GPR News – Q5C


MATAWAN, N.J. Nov. 1, 2014 - US Radar Inc., a leading manufacturer of subsurface imaging systems, has just begun production of its Q5C, a ground-penetrating radar unit that delivers US Radar’s signature SmartGain™ digital clarity at a list price that’s just a little over half the cost of most competitive units. Unlike any other attempts at a budget GPR units, this unit has performance characteristics in line with high end GPR units. This translates to successfully finding more utilities than possible with other low cost units.

“The US Radar Q5C is going to give contractors and municipalities that never considered buying their own radar unit the chance to put ground-penetrating radar to work in their public works, environmental and utility locating efforts,” said Ron LaBarca, president, US Radar Inc.

The US Radar Q5C incorporates SmartStack™, a unique algorithm that takes advantage of spare processing power to improve image quality and increase depth of penetration, especially in soils that tend to dissipate electrical energy. StreetSmart™ onboard processing eliminates the need for post-processing of information so the operator can see and evaluate data in real time rather than go back to the office.

“The cost of entry for the Q5C is below the threshold where bids are usually required, yet this workhorse delivers the most powerful GPR on the market for locating utilities up to 15 feet deep,” LaBarca said.

Users can build on base unit

The basic Q5C operates at a frequency range of 300 to 1300 MHz. It comes standard with a 1.9 GHz multi-core Intel Atom processor and 10.4-inch daylight-readable LED color display. A single battery powers the unit. “Users can add capability both through hardware and software upgrades to build the base model into a top-shelf GPR unit,” LaBarca said. He noted that, like other US Radar GPR units, a two-year warranty on parts and labor is standard, along with complimentary telephone and email technical support.

Although the Q5C can be used for most GPR applications, LaBarca said he expects the primary applications will be utility locating, infrastructure and natural gas.

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