Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) is a non-intrusive subsurface investigation method used to map structures buried in the ground - in short its a way to understand the world under your feet.
GPR is not a new technology, in fact it has been used for decades as a tried and tested method to probe the ground’s internal structure. Beginning in the 1970s as a method to understand the thickness of ice sheets and glaciers, applications of the technology have grown to include the mapping of ground structures, and non-destructive testing of non-metal structures.
Today, GPR has applications across a wide range of industries providing an even wider range of potential applications. From searching for buried utilities in the Power and Oil & Gas industries, to locating buried landmines and unexploded ordinance for Public Safety and Disaster Management, to supporting Archeological digs - the potential applications of GPR are nearly limitless.
However, delivering GPR surveys can be a costly, difficult, and dangerous undertaking. Harsh field conditions, unpredictable weather, and the remote nature of the assessment all provide significant risks for field staff.
Thats where we come in. A GPR enabled drone easily provides the same benefits as traditional ground based assessment, while also providing some additional operational advantages. Drones are lightweight (compared to a manned airplane or a helicopter), easily transportable by car, capable of flying autonomously at low altitudes with high precision, and have the ability to reach areas that are inaccessible to ground based surveyors. Implementing a drone based approach provides you with faster delivery, more reliable data, and better site accessibility - all while reducing the operational risk and cost of your program.
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Beneath every project lies a complex network of cables, pipes, and other buried infrastructure. Understanding the type and location of these assets is a critical task prior to starting a project in an existing area, or where asset information is missing or incomplete.
Using our Ground Penetrating Radar equipped drones, we are able to provide a clear picture of the potential risks present on your site prior to project development.
While drones can also be equipped with Bathymetric sensors, GPR integrated drones provide the ability to do work even when the water is frozen or the surface of the water is partially covered with ice.
Drone-based GPR can measure the depth of water or can profile the bottom of freshwater rivers, lakes, ponds up to 15 meters in depth.
The exact nature of what exists under your site can range from sites of archeological importance to unexploded ordinance, and everything in between.
Using our Ground Penetrating Radar equipped drones, we are able to provide a clear picture of objects with a diameter starting at just 8 cm. That means, whether you are looking for a lost Incan civilization or clearing a site of potential risks - you’ll see what you need to.