Ground Penetrating Radar

ground-penetrating-radarThe Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) is the tool of choice for those who need to quickly and easily identify the presence of buried utility infrastructure, both metallic and non-metallic.

Modern advances in technology, particularly in the design and construction of buried utilities, have resulted in an ever increasing use of non-metallic materials. GPR Locator professionals know the difficulties associated with non-metallic utilities and that conventional locating tools leave you a few pieces short. So let the ‘Easy Locator’ help you fill in the missing pieces. GPR is the only technology available that does not require a physical connection to the utility, nor does it rely on radiating electromagnetic (EM) fields that may or may not be present or detectable.

 

 

GPR Main Applications

The ‘Easy Locator’ caused a revolution when it was originally released and quickly established itself as the GPR tool of choice for utility applications, such as:

  • Utility detection & marking
  • Depth to bedrock investigations
  • Underground Storage Tank (UST) detection
  • Locate service or illegal connections
  • Lost cover, valve, cable box or vault detection

With fast start-up and minimal set-up the Ground Penetrating Radar system can be rapidly deployed and the user can be out collecting real-time data at full walking speed within minutes of arriving at the job site. An optional feature allows images of the screen data to be saved in jpeg format which can then be exported via a USB thumb drive for use in field reports.

Unfortunately there are some drawbacks with the GPR capabilities in South Australia due to the less-than-ideal environmental conditions in some areas. Fine-grained sediments (clays and silts) are often problematic because their high electrical conductivity causes loss of signal strength; rocky or heterogeneous sediments scatter the GPR signal, weakening the useful signal while increasing extraneous noise. However we will always use the Radio Detection Metal Detectors as a back up in this instance.