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Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) Services

Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) can provide advance warning of subsurface features. GPR is a non-destructive and non-invasive service to scan and image underground and sub surface areas.

We can provide ground penetrating radar survey services for:

  • Geo Tech Engineering
  • Road, Asphalt & Concrete Pavement Inspection
  • Concrete Structure analysis and imaging
  • Bridge Monitoring
  • Location of Rebar
  • Location of Buried Utilities
  • Location of Underground Storage Tanks
  • Detection of Cavities
  • Cable Routing
  • Pipeline Routing
  • Road Pavement Layer Mapping
  • Railway Bed Inspections
  • Tunnel Lining Assessment
  • Mineral Exploration
  • Open Pit Mine Reserve Evaluation
  • Mine Planning
  • Mining Machine Guidance
  • Environmental Studies
  • Land Fill Sites
  • Hydrogeology
  • Archaeology
  • Forensics

More information on ground penetrating radar

Ground penetrating radar is a geophysical method that uses radar pulses to image the subsurface. This non-destructive method uses electromagnetic radiation in the microwave band (UHF/VHF frequencies) of the radio spectrum. It detect the reflected signals from subsurface structures. GPR can be used in a variety of media, including rock, soil, ice, fresh water, pavements and structures. It can detect objects, changes in material, and voids and cracks.

GPR uses transmitting and receiving antennas or only one containing both functions. The transmitting antenna radiates short pulses of the high-frequency (usually polarized) radio waves into the ground. When the wave hits a buried object or a boundary with different dielectric constants, the receiving antenna records variations in the reflected return signal. The principles involved are similar to reflection seismology, except that electromagnetic energy is used instead of acoustic energy, and reflections appear at boundaries with different dielectric constants instead of acoustic impedances.

The depth range of GPR is limited by the electrical conductivity of the ground, the transmitted center frequency and the radiated power. As conductivity increases, the penetration depth also decreases. This is because the electromagnetic energy is more quickly dissipated into heat, causing a loss in signal strength at depth. Higher frequencies do not penetrate as far as lower frequencies, but give better resolution. Optimal depth penetration is achieved in ice where the depth of penetration can achieve several hundred meters. Good penetration is also achieved in dry sandy soils or massive dry materials such as granite, limestone, and concrete where the depth of penetration could be up to 15 m. In moist and/or clay-laden soils and soils with high electrical conductivity, penetration is sometimes only a few centimetres.

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If you would like to hire ScanMan in Brisbane & South East Queensland for a ground penetrating radar services project that requires a GPR application then get in touch and we can provide a quote.

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