Top Benefits of Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR)
Making plans to hire a geophysical specialist isn’t one of the most common things you’ll do as a property owner. So, when it’s something you find yourself required to use, it’s due to a particular type of essential project.
Ground-penetrating radar works by emitting a small pulse of energy out and recording how long it takes and how strong the return signal is. These series of reflected return pulses over an area create a scan.
This is used as a locating method and is most frequently used for locating underground utilities before digging or disturbing the ground for a project. It’s necessary to use some form of GPR before digging, and it can be very beneficial for residential, commercial, and industrial property owners.
Advantages of Using GPR
GPR is generally used for ground or concrete to detect utilities and avoid hitting them during digging or excavation. Although using an X-ray scanner is an option, GPR can produce better images.
However, that’s not the only benefit of using DPR, nor the only reason GPR is usually preferred over other possible methods. Some of the other advantages include:
Using GPR is considered much safer for those using the equipment than something like an X-ray scanner. Even though protective gear is required for an X-ray scanner, it’s still more of a safety risk than a ground-penetrating radar device. No extra safety precautions are required for GPR, and that’s a good enough reason right there to use this over an X-ray scanner.
- Better Quality
Unlike X-ray scanning, GPR only needs to scan one side of a concrete slab to produce a clear scan. For the alternative, the only way to produce a scan is for the equipment to be able to see both sides of the slab. It also doesn’t matter how thick the slab is or how deep down the lines are located – GPR can detect them.
- Effective and Efficient
Instead of waiting for scans to be printed and returned, you can have images in real-time. That makes GPR the better choice for jobs that require immediate utility location. Your job can keep moving forward without the lag time waiting for image development.
More good news – ground penetrating radar is also less expensive.
Hiring the Right Team
The important thing is that you hire the best company to get the level of service that you deserve. American Geophysics Inc. has earned a flawless reputation over the past 20 years we’ve been in the business.
We’re GPR Specialists and we are OSHA certified and eager to put our skills to work for you. When you need service in New Jersey from geophysical experts, give us a call.