ARGUS uses Direct Push Technology (Geoprobe 54DT) to gather samples. Direct Push Technology relies on both static force and percussion to advance sampling tools into the subsurface. Under typical conditions, about eight to ten 30-foot holes can be pushed in an eight-hour day. Actual throughput is highly dependent on subsurface materials and the study objectives.
- minimum generation of soil cuttings;
- faster sampling rate;
- lower cost; and
- access to areas with restricted clearance.
The range of techniques possible with use of the Geoprobe are outlined in the "Geophysical and Environmental Sampling" and "Geophysical Sensing" pages.