Get the Basics on Ground Penetrating Radar

What is Ground Penetrating Radar?

Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) works by emitting tiny pulses of energy into a material and recording the strength and travel times of any reflected energy (signal). The reflected energy is recorded and used to locate objects that are buried beneath the material's surface.


What are the Benefits?

GPR reduces costs and provides an easily deployed, non-destructive, disturbance-free means of locating subsurface objects composed of concrete, metal, steel or plastic without having to excavate or drill test borings.

It is frequently used to identify the following:

  • Subsurface utilities, such as electric, water, sewer, gas and communication lines
  • Landfill delineation
  • Cemeteries and unmarked burials
  • Underground Storage Tanks (USTs)
  • Underslab voids
  • Frost depths for construction purposes


Who Uses GPR?

GPR has been used successfully to identify subsurface structures by colleges, universities, hospitals, oil and gas production operations, excavating contractors, surveyors, engineering firms, environmental firms and homeowners.


Curious to Know More?

Our professionals have utilized GPR on numerous sites across northern Michigan. If you are curious about using GPR to gain a more comprehensive understanding of a project site, we would be happy to help! Contact us to learn more.