Since its formation APEX has participated in research projects with a number of partners, including University College Dublin, Queens University Belfast and Carlow IT. This involvement has been varied; from suggestion of research topics, supply of equipment and technical mentoring to full participation as a joint partner.
Norwegian Geotechnical Institute
APEX Geoservices Limited has co-operated with NGI and UCD on application of geophysical methods to hazard mapping of potentially unstable clays of marine origin in Norway, ‘quick clay’.
Enterprise Ireland and Geotechnical Section, Civil Engineering Department UCD
This project is funded by a 30 month, €180,000 Innovation Partnership Award to APEX Geoservices and UCD to employ a full time post-doctoral researcher (Dr Romaric Limacher) who is currently working on development and application of integrated 3D seismic, resistivity, GPR and microgravity methods.
Engineering Geophysics Research Unit, UCD
APEX Geoservices Limited has worked closely with Dr Shane Donohue (EPA sponsored post doctoral fellow) and Dr Mike Long in the promotion of near surface geophysical applications. An example of this is the successful application of multichannel analysis of surface waves (MASW) method to measure soil stiffness in geotechnical investigations. This method was applied to Irish soils by Dr Donohue and APEX Geoservices Limited and is now routinely used in ground investigation.
APEX is also co-operating with Dr Donohue on an EPA sponsored STRIVE project to use geophysical methods for mapping of shallow soils and screening for soil contamination and compaction.
The company is also providing equipment and mentoring expertise to a UCD Ph.D student (Sophie O’ Connor) who is quantitatively assessing the resistivity response of Irish Till of different provenance with the aim a deriving a form of Archie’s Law specific to Irish Till types.
Civil Engineering Department, Carlow IT
APEX Geoservices Ltd. has assisted with student research projects on pile depth and design (Brian Byrne & Jer Keohane), and has carried out tests on the application of high resolution reflection seismic to stratigraphic mapping in the coal measures sequences.
Queens University Belfast
The company has carried out work with the group headed by Dr Ray Flynn on the EPA Strive Pathways Project, using resistivity to map contaminant movement in glacial tills, and on the hydrogeological assessment of Clara Bog where resistivity, seismic and GPR methods were applied.