Environmental and Geotechnical Geophysics

Our skills and experience can be applied to environmental and geotechnical projects in the following ways-

Mapping of geological (non-karstic) and cultural features

  • buried debris
  • buried muck/peat
  • fill thickness
  • UST's, septic tanks, drainage pipes
  • cemetery burial sites
  • archaeological sites


Mapping of karstic features

  • buried sinkholes
  • incipient sinkholes in development
  • topographic depressions
  • other karstic landforms (karst valleys, springs, sinks, windows, etc.)
  • GIS-based sinkhole risk assessments
  • recharge zones
  • karst feature extents for development in sensitive karst areas


Groundwater resource projects

  • Wellhead protection studies
  • Clandestine wellhead locationing
  • Groundwater flow velocity and direction
  • Groundwater monitoring
  • Well construction verification

RMBAKER is a geology business with particular expertise in the mapping of all forms of karst.  This expertise is well suited for development projects that must adhere to the "Guidelines for Preparing Comprehensive Plan Amendments for the Wekiva Study Area" mandated by The Wekiva Parkway and Protection Act.


From a geological perspective, the Act raises concerns regarding land use around and within recharge areas and karst features with the intent to protect water resources within the Wekiva Springs "karst sensitive area".  Very generalized map products of Type A soil types and closed topographic depressions are a part of the Act, and likely a part of local municipal comprehensive plans.


We are well qualified to locate and map:

  • surface karst features
  • subsurface karst features and extents
  • surface recharge soils
  • subsurface recharge systems and confining units
  • hydrogeologic conditions related to groundwater flow and recharge


From the City of Winter Garden Comprehensive Plan 2010-2020:


"Policy 1-3.1.6: Prior to the issuance of any development permit within the Resource Protection Overlay, the applicant shall provide the following;

(1) Soils report by a qualified professional to determine the location of all Type "A" Hydrologic soils, to identify the most effective recharge areas. If the soils analysis conclusively proves that the soils cannot provide recharge due to subsurface confining layers, then the presence of Type "A" soils will not, in and of themselves, require compliance with the Wekiva Provisions of the code.


(2) Analysis by a qualified professional geologist to determine the location and nature of all Karst features on the property. If Karst features are determined to exist on the site further analysis shall be required to evaluate surface and subsurface characteristics in order to determine:

a. Assessment of the potential for contamination

b. Identify protective solution to be incorporated into the site design


(3) An analysis of the site by a qualified biologist to identify flora and fauna, state and federal listed species and vegetative habitat types including but not limited to Longleaf Pine, Sand Hill, Sand Pine and Xeric Oak Scrub. The presence of one or more of the factors will require compliance with the Wekiva Study Area provisions of the codes.


Added by Ordinance 05-56, 06/14/2007"


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Orlando , Florida 32819
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Mapping the Naples Canal

Working under the direction of the Archaeological and Historical Conservancy, we mapped the location of an ancient buried canal in Naples.  The canal was constructed and used by local tribes, primarily the Calusa.  Read about the project and see some of the GPR results at naplesindiancanal.org.


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