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Geoprobe® probing equipment has redefined the way sites are investigated in the Environmental Industry. In many areas of the country, Geoprobe® brand machines and tools have displaced traditional drilling methods as the preferred mode of collecting subsurface samples. There are numerous reasons why Geoprobe® direct push techniques have found such wide acceptance in the field. Among these reasons are the following:
Soil probing equipment is typically used for site investigations to depths of 30 to 60 feet (9 to 18 m) depending upon soil conditions. However, this range is elusive and constantly increasing as better probing equipment is produced. Geoprobe® brand soil probing equipment has been used to depths exceeding 100 feet (30 m) in many areas of the United States and overseas.
Direct Push machines "push" tools and sensors into the ground without the use of drilling to remove soil to make a path for the tool. A Geoprobe® brand direct push machine relies on a relatively small amount of static (vehicle) weight combined with percussion as the energy for advancement of a tool string. Probing tools do not remove cuttings from the probe hole but depend on compression of soil or rearrangement of soil particles to permit advancement of the tool string.
Soil conditions determine sampling depths for Geoprobe® machines, but typically they can collect samples from depths less than 50 feet, but some of our customers regularly sample to depths of 100 feet, and a few have sampled to nearly 200 feet. Direct Push (DP) applications are most applicable in unconsolidated sediments. Penetration is limited in semiconsolidated sediments and is generally not possible in consolidated formations. DP equipment may also be limited in unconsolidated sediments with high percentages of cobbles and boulders or soils high very high density (i.e., hard soil).
The wiring configuration of 12VDC outlet receptacles was changed on Geoprobe® direct push machines beginning November 1, 2003. This change was made to conform to industry standards and allows connection of aftermarket accessories without concern of equipment damage.
The undersized cutting shoe for the Macro-Core® Sampler takes a 0.125 in. smaller OD core, which allows room for the material to expand. Use a heavy duty liner which are harder for the soil to expand causing them to stick inside the MC sample tube. For the easiest solution, use our Hydraulic Liner Extruder.
A discrete soil sampler is a closed sampling tool used to collect a soil sample from a prescribed or distinct interval. The inside of the sampler is not exposed and has minimal exposure to the subsurface environment until the sampler reaches the prescribed depth. These samplers are sometimes called closed or closed tube samplers.
A non-discrete soil sampler is an open sampling tool used to collect samples continuously. The inside of the sampler is exposed to the subsurface environment while it is advanced to the sample interval. These samplers are sometimes referred to as open or open tube or continuous samplers. Read more about our soil samplers...
Dual tube sampling gets its name from the fact that two sets of rods are used to collect soil cores. The outer rods receive the driving force from the Geoprobe® machine and provide a sealed hole from which soil samples may be recovered without the threat of cross contamination or cave-in. The second set of rods are placed in the outer rods and hold a sampler in place as the outer rod is driven the sample interval. The inner rods are then retracted to retrieve the soil core.
Grab samplers are usually installed on a temporary basis to collect groundwater samples, hydrogeologic data, and then removed from the subsurface. The samplers are installed, a sample is collected, hydrogeologic tests may be completed, and then the sampler is removed. Two types of grab samplers are commonly used with DP machines, non-discrete or unprotected screen, and discrete or protected screen.
Because the sampling section of the non-discrete groundwater sampler is not protected or sealed, this sampler should only be used where cross contamination from overlying materials is not a concern.
Discrete groundwater samplers are driven to the sample interval, then o-rings, a protective tube/sheath, and an expendable point provide a water-tight seal.
In situ analysis makes use of technologies or methodologies that do not require collection of samples. The instrument is brought into contact with the media to be sampled in place; without removal of the medium and placement in containers. Ex situ analysis makes use of technologies or methodologies that require some type of physical collection of samples, the sample must be taken to the instrument for analysis.
Absolutely! During subsurface investigations you will probably collect groundwater for chemical analysis, determine some basic hydrogeologic parameters (hydraulic conductivity, permeability, etc.) and/or take static water levels. This is usually referred to as characterizing the groundwater. The type of Geoprobe® groundwater sampler will vary from temporary installation to collect grab samples to monitoring wells designed for permanent installation and long-term monitoring.
We use a 20/40 mesh environmental silica sand.
Yes, we have three options for the SP16:
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