GPR Scanning Technology Makes All Sorts of Digging and Research Possible

GPR scanning

Ground-penetrating radar technology, commonly referred to as GPR scanning, is a geophysical method implementing radar pulses in order to create an underground image. Through electromagnetic radiation in microwave frequencies, the technology detects the reflected signals from underground structures. The use of this technology goes all the way back to the first few years of the 20th century, with the first patent for its use to locate underground obstacles in 1910. One of its first major uses was when in 1929, this scanning was used to measure the depth of a glacier. It wasn’t until the 1970s that military use had pushed research and technology enough for there to be commercial applications of the technology. 

Geologic Research

As previously mentioned, one of the earliest major uses of this scanning was for geological research. To this day, it is a vital tool when studying soils, groundwater, ice, and bedrock. The technology is commonly implemented in prospecting for diamonds and gold nuggets. It has proven so useful in the matter of scientific research that it is used by lunar rovers in order to investigate the soils and the crust of the Moon. In what is known as “nondestructive testing,” GPR scanning is used to gain information about the structures and components underneath the surface of the ground without having to actually break the ground in question. Not only does this contribute to convenience and logistics, but it allows for better planning overall.

gpr scanning technology makes all sorts of digging and research possible


Because of how nondestructive it is, GPR scanning is an ideal tool in archaeology, for it can be used to detect and map underground archaeological features, artifacts, and patterning. In favorable circumstances, this scanning method will allow archaeologists to locate buried artifacts without the risk of damaging them while excavating or searching for them. However, its use will be limited by the environmental conditions at the time. The smoother and more uniform the surface is, the better the technology will work. This is why this might work great in sandy soils such as beaches or deserts, but it might not work as well in more rugged or rocky terrains. Again, as long as it’s uniform, which leads us to the way we ourselves use it.

Nondestructive Utility Testing

At Precise Scanning Solutions, we make use of GPR scanning in order to nondestructively test the ground for possible utility lines. We can scan concrete grounds, which are uniform and therefore ideal for the specific situation, in order to map out potential utility lines underground. It is the best way to know for sure that you won’t be causing significant damage to these utility lines when you are digging or breaking ground. With our top of the line equipment, we are able to provide the customer with the most precise scanning available and to further elaborate on the scanning by providing the customer with a detailed report and map based on our findings.

GPR Concrete Scanning

Digging is always a delicate operation, for you never know whether you will hit utility lines or not. In order to prevent that, you can conveniently contact us at Precise Scanning Solutions. Through ground penetrating radar technology, we can scan the ground up to thirty feet deep, mapping out potential utility lines so that you can comfortably dig through. For utility scanning in the Los Angeles area, give us a call at (323) 321-7219.

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