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GPRS Locates Underground Utilities in Kansas City

GPRS of Kansas City was contracted by a client in Kansas City to locate underground utilities before the start of their project. Ground Penetrating Radar Systems, Inc. utilizes the Subsurface Investigation Methodology (SIM) to limit subsurface risks. SIM pairs electromagnetic induction with ground penetrating radar and a highly trained Project Manager who utilizes a specific standard operation procedure that maximizes the technologies at our disposal.

Ground penetrating radar is a great tool to use when searching for underground utilities, but it has its limitations. This is the reason why GPRS, Inc. uses electromagnetic induction. Electromagnetic induction allows the GPRS Project Manager to use a tracer wire to induce and trace a specific signal to locate utilities. This is a technology to use when attempting to locate a utility that’s too deep for the ground penetrating radar. The electromagnetic locator can passively detect live AC power or radio signals that are traveling along some conductive utilities. The EM locator can be used in conjunction with a transmitter to at connect directly to accessible, metallic pipes, risers, or tracer wires. A current is sent through the pipe or tracer wire at a specific frequency and the utility can then be detected by the receiver. A utility’s ability to be located depends on a variety of factors, including access to the utility, conductivity, grounding, interference from other fields, and many others.

Whether it’s utilizing ground penetrating radar technology, electromagnetic induction, or other methods, GPRS Inc.’s Project Managers bring a consultative approach to all of our clients’ projects. GPRS does not provide geophysical, geological, land surveying or engineering services. If you would like to know more about SIM or how GPRS, Inc. can help you on your next project, please call us at 913-232-6533.