Denoising time-domain induced polarisation data using wavelet techniques

Ravin N. Deo, James P. Cull

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Time-domain induced polarisation (TDIP) methods are routinely used for near-surface evaluations in quasi-urban environments harbouring networks of buried civil infrastructure. A conventional technique for improving signal to noise ratio in such environments is by using analogue or digital low-pass filtering followed by stacking and rectification. However, this induces large distortions in the processed data. In this study, we have conducted the first application of wavelet based denoising techniques for processing raw TDIP data. Our investigation included laboratory and field measurements to better understand the advantages and limitations of this technique. It was found that distortions arising from conventional filtering can be significantly avoided with the use of wavelet based denoising techniques. With recent advances in full-waveform acquisition and analysis, incorporation of wavelet denoising techniques can further enhance surveying capabilities. In this work, we present the rationale for utilising wavelet denoising methods and discuss some important implications, which can positively influence TDIP methods.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)108-114
Number of pages7
JournalExploration Geophysics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2016


  • electrical geophysics
  • induced polarisation
  • processing
  • wavelet

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