Ground penetrating radar (GPR) is a powerful locating tool with many applications. GPR is most commonly used along horizontal ground surfaces, but can also be used vertically on walls and other structures. Some of the most commonly performed “locates” include:
GPR can detect a wide range of buried utilities including gas, electrical, telecommunications, and water. The radar signal can detect materials commonly used for utilities such as various types of pipe, conduit, wiring, and fiber optic.
GPR can detect pipes used for utilities and other purposes, in all sizes. Metal pipes are most easily detected due to their strong interaction with the radar signal, though GPR can be used to locate all variety of PVC and plastic pipes as well. Piping can be located regardless of whether or not it is full of water or other material.
GPR surface penetration can be used to detect void space or cavities within a structure.
Ground penetrating radar can detect variations within a ground surface, making it easily possible to detect the majority of subsurface items near the subsurface.
Radar scans can be a critical tool in locating rebar and other structural items, either for an initial locate or to verify their correct placement in the construction process.
Ground penetrating radar is an essential tool in locating anomalies within a surface. Certain materials create stronger signals and are therefore easier to detect; an experienced GPR technician will be able to help you locate these subsurface items.
Note: GPRS does not provide geophysical, geological, land surveying or engineering services. If you need such services, please contact an appropriate professional.