Subsurface Exploration

Written by Amy Hall
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The Benefits of Subsurface Exploration

Subsurface exploration is done in order to accurately locate utilities such as rebar, conduit, and fiber optic cable by using Ground Penetrating Radar. This unique system allows for non-destructive testing of targeted areas, in a shorter amount of time, thus saving more money. Construction crews can go straight to work already knowing exactly where to dig and where to avoid digging.

This is beneficial because it means that accidents from workers or machinery colliding with conduit, electrical wires, and cables can be avoided. These types of accidents can be fatal as they have the potential to result in fires, electrocutions, or flooding. In areas that are heavily populated, this is obviously not the desirable outcome.

Who Uses Ground Penetrating Radar Systems

There are many professional fields that use GPR systems. Geologists, Geophysicists, Engineers, Environmental Engineers, Highway Engineers, Mining Engineers, Archaeologists and Forensic experts use these GPR systems to solve complex problems related to their specialties. In the fields of civil engineering, construction, geology, hydrogeology, archaeology and environmental protection, what you can't see often causes huge problems.

GPR works when an antenna is scanned over a targeted area and radio pulses are emitted from embedded utilities. From a series of scans, target depth and spacing can be accurately laid out directly on the surface for trouble free coring, cutting, and structural analysis. Subsurface exploration helps professionals in all types of businesses to safely and accurately detect and locate rebar, conduit, cables, and voids in order to save time and money.


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