Ground-penetrating radar is an incredibly useful technology that allows professionals to gain necessary information about what lies beneath the surface of the ground. It is used in various industries, including archaeology, construction, the military, and engineering. For projects that require digging, it’s often necessary for saving time and money to use GPR for imaging before you take out the tools, to avoid destroying sewer or gas lines or accessing any water that you want to avoid. It’s an extra step but great for ensuring due diligence in all underground-related projects.
GPR technology is often used to mark utilities. Before beginning any construction projects that require digging, you should do your research pertaining to any possible utilities you might have on your property. Call the property office for your county to have them mark any utilities that are there, allowing you to avoid all pipes and underground lines in those areas.
This is how GPR technology works: it recognizes signals that utility lines transmit, almost like a radio system. The active method of locating what lies beneath searches for a specific line with a direct connection while the passive method shows how many lines are present in that specific area.
Assessing the Ground
As important and useful as GPR technology is, its effectiveness depends a lot on the condition of the ground. This type of technology responds well to wet soil as it helps generate strong signals from the lines. Furthermore, although you will get a result from dry soil, it’s much more difficult to decipher and interpret. If it’s GPR time and you see that the soil is dry, you can easily introduce some moisture by turning on your sprinkler system or spraying your hose over the ground to generate a much clearer reading.
GPR Scanning with Concrete Visions
Concrete Visions has over 12 years of experience and expertise in concrete scanning and we know how to detect any problems lurking beneath the surface. We use ground penetrating radar accurately and expertly and are familiar in many other methods that can be used when appropriate like concrete x-ray and electromagnetic conductivity. We are also very familiar with the latest construction safety techniques and train all of our workers to do their work quickly, accurately, and safely. If you would like to learn more about how we can help you, give is a call at (410) 766-2210 or visit us online. For more articles and tips, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+.