We are experienced in acquiring geophysical data using multiple surface geophysics methodologies. Our surveys are typically designed to image/map subsurface features from only a few centimetres up to hundreds of metres in depth.

A comprehensive understanding of what lies beneath the surface within the confines of your project area matters. Encountering unforeseen subsurface features can be detrimental to your overall project budget and completion schedule. Shallow geophysics helps to increase your preparedness by providing the capacity to investigate, detect and map mission critical subsurface features throughout a project area, well beyond what can be inferred from borehole drilling programs alone.

2D & 3D Underground Vision

Shallow geophysics enables users to visualize underground features in-between and beyond borehole locations. Where detailed information is required, surveys can be completed over gridded layouts to produce 3-Dimensional views of subterranean features.

Hidden Geo-Hazards Revealed

Users of shallow geophysics obtain the advantage of being able to detect and map specific targets of interest to an investigation that may otherwise be missed altogether by a borehole drilling program.

Investigation Stealth & Portability

Survey methodologies used for shallow geophysical investigations are typically hand-portable and environmentally non-destructive. Often geophysical survey data can be acquired over areas that are either not feasible or simply too expensive for a drill rig to access.

Value Per Data Sample

Whereas borehole drilling programs may complete one or two holes in day, surface geophysics is capable of providing 100’s or even 1000’s of linear horizontal metres of detailed sampling of the physical properties of the ground within the same time frame.

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A comprehensive understanding of what lies beneath the surface within the confines of your project area matters. Encountering unforeseen subsurface features can be detrimental to your overall project budget and completion schedule. Shallow geophysics helps to increase your preparedness by providing the capacity to investigate, detect and map mission critical subsurface features throughout a project area, well beyond what can be inferred from borehole drilling programs alone.