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Finding Water Under An Industrial Site  

Project Overview

Water is essential for industry, communities and individuals to survive and thrive. Pressure on the water supply is expected to increase for the coming years as populations grow and climate change affects water availability worldwide.  Technical innovation is essential for the responsible development, conservation and use of groundwater resources


Auracle's MUD™ system remotely detects, measures and tracks near surface and subsurface water systems, across wide areas. This study advanced the MUD™ technology to locate water in a complex, industrial site obstructed by buildings, roadways and waste.

The test area is an industrial site located in Parksville, located on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. There are three established artesian commercial water-well occurrences located in the area. These 3 water wells were drilled by a Canadian water company, that also provided drill logs that defined the locations and depths of overlying material.

Parksville British Columbia

Water Management

Water Detection

Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR)

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buildings and infrastructure impede site making it impossible to survey with ground penetrating radar or other geophysical equipment

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no evidence of water systems at surface

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Image 1. View of the study area looking west with heliport, buildings, roadways, buildings and industrial yards. 
Image 2. View of the study area looking east with steel buildings, roadway, and parking lot obstructing the surface.  
Image 3. Optical image of the study area 


Auracle successfully applied its 3D MUD™ system to verify water well surface locations and to identify near-surface groundwater occurrences and the locations and depths of overlying materials in an active industrial site. 

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Image 4: The labels depict the groundwater location between the boundary lines. This encapsulation is the pressure generator causing the artesian wells. 
Image 5: Showing the machine classification of the groundwater barriers in blue. 
Image 6: Differential classification of the south to north volume section shows underlying shale (in orange); water (in blue); and overlying clay (brown) and the subsurface depths at which they lay. The blue dots represent the water intercepts within the drill log align with the  WHERE are the dots. What is the bright green? 

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Actionable Geospatial Intelligence 

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Machine classification discretely and anonymously detects and defines underlying bedrock, soil saturation and structural bounds

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Sustainable water management strategy that proactively locates and tracks subsurface water systems 

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Automated tool available 24/7 through all seasons for domestic, municipal, industrial, ecological and agricultural applications

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By adding critical geospatial information, including subsurface composition, Auracle's MUD™ system proactively locates and monitors water issues before they reach a crisis point.  

MUD™ system makes integrated water management viable, providing sharable data across departments and ---------that accounts for -------

The MUD™ system, with its machine learning, data analyses and 3D subsurface modelling, contributes to a full understand the conditions at a particular project site so that an appropriate solutions can be evaluated and designed. 

Auracle provides a tested advanced technology that goes beyond compliance and recognizes water as a finite resource that can and must be managed efficiently.

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