Towards Optimal Information Gain for Judicious Positioning of Sensors in Geophysical Tests

Siddharth S. Parida, Kallol Sett, Puneet Singla

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Full waveform inversion is growing in popularity as an alternate technique for geotechnical soil characterization. Intrinsic to such class of methodologies are geophysical tests that yield sensor measurements which are then used in the inversion process. Critical to the success of any such inversion processes is the information that is carried by the sensor measurements. Hence, efforts may be taken to place the sensors in a way that yields maximum information. This paper aims towards optimizing sensor locations in a geophysical experiment by probabilistically exploring the sensitivity of the quantities of interest in the geophysical experiment to the soil parameters and then constructing information maps based on it. Through elaborate illustrations and comparisons, this paper demonstrates that these maps may help in identifying regions of high information and thus may allow for judicious placements of sensors while conducting any geophysical experiments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)497-506
Number of pages10
JournalGeotechnical Special Publication
Issue numberGSP 284
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2017
EventGeo-Risk 2017 - Denver, United States
Duration: Jun 4 2017Jun 7 2017


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Building and Construction
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology

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