Utility Location With Ground Penetrating Radar

Utility Location with Ground Penetrating Radar

Unlike many other utility location methods, using ground penetrating radar (GPR) offers particular advantages. GPR systems do not require any digging or excavating to operate, can detect both conductive and nonconductive materials, and can adapt to multiple soil conditions. In theory, the same system can equally and effectively aid a utility locator in both West Texas and Kuwait.

GPR Streamlines the Utility Location Process

The noninvasive and versatile nature of ground penetrating radar allows the operator to collect high quality data in a timely manner. This powerful visual aid can help with more informed decision making and can be shared with multiple parties involved on the same job.

Solving a Longstanding Utility Location Challenge

Utility infrastructure installation and maintenance contractors know the challenge of navigating decades of unchecked and unmapped infrastructure. Within a wide arsenal of tools, the locator needs a data collection platform that can:

  • Operate across multiple terrains and soil conditions
  • Record visual data with 3D imaging and mapping capabilities
  • Translate findings into actionable information

US Radar ground penetrating radar systems can accomplish all three of these needs and more. Self-calibrating antennas allow for the systems to adapt to local soil conditions while the durable hardware can withstand long-term physical wear. Our software suite also allows the operator to transform findings into 3D images and detailed maps with advanced post-processing options.

The utility location information recorded by your GPR system can be further post-processed by the operator. They can map the location of utility lines with GPS integration, record these visuals, and share files across multiple third-party software platforms with others involved on the same job. This creates a common point-of-reference for all contractors to work in-sync with one another for a safer and more efficient work environment.

Utility applications:

  • Clay Pipes
  • Plastic or PVC
  • Concrete Pipe
  • Transite pipe
  • Metal pipe
  • Missing Valves
  • Water Boxes
  • Abandoned lines
  • Illegal or unknown connection
  • Conduit
  • Water
  • Wastewater
  • Gas
  • Power
  • CATV
  • Telecommunications Wire
  • Fiber Optic
  • Septic Tanks
  • Voids
  • Manholes

What Ground Penetrating Radar System is Right for My Utility Locating Job?

US Radar recommends the GPRover Mapping System, Quantum Imager Triple Frequency Scanner, and Q5C Plus for locating utilities.

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