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The Basics of GPR



A ground penetrating radar (GPR) device is used to scan concrete.

GPR, or Ground-penetrating radar can be used for a number of different things like archaeology and construction. Today we are going to be going over the basics of GPR, its history and how it can help you in the long run to improve your safety.

What is It?

Ground-penetrating radar is a geophysical method that uses a radar pulse that is sent into the ground to create an image of the subsurface. This method is non-destructive and uses electromagnetic radiation to create an image. The first patent for a system similar to what we know today as GPR was first submitted in 1910. The development for a more sophisticated process didn’t arise until the 1970’s, but since then its applications have been vast and GPR equipment is now available to be sold commercially.

Variety of Uses

GPR can work in a variety of different ways. As stated before, GPR can be used in the studies of paleontology and archaeology but it can also be used when it comes to increasing safety on roadways, for deck inspections and for locating underground storage due to its non-invasive penetrative capabilities.

For roadway inspection: GPR can determine the condition of a roadway to determine what may need to be repaired or replaced. After a heavy snow or other natural event it is possible that, with the GPR’s ability to scan up to 24 feet deep, that it can detect damage in the roadway.

Locating Tanks and Drums: If you are buying a business or excavating ground where there may be buried tanks or drums in the earth? GPR  can be a safer option for you when it comes to identify these things in the ground.

Bridge Deck Inspection: Ground penetrating radar pulses an image in the bridge to help identify any strength problems like cracks or changes in the material.

Ground-penetrating radar is a useful tool when it comes to a variety of things but when it comes to needing a vision in concrete when it comes to your safety, that is where GPR really shines. For a non-intrusive and cost effective method, GPR will cover the basics for you.

Concrete Visions Can Help You Learn More About Safety

Concrete Visions has over 12 years of expertise in FireStop safety and is an approved FireStop contractor. We are your resource for Ground Penetrating Radar, X-Ray and Utility Locating Services in the Maryland, D.C. and Virginia areas. To see the specific counties we serve click here. For more ways we can help, please give us a call at 410-766-2210 or visit us online. For more articles and tips follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+.

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