Laboratories of the Department of Geology, University of Peradeniya provides a comprehensive suite of analytical and interpretative geologic services in support of exploration and production projects. These services include full in-house capabilities for petrographic and sedimentological analysis, chemical analysis of geological and environmental materials, geophysical investigation etc.
Petrological/sedimentological laboratories provide various types of conventional and advanced studies on commercial basis.
Department of Geology played an active role in geotechnical studies related to all irrigation projects, hydroelectric projects, environmental projects, and urban developmental projects. The services available include geological mapping, generation of data on physical properties of rock, soil, coarse and fine aggregates, leak detection etc. on commercial basis. These geotechnical services include subsurface field investigations, geologic site characterization, laboratory testing of soil and rock, structure foundation and retaining wall design, soil cut and fill stability design, rock slope design, unstable slope management, unstable slope (e.g., rock fall, landslides, debris flow, etc.) mitigation, material source (pits and quarries) evaluation.
Chemical laboratory of the department is equipped with facilities for analyzing geological and environmental materials. The Laboratories are having instruments such as AAS with Hydride Generator, Orion Ion analyzer/electrodes and Spectrophotometers, cater the need of wide range of analysis. Assessment and confirmation of quantitative amount of various major, minor and trace elements in sample of geological/environmental importance are regularly done in the laboratory by experienced teams of geochemists.
The laboratory also can handle water, soil, rock, plant and samples of geological /environmental importance. Quality assurance of geochemical analysis consists of a multitude of tests and includes initial calibrations, continuing calibrations, method blank analyses, method detection limit analyses and matrix matched Certified Reference Materials (CRM) analysis. Compilation reports including statistical analysis, digital mapping of elements and data processing can also be carried out on demand.
Staff of the Geophysical Laboratory has many years of experiences in handling Groundwater/Mineral exploration, site investigation, Identification of sub-surface structures, aquifer mapping and studies on sea-water incursion using IP-Resistivity, electromagnetic, and bore-hole logging.
Aerial photo/satellite image interpretation is used by the geology department as an aid to geological mapping structural elucidation, mineral investigation, Quaternary geology and geomorphological mapping, hazard studies and geo-environmental appreciation since four decades. The department has the necessary expertise and facilities for undertaking various aspects of environmental appraisal and impact assessment. It has expertise in acquisition and integration of geological data (necessary for EIA studies) from primary and secondary sources.
Department of Geology has an excellent track record of augmenting the mineral resources of the country all throughout its existence. It has a core group of exploration geo-scientists adept in the assessment of different mineral deposits in varied geological terrains. The department also has facilities for geophysical investigations and geochemical stream sediment surveys to back up the exhaustive mineral exploration work. Modern facilities also exist for digital data collection, storage, processing, analysis and interpretation.