Top Tips for Leveraging GPR

Could ground-penetrating radar (GPR) be used on one of your next construction projects? The technology has come a long way in the past few years, and is impacting how work is done in the field. A few quick tips will help you get the most out of the technology.

Understand the basics: GPR is a technology that is used in subsurface exploration. These tools can gather, analyze, assess, and process huge chunks of data, allowing contractors to gain valuable information.

Understand how it works: GPR uses high-frequency-pulsed electromagnetic waves to acquire subsurface information. It is used to investigate the subsurface without drilling, probing, or digging. It can perform detection and mapping of buried structures such as water and gas pipes, fiber optic ducts, concrete sewers, clay drainage, and pipes, as well as the standard traceable services made of steel, cast iron, and power carrying cables.

Understand the benefits: It is an affordable solution to gather high-resolution data at a rapid rate. With efficient methods like borehole investigation, the technology can be leveraged to gain information from great depths. GPR can also be used to reduce dangers, since it offers accurate and useful information at the start. By gauging the environment beforehand, the necessary precautions can be taken.

Advanced GPR equipment can help locate and explore even inaccessible regions. The non-intrusive method is capable of accurately locating non-metallic subsurface features and utilities.

Understand what is needed: The technique does require qualified and experienced personnel to acquire high quality survey data and geophysical expertise to process and interpret the results.

Obtaining a GPR system and having the knowledge to read and use the data is an investment that many contractors are realizing.

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