Direct Current and Induced Polarization (DC-IP)

This survey type is meant to handle direct-current resistivity data. The survey object is made up of two curve entities defining the transmitter (current) and receiver (potential) electrodes.

The following example shows how to generate a DC-IP survey with associated data stored in geoh5 format and accessible from Geoscience ANALYST.


Current Electrode (transmitters)

The CurrentElectrode entity defines the A-B dipole pairs used to inject current into the ground. It is a sub-class of the PotentialElectrode object defined by vertices (poles) and cells (dipoles). Here we generate four (4) parallel EW lines with eight dipoles per line.

import numpy as np
import uuid
from geoh5py.workspace import Workspace
from geoh5py.objects import CurrentElectrode, PotentialElectrode

# Create a new project
workspace = Workspace("my_project.geoh5")

# Define the pole locations
n_poles = 9
n_lines = 2
x_loc, y_loc = np.meshgrid(np.linspace(0, 60, n_poles), np.linspace(-20, 20., n_lines))
vertices = np.c_[x_loc.ravel(), y_loc.ravel(), np.zeros_like(x_loc).ravel()]

# Assign a line ID to the poles (vertices)
parts = np.kron(np.arange(n_lines), np.ones(n_poles)).astype('int')

# Create the CurrentElectrode object
currents = CurrentElectrode.create(workspace, vertices=vertices, parts=parts)


At this stage the CurrentElectrode object has segments (cells) connecting all poles in series along line.

AB Cell ID

A key element of the DCIP survey objects is the ab_cell_id property. This ReferenceData contains the map referencing each cell of the CurrentElectrode object to a unique A-B source identifier with name.

The utility function add_default_ab_cell_id can help generate this map with a simple name string incrementor.

{0: 'Unknown', 1: '1', 2: '2', 3: '3', 4: '4', 5: '5', 6: '6', 7: '7', 8: '8', 9: '9', 10: '10', 11: '11', 12: '12', 13: '13', 14: '14', 15: '15', 16: '16'}

In this specific case, every cell on the curve corresponds to a unique dipole source current. For more complex survey configurations, users can edit the cell property in order to define different combinations of connections between poles.


Note: The first entry {0:Unknown} is a reserved field used by Geoscience ANALYST to flag unknown data entries.

Potential Electrode (receivers)

The PotentialElectrode object defines the M-N dipole pairs used to measure the electric potential (receivers). It is a sub-class of the Curve object defined by vertices (poles) and cells (dipoles).

Although poles could be set independently on the CurrentElectrode and PotentialElectrode objects, here we re-uses the same locations for simplicity:

potentials = PotentialElectrode.create(workspace, vertices=vertices)

Next, we must define the receiver dipoles. The following routine generates a maximum of six (6) receivers dipoles per injection currents along line.

N = 6
dipoles = []
current_id = []

for val in currents.ab_cell_id.values: # For each source dipole
    if val == 0:  # Skip the unknown

    cell_id = val - 1 # Python 0 indexing
    line =[currents.cells[cell_id, 0]]
    for m_n in range(N):
        dipole_ids = (currents.cells[cell_id, :] + 2 + m_n).astype("uint32") # Skip two poles

        # Shorten the array as we get to the end of the line
        if (
            any(dipole_ids > (potentials.n_vertices - 1))
            or any([dipole_ids] != line)

        dipoles += [dipole_ids] # Save the receiver id
        current_id += [val] # Save the source id

potentials.cells = np.vstack(dipoles)

Finally, users need to create an association between each receiver dipole (M-N) to a dipole current (A-B). The mapping is done through the ab_cell_id property of the PotentialElectrode. An integer (ID) value must be assigned to each cell, corresponding to the AB Cell ID pairs stored on the associated CurrentElectrode object.

potentials.ab_cell_id = np.asarray(current_id, dtype="int32")


The link between the sources CurrentElectrode and the receivers PotentialElectrode is established by the metadata, shared by both entities. The connection can be made by assigning current_electrodes to the receivers:

potentials.current_electrodes = currents

or equivalently by setting potential_electrodes to the currents

currents.potential_electrodes = potentials

In both cases, the link between the two objects gets encoded automatically to their respective metadata.

print(potentials.metadata == currents.metadata)
{'Current Electrodes': UUID('616bb36f-e947-471b-a9c3-e5a45e96104d'),
 'Potential Electrodes': UUID('1aab424c-a133-49d2-87bd-54d9d697b9db')}


Note: The ab_cell_id property of the CurrentElectrode and PotentialElectrode are two different ReferenceData entities:

print(potentials.ab_cell_id == currents.ab_cell_id)

but share the same DataType that holds the map of unique source dipoles.

print(potentials.ab_cell_id.entity_type == currents.ab_cell_id.entity_type)

This link between DataType allows users to query the data by dipole sources and display the values as pseudo-section in Geoscience ANALYST