Ground Penetrating Radar

Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR)

Are you struggling while locating utilities, you know how serious and challenging it can be to find plastic pipes and conduits. It can be time consuming, it disturbs the environment and causes traffic delays. Accurate assessments using GPR means better use of space, time and resources. It is less invasive in that it can locate pipes and serve as a powerful visual aid in their diagnosis without digging, probing, or drilling of any kind.

There are many methods of locating utilities, but many of them have their limitations:

Electromagnetic locators don’t work well beyond 10-15 feet of depth and do not detect non-metallic materials.

Vacuum excavators, while providing indisputable visual confirmation, are not entirely efficient. They do not work without damage to soil and pavement, they require regular refill of water in the case of hydro-powered excavators, and require the maintenance and transportation of heavy equipment. Not to mention, they are far more costly than GPR systems.

Acoustic pipe locators receive weaker signals from plastic pipes (PVC and PE), whereas GPR units do not discriminate. Acoustic locators are tedious to operate; pulses must be manually generated and therefore do not give continuous reads the way GPR does.

Witching  or Dowsing has been proven to be potentially unreliable. Many engineers see it as nothing more than a parlor trick.

We encourage the use of as many technologies as possible to ensure for precise data, but  anyone who uses GPR understands quickly that it is the most powerful and efficient tool in the detection business.