The project was initiated and coordinated by Guideline Geo’s distributor in the region and the results show the ability of the TEM (Transient Electromagnetic) method to map the depth to a subsurface bedrock interface.



A remote survey area located 1000 m above sea level and with a gentle varying terrain was chosen for the evaluation of the ABEM WalkTEM instruments.

Knowledge of the geology in the survey area is sparse and only information from general geological mapping is available in the area. This information combined with local inspection of the geology during the field campaign works as a baseline in evaluation of the geophysical results.


The fieldwork was conducted by a representative from Guideline Geo AB assisted by our local partner in the region, Mr. Najeeb Rashid Abdullah Al-Mugheiry representing Infinite Geological Solutions LLC accompanied by a field crew of four persons.

The equipment used for the survey comprised an ABEM WalkTEM Tx/Rx, RC5 and RC200 antennas and a 40×40 m transmitter loop. Transmitted current in Low Moment was 2 Amps and in High Moment 16 Amps.

The data were processed and inverted in Aarhus SPIA TEM software from Aarhus Geosoftware and visualized in sections and horizontal sliced maps in Aarhus Workbench, also from Aarhus Geosoftware.


The geophysical results from the survey are visualized in the section below. The vertical bars indicate the TEM soundings along the section line.

The varying resistivities in the upper part of the profile represents unconsolidated sediments. Low resistivity layers (resistivity < 40-50 ohmm) represent clay- or silt-rich layers and decreasing resistivity reflects increasing content of clay/silt. Higher resistivities represent layers of sand or gravel.

The layer of very high resistivity seen in the lower part from an elevation of approx. 850 meters and below is interpreted as limestone bedrock.

Geophysical results

Profile 1 – WT soundings

Based on the geophysical results, a preliminary interpretation of the limestone bedrock interface is produced:

Geological results

Profile 1 – Geological interpretation


Guideline Geo AB wishes to express our gratitude to Mr. Najeeb Rashid Abdullah Al-Mugheiry from Infinite Geological Solutions LLC based in Muscat, Oman for local liaison and valuable assistance when collecting the data.

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