4 Occasions When You Should Use Ground-Penetrating Radar

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4 Occasions When You Should Use Ground-Penetrating Radar

30 November 2022
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

Ground-penetrating radar (GPR) is a tool that uses electromagnetic waves to create images of the subsurface. It is commonly used in a variety of industries, including construction, mining, and archaeology. GPR can be used to detect buried utilities, map strata, and locate voids and cracks in concrete. This blog post discusses four occasions when you should use GPR.

1. When You Need to Locate Subsurface Utilities

If you are planning a construction project, it is important to know the location of all underground utilities, such as water and sewer lines, before you start excavating. Excavating without knowing the location of underground utilities can result in costly damage and delays. GPR can be used to locate buried utilities so that you can avoid them when excavating.

2. When You Need to Map Strata

GPR, or ground-penetrating radar, is a tool that can be used to create a three-dimensional image of the subsurface. This information is important for understanding the geology of an area and can be used for a variety of purposes, such as siting new buildings or choosing the route for a new highway. The images produced can then also be used to map strata and determine the location of potential hazards, such as sinkholes or underground bodies of water.

3. When You Need to Find Voids and Cracks in Concrete

GPR can also be used to find voids or cracks in concrete structures, such as bridges and floors. Different materials reflect waves in different ways, so by interpreting the data, it is possible to create an image of what is beneath the surface. GPR is a non-destructive method that can provide valuable information about the condition of a structure. This information is important for assessing the structural integrity of a structure and for making repairs.

4. When You Working Alongside an Archaeologist

When working on a site that has archaeological importance, you can use GPR to create images of what is beneath the ground without having to excavate the site. This information is important for understanding the layout of an archaeological site, so you do not cause any damage during construction work.


GPR is a powerful tool that can help you to complete your next project. If you need help using GPR on your next project, contact a company that supplies this type of equipment. They can help you explore your options and understand how your project will benefit from GPR.