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Frequently asked questions

Knowledge base

Recommend sources for start study geophysical methods

Tutorial: 2-D and 3-D electrical imaging surveys M.H. Loke

Handbook Of Agricultural Geophysics

R&D report about geophysical survey on the test field – 2010 (AEMP-14/SibER)

Shallow-depth geophysics (RUS)

R&D report about geophysical survey on the test field – 2010 (AEMP-14/SibER)

EM Induction Frequency Sounding – Estimation of Penetration Depth

Application Results of Compact EM Tool at the Geoelectric Test Site of Institute of Petroleum Geology and Geophysics

A Complicate Response of Compact EMI Sensors over Shallow Local Conductive Targets

Real-time EMI Mapping and Sounding Equipment and Software

Elements of calibration and data interpretation of EM-I sounding device EMS

Frequency Soundings at Low Induction Numbers: Transformation and 1D Inversion Comparing to 2D ERT Inversion

Three-coil EM-I multi-frequency sounding devices in near-surface applications

FAQ

Equipment choice guide

For the short comparison of our products by several criteria please see below:

– resolution:

1) SibER tools variable resolution depends of spacing between electrodes, with the minimal measurement spot size being 0,25 m.

2) AEMP-14 and Geovizer measuring resolution depends of on frequency – measurement spot size depends of step also. Steel disc of 0,2 m diameter can be detected in shallow near surface media, as well plastic pipes of 5 cm diameter etc.

3) GRT-2X depth resolution – up to 2 cm, minimal target size 7,5 cm. GRT-81 depth resolution – up to 2mm, minimal target size 3,5 cm.

– ergonomics:

1) SibER tools – need to ground the device with electrodes into ground, 2-3 person crew work is needed.

2) AEMP-14 weight is about 10 kg, 2,5 m length. Geovizer weight is about 4,5 kg and 0,7 m length.

3) TerraZond GRT-2X weight is 12 kg and it works usually with special cart, car or autonomous crawler.

– data visualization:

1) 2D or 3D distribution of specific resistivity and polarization for SibER tools.

2) 2D or 3D (quasi) imaging of apparent resistivity and signal phase shifting for AEMP-14 and Geovizer.

3) 2D – as interpolated traces per profile by 1-31 profiles and tomographic 3D (real) – as synthetic radio image.

– options for data interpretation:

1) Specific resistivity distribution describes geological layers; location of cavities and big metal objects; provides gives detailed geological and engineering information. Special software for interpretation (solving inversion model) is needed.

2) Apparent resistivity and phase shifting data could help to locate anomalies caused by buried metallic or other objects: buried walls, voids, communications etc.

3) Easy to read radio image as 3D points or as slices with high resolution – 7.5х7.5cm for 2.5m depth with GRT-2X and 3.5×3.5 cm for 1m depth with GRT-81.

– limitations:

1) Deeper exploration needs bigger space and length of measuring profile, so little area could be scan only for small depth. Grounding resistance on electrodes must be reasonably low and equal along the electrodes string. We will provide information on how to get this.

2) For clear interpretation – the good contrast between background and an object is needed. Thus, main limitation is to survey in low contrast ground conditions – for example, it is not easy to find using SibER device in only resistivity mode alone  a plastic target in sand, since the both background and object are resistive. However, such a task can be solved using induced polarization, or in near surface case – by electromagnetic instruments or GPR. 

3) High frequency fades out in wet soil and water.

There are two ways to purchase SiberGeo products: you can make quote request directly from the Product page or buy from the local Distributors whose contact info can be found on “Information” page from the map or useful links.

We accept standard bank transfer for all payments. Final order price in invoice includes all costs except import taxes and duties, which are usually paid upon receipt of the goods. If you don’t know your country’s import terms, please contact your local customs office for the info.

If all components of order are available on stock – it will normally ship in 7-14 business day after we receive a full payment. If components immediate availability is limited delivery time could take 1-4 month. Exact terms of delivery will be specified in Order Invoice. Standard delivery as CPT term ships as air-freight to your nearest international airport. Delivery by DHL and FedEx usually takes 2-5 days after export registry.

We provide free of charge online basic training, along with informational, methodical and technical support for each customer.

What about service with your equipment or rent?

We offer geophysical exploration service supported by our team. For details on exploration pricing, go to «Service» page.

We offer service on geophysical exploration supported by our specialists. For details on exploration pricing, go to «Service» page.

Video instructions

Quick start with equipment, dat processing and visualization

KB Electrometry – supply product

iiSystem v.4 – fast export and visualization (QZond -> iiSystem -> 2D/3D)

How to start with EM-I profiler “Geovizer” (QZond -> iiSystem -> 2D/3D)

3D visualisation of EM-I profilers data (EMSControl -> iSystem -> 3D)

Data processing and visualization with iiSystem (QZond -> iiSystem -> iSystem -> 2D/3D)

Maps post-processing of EM-I profilers data (EMSControl -> iSystem -> 2D)

Vertical slices post-processing of EM-I profilers data (EMSControl -> iSystem -> 2D)

Software for post-processing GRT-2X data “GeoReader”

Export GRT-2X data with GeoReader to CAD format

Technical manuals
Multi-electrode electrical resistivity & induced polarization imaging instruments

Operator manual for SibER instruments

Instruction manual for SibER 48K12

Instruction manual for SibER 64K15

Multi-frequency electromagnetic induction profilers

Instruction manual for AEMP-14

Instruction manual for Geovizer

Multi-array ground radio imaging system

Technical manual for GRT-2X

Warranty policy

What covered by the warranty:

Product defects caused by the fault of the manufacturer, caused by the use of substandard materials in the production or impaired production technology and manifested during the warranty period of the operation of the Goods.

During the warranty period, the owner may request the elimination of defects in the product at no charge, including the necessary work on the assembly/disassembly of the product.

What is not covered by warranty (not a malfunction):

– normal wear and tear;

– improper operation;

– damage as a result of mechanical, chemical or other effects;

mismatch expectations owner in the absence of fault;

any other consequential expenses arising out of or by reason of the presence of defects in the goods.

Owner Responsibility:

In the event of failure/defect is detected in the product, please contact the Customer Service Center, which conducted the sale of the goods. Shipping costs for warranty repair service center and back to the owner at the expense of the owner. Term of the goods on the service under the warranty does not include the time spent on sending to the service center and back to the owner.

Proof of the date of the product’s purchase should be provided by the owner when equipment goes into service or repair.

Accurate information on the warranty period and warranty for a specific product is indicated in the contract for the supply and shall prevail.

Multi-frequency electromagnetic induction profilers

The first prototype of the EM-I profiler with 14 frequencies was assembled in 1996 (EMS#0), but because of the then crisis situation in the country, the intention to introduce and mass-produce electromagnetic scanners were left until better times. In 2001, in the laboratory of electromagnetic fields of the Institute of Petroleum Geology and Geophysics. A.A. Trofimuka SB RAS (IPGG SB RAS) a second prototype device (EMS#1) was assembled, from which the development of production and testing of the methodology began.

In 2008 was commercial release of multi-frequency electromagnetic induction profiler "NEMFIS" (EMS#05). The experience of using frequency sounding with the "NEMFIS" hardware-software complex shows that a methodological approach to the study of subsurface space to a depth of a few meters on the basis of high-quality signal reconstructions is informative and cost-effective. A comparative analysis of this technique with existing foreign technologies based on the induction methods has revealed a number of significant advantages, such as noise reduction, high resolution and sensitivity.

At 2012 - was released first "AEMP-14" (EMS#20) with completely new electronic plates and cover.
Unique properties of the device:
- the ability to obtain information in the form of geoelectric maps and profiles of the apparent resistivity values in real time on Android or Windows mobile;
- applicability in high level of electromagnetic interference conditions;
- performance in conditions of extremely low ground resistance.

First compact profiler “Geovizer” was released in 2014, it implements the induction multi-frequency sounding method, and allows contactless measuring of the underground situation. As a result of measuring, it is possible to obtain the spatial level distribution of the secondary field signal from the ground till 3 meters depth. Three-frequency EM-I profiler “Geovizer” allows profiling on any set of 3 fixed frequencies in the 12.5 – 111 kHz range, including the measuring with global coordinates automatic associating.

Multi-electrode electrical resistivity & induced polarization imaging instruments

In 2009 the core staff of the company LLC "KB Electrometry" in cooperate with the Institute of Petroleum Geology and Geophysics A.A. Trofimuka SB RAS (IPGG SB RAS) developed the "SibER 48" - multi-electrode instrument, which was designed to perform electrical exploration using resistivity and induced polarization methods with the measuring modes of electrical profiling, vertical electrical sounding, and electrical tomography. There is a switch for electromechanical relays, a generator and a selective millivoltmeter in the case. For long profiles, the “roll-up” mode is implemented with the transfer of the first segment of the multi-electrode cable of the previous arrangement to the place of the second in the next one. SibER 48 has built-in software that allows you to:
- program switching to work with 2D tomography;
- ensure the safety of data during power failures;
- disconnect any electrodes;
- provide flexible control of equipment.

Subsequently in 2014 there was developed 16x channels and 64-electrode instrument for electrical resistivity & induced polarization imaging “SibER 64”. The core of the hardware is an integrated processor unit with Linux OS. Control of the unit organises by 10 inches touch screen, which allows operator to perform all operator work without using a personal computer. Synchronization with an external PC is carried out using a standard USB cable. The internal source generator of a bipolar pulses sequence has 200W power. There is also possibility of using an external generator 1KW+. Thanks to the high-performance processor, touch screen and advanced interface, the equipment layout allows interactively programming measurement protocols, viewing, monitoring and preliminary processing of the measured data.

In 2017, KB Electrometry presented last developments - the Geovizer induction profiler and 48-electrodes 15x measuring channels electrical resistivity & induced polarization imaging instruments SibER 48K12.

In 2019, KB Electrometry brought to the market a new model 64-electrodes 15x measuring channels electrical resistivity & induced polarization imaging instruments SibER 64K15 with the ability to synchronise with an external source VP-1000M.

In January 2020, the company introduced a new version of the Xeres control software, now in the 4th version the user sets the operating voltage, indeed the current. This eliminates the occurrence of emergency situations because of a high ground resistance difference on electrodes. The logging measurement functionality and a new diagnostic module for conducting operational tests of internal nodes of the system are also added.

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Multi-array ground radio imaging system

The concept of a hardware-software complex for 3D radio imaging was approved in 2006. Since 2012, the development of the multi-array ground radio imaging system "GRT-XX" (GeoRadioTomograph) has been carried out jointly with a group of specialists from the Siberian Physical-Technical Institute (TSU), programmers and specialized engineers.
In 2015, the first prototype of a 16-channel chirp signal generator that work in the 500 MHz - 2000 MHz range was created, which allows multi-angle sounding with trace digitization at 256 samples.

In April 2017 the prototype of a 32-channel generator with pre-processing on board and data transmission via Fast Ethernet (100 Mbit/s) protocol was presented.

In March 2018, at the “Georadar-2018” conference, as part of a field demonstration, a working set of GRT-23 equipment (24 antenna elements; scanning width ~ 2m) installed at the road laboratory was shown. Thanks to the integrated module based on FPGU controllers - the data processing speed was significantly increased - data collection and processing from the entire line at a measurement density of 10 cm was carried out at the speed up to 45 km/h (up to 80 km/h if using 6 measurement channels) with digitization of a trace signal on 512 samples.

In August 2018, a new version of the device was released, with an improved protocol for transmitting data via Gigabit Ethernet, providing digitization of the trace signal at 1024 samples and data collection at speeds up to 80+ km/h with a measurement density of 5 cm when using 32 antenna elements.

In July 2019, a new version of the hardware generator firmware was released, which additionally provided switching options for the measurement mode using the common midpoint method (CMP).

In August 2019, the integration of the .trz format into the GeoReader software package was completed. The results of the data processing obtained during the GPRs testing at the GC Avtodor test field in the summer of 2019, organised by the RosdorNII, demonstrate the high efficiency of the operation of software algorithms for calculating the depth section according to GOST R 58349-2019.

In January 2020, it was possible to significantly improve the quality of data due to the refinement of the antenna modules, as well as the introduction of the primary calibration technique and compensation of the hardware function.

In 2020, the company announces a new model of high frequency radio imaging system - GRT-81, designed to get three-dimensional radio images with a resolution of 15x15 mm according to plan and <2 mm in depth, in particular, to measure the thickness of the upper layer of the road surface with high accuracy, as well as to build the function of changing the relative density of the investigated environment.