Ground Penetrating Radar Survey

Expert Ground Penetrating Radar Survey Services

Ground Penetrating Radar Surveys utilise radar technology to produce high-resolution images of subsurface structures, providing critical insights for engineering, construction, and environmental projects.

Informed Decisions, Minimise Risks

By accurately mapping underground features such as utilities, foundations, and geological formations, GPR surveys help project managers make informed decisions, minimise risks, and optimise project timelines.

Underground GPR surveys are essential for a multitude of applications due to their non-invasive and highly effective nature in subsurface exploration. This technology is invaluable for construction projects, archaeological investigations, environmental assessments, and infrastructure maintenance.

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Ground Penetrating Radar Survey – How GPR Works

GPR systems consist of a transmitting antenna, a receiving antenna, and a control unit. The basic operating principles involve:

  1. Transmission: The transmitting antenna sends high-frequency electromagnetic waves into the ground.
  2. Reflection: When these waves encounter boundaries between materials with different dielectric properties (e.g., soil and metal pipe), a portion of the wave energy is reflected back to the surface.
  3. Reception: The receiving antenna detects the reflected signals.
  4. Data Processing: The control unit processes the received signals to create a visual representation (radargram) of the subsurface.

Ground Penetrating Radar Survey – Components of a GPR System

  • Antenna: Determines the frequency of the radar waves. Lower frequencies penetrate deeper but provide lower resolution, while higher frequencies offer better resolution but shallower penetration.
  • Control Unit: Manages data collection, storage, and initial processing.
  • Software: Advanced software is used for detailed analysis, interpretation, and visualization of GPR data.

Ground Penetrating Radar Survey – Applications of GPR

  1. Utility Mapping:
    • Detects and maps underground utilities such as water pipes, gas lines, electrical conduits, and telecommunications cables.
    • Useful for pre-construction surveys to prevent accidental utility strikes.
  2. Archaeology:
    • Locates and maps buried archaeological artifacts, structures, and features without excavation.
    • Helps in planning archaeological digs and preserving cultural heritage.
  3. Geotechnical Investigations:
    • Assesses subsurface conditions for construction projects, identifying soil layers, bedrock, and groundwater.
    • Detects voids, sinkholes, and other ground stability issues.
  4. Environmental Studies:
    • Monitors contaminant plumes and supports environmental remediation efforts.
    • Investigates landfill sites and waste disposal areas.
  5. Structural Assessment:
    • Inspects the condition of concrete structures, bridges, and pavements.
    • Detects rebar, voids, and delamination within concrete.

Ground Penetrating Radar Survey – Advantages of GPR

  • Non-Invasive: Does not require drilling or excavation.
  • Versatile: Capable of detecting a wide range of materials, both metallic and non-metallic.
  • High Resolution: Provides detailed images of the subsurface, allowing for precise identification of objects and features.
  • Real-Time Results: Immediate data collection and preliminary analysis can be conducted on-site.

Ground Penetrating Radar Survey – GPR Survey Process

  1. Planning: Define the survey objectives, area, and expected subsurface conditions. Select appropriate equipment and frequencies.
  2. Data Collection: Systematically scan the survey area with the GPR equipment, ensuring complete coverage.
  3. Data Processing: Use software to process the raw data, filter out noise, and generate subsurface images.
  4. Analysis and Interpretation: Analyse the processed data to identify and map subsurface features.
  5. Reporting: Compile the findings into a comprehensive report, including maps, radargrams, and interpretations.

Ground Penetrating Radar Survey – Standards and Guidelines

In the UK, GPR surveys for utility detection are often conducted in accordance with PAS 128 standards, which outline the methods, accuracy levels, and reporting requirements for underground utility mapping surveys.

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Miguel Bathan
Miguel Bathan
Subvision Surveys is a top-notch surveying company that consistently delivers high-quality results. Their team is professional and knowledgeable, and they take the time to ensure that their clients' needs are met. I would highly recommend their services to anyone in need of accurate surveying data.
Chris Weller
Chris Weller
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Michael Flaherty
Michael Flaherty
Done a fantastic utility survey for me recently, will be my go-to choice for any surveying needs. I highly recommend!
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Mia Cotton
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Bright Lights
Very knowledgeable and friendly staff. The job itself was completed to a very high standard and the drawings that were provided afterwards were incredibly detailed and accurate. We have used similar companies in the past but these guys were so much better than all of them put together. Would definitely use Subvision again and look forward to doing so.