By Chioma Onuegbu
Uyo—Professor of Geophysics and Dean, Faculty of Science, University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Idara Akpabio, has called on government, property managers and construction firms, to conduct geophysical site investigation before embarking on any construction work.
Akpabio said most roads, houses, and bridges which failed were due to absence or improper soil testing and excavation by geophysicists.
He spoke, yesterday, while delivering the university’s 57th Inaugural Lecture in Uyo on the topic: Geophysics: The Anomalous Science for Better Living.
Akpabio explained that when the level of soil competency was ascertained before any kind of civil construction, problems that could lead to loss of lives and properties would be avoided.
According to him, “Many factors responsible for road failures are traceable to lack of adequate geophysical survey before commencement of construction work. Non-recognition of the importance of reconnaissance seismic refraction survey before road construction results in failures.”
Preliminary studies assist in delineating structures such as unconsolidated soil formations with varying resistivity and conductivity. Such studies can also detect naturally occurring underground water channels which may expedite weathering and surface deformation. It is only the use of professionals in conducting such preliminary investigations that will prevent infrastructure collapse in the country”