Ground Penetrating Radar Rental

Rental vs. Purchase vs. Hiring a Service

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Option 1) Renting GPR Equipment

One alternative to purchasing GPR equipment is renting it. GPR rentals can be a cost-effective and sometimes a quick means of locating buried utilities. Equipment can be rented immediately (when available), allowing you to quickly get to work scanning a site. There’s no need to worry about servicing or maintaining the equipment and the latest model and technology can be selected. There is the possibility of renting multiple pieces of ground penetrating radar equipment at once in order to speed up the scanning process over a large area or project.

A major downside to renting equipment is knowing how to use it. Time is wasted learning to use the equipment, in addition to time and money spent fixing mistakes which arise from its improper use.

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Option 2) Purchasing GPR Equipment

Ground penetrating radar equipment commonly costs tens of thousands of dollars. It’s a costly investment for an individual or company who may only be using it once or twice. The purchaser must then learn to safely and effectively use the equipment.

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Option 3) Hiring a GPR service

Use of a GPR service provider such as GPRS is the most common and overall most cost-effective method of conducting a ground penetrating radar scan. GPR services can be costlier than renting equipment, though less so than purchasing equipment. Cost is dependent on the size and complexity of the area being scanned- factors determining how long it will take to scan a site .

However, GPRS’s trained project managers are able to provide better results and more insight as to the nature of a project than someone using GPR equipment for the first time. Experience also allows for quicker and more efficient work, making up for the expense.

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GPRS is the top GPR service provider in the country, with nearly two decades of experience. GPRS Project Managers are extensively trained on the ins and outs of ground penetrating radar equipment and its usage, as well as topics such as the impact of local conditions on a scan. This attention to detail makes GPRS the best in the industry.

Our Project Managers adhere to the Subsurface Investigation Methodology (SIM) standard, which details a three-part approach for ensuring high-quality locates. Our onboarding process includes an 8-week intensive course along with at least 80 hours of classroom training. This is accompanied by mentorship under an experienced Project Manager, as well as continual training and development.

The cost of hiring a GPRS professional is prudent and justified considering the cost and dangers of hitting a buried utility or damaging the structural integrity of a concrete slab. Hitting a utility or structural component can spell disaster for your project’s budget and schedule.

One quick phone call or inquiry can have a local GPRS project manager at your site within 24 hours, enabling you to keep your project moving on schedule. Don’t risk making a mistake by “DIY-ing” your scan- call the experts at GPRS!

We do not conduct a study, investigation, analysis, or interpretation of soil composition, soil conditions, or other aspects of the physical earth. We report retrieved data only. We do NOT provide geophysical, geological, engineering, or land surveying services. Please contact a geophysicist, geologist, engineer, or land surveyor if you are seeking the provision of geophysical, geological, engineering, or land surveying services.

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Why do I need a GPR scan?

Ground penetrating radar (GPR) is commonly used to locate buried utilities and other objects, as well as materials inside of concrete (rebar, conduit, etc.) For this reason, GPR services are a necessary part of many construction projects, preventing costly and time-consuming damage.

Hire GPRS           vs

  • Low initial cost
  • Short term commitment
  • No investment in training needed - GPRS is expert
  • Risk reduced by hiring expert service provider
  • Knowledge of how concrete structures are constructed
  • Knowledge of how underground infrastructure is constructed
  • Has all industry standard insurance coverage

Rent GPR Equipment    vs

  • Low initial cost
  • Short term commitment
  • Training available
  • High risk of damages and injuries due to lack of training
  • May not understand how concrete structures are constructed
  • May not understand how underground infrastructure is constructed
  • Likely is not approved by insurance to be performing gpr scanning

Buy GPR Equipment

  • High initial cost
  • Long term commitment
  • Limited manufacture training
  • High risk of damages and injuries due to lack of training
  • May not underground how concrete structures are constructed
  • May not understand how underground infrastructure in constructed
  • Likely is not approved by insurance to be performing gpr scanning