An extensive geophysical and geotechnical in-situ and laboratory campaign was conducted in EUROSEISTEST during the years of its operation (Figure 1). The scope of the campaign was to define the geological-geotechnical structure of the whole valley and the dynamic properties of the soil.

                                     Figure 1: Geophysical and geotechnical surveys performed in the Mygdonia basin during its 20 years of operation.

In total 1100m of geotechnical boreholes have been drilled in the Mygdonia basin. Several in hole tests have been contacted namely Down-Hole (DH) and Cross-Hole (CH) tests (Table 1) to determine the Vs profile mainly along the North-South direction of the valley. Geotechnical surveys and tests comprise sampling boreholes, in-situ tests (NSPT and CPT) and high quality laboratory tests (classification tests, resonant column, triaxial, consolidation, unconfined compression and cyclic triaxial tests). The statistical process of all dynamic tests lead to the determination of G/Go-γ-D(%) curves for all soil types. Table 2 summarizes the in-situ and laboratory geotechnical tests in the valley. 

                                                                          Table 1. Borehole geophysical surveys conducted in the Mygdonia basin.

Table 2. Laboratory and in-situ geotechnical surveys conducted in the valley.

Furthermore, 20.5 km of surface seismic investigations were performed in order to calculate the Vs and Vp velocities of its main geological formations. 12 km of these surveys were conducted in the North-South direction (in between villages Profitis and Stivos) and the rest 8.5 km along the East-West direction (Figure 1). These investigations included P- and S-wave refraction and Surface Wave Inversion surveys. Surface Wave Inversion method provided the majority of the Vs velocities and the geometry of the lateral discontinuities at the basin edges (Raptakis, 1995; Raptakis et al. 1998; Jongmans et al., 1998; Raptakis et al., 2000). Table 3 shows the seismic methods, profiles, and seismic waves used in these surveys.

                                                                                                Table 3. Surface seismic profiles deployed along the valley.


Finally, 38 passive array microtremor measurements using the SPatial Autocorrelation method, SPAC (Aki, 1957), were performed to estimate Vs velocities of the soil within the basin (Table 4, Figure 1) (Kudo et al., 2002; Apostolidis, 2002; Manakou, 2007, Manakou et al. 2010). The ambient noise was recorded using triaxial broad-band accelerometers and seismometers with high resolution recording systems.

                                                                         Table 4. SPAC Array Microtremor measurements conducted within the basin.


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