What benefit is there to use Ground Penetrating Radar?

What benefit is there to use Ground Penetrating Radar?

Using Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) to detect underground utilities has many benefits over traditional utility locating practices.


Ground penetrating radar
can be used to detect most underground utilities. A specialized antenna emits radio waves into the earth, which are then reflected back to the machine. The biggest benefit GPR offers is that radar can detect most utilities with a higher density than the earth materials around that utility.

Ground Penetrating Radar is great for identifying the location of underground water, sewer, storm, and gas pipes, as well as electric, cable TV, and communication wires and conduits.

When provided a work area, Master Locators will sweep the area in a grid pattern with the GPR once all know utilities have been identified. This allows us to confirm our mark-out locations, and also to identify additional commodities that traditional utility locating practices didn’t detect.

Like most technologies, ground radar has limitations as well. Dense or saturated soils, heavy tree roots, and metallic concentrations in the earth can all limit the results produced by GPR. Ground Radar can also be limited by the size, material, and depth of the target utility we are searching for. Master Locators Inc has the equipment, technology, and training necessary to overcome obstacles and limitations that may arise in the field.

1 Response

  1. Rockford Johnson

    I knew nothing about ground penetrating radar services before reading this article. It was cool to learn that GPRs can help to determine the density of underground earth materials. I hope that I can remember this article the next time I am looking for land.

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