It becomes difficult to check for leaks or determine the current status of underground systems and other buried utilities, especially when:

• a certain area has already been developed
• another structure has already been built on top of it

And even without such structures, it's still a challenge to determine what's under the ground. Sure it's possible, but it's not always possible to dig or drill holes and insert a probe to do it. A good alternative would be to use ground penetrating radar services (GPRS), which uses state-of-the-art machinery to scan the area and generate two-dimensional and three-dimensional images for its evaluation.

What are ground penetrating radar services?

These services involve a trained technician who will scan the designated area using a ground penetrating radar device. These radars work by emitting or sending short pulses of energy to the ground. An echo is returned if these pulses come in contact with an object or structure buried underneath, such as pipes, utilities, or the walls of a well or cavity. The radar will then take note of the amount of time it took to receive the echo and determine the approximate distance of the structure from the surface. In addition, GPRS can also:

• Detect leaks in underground structures.
• Determine the thickness of concrete or asphalt slabs.
• Locate the extent of the reach of the roots of old and mature trees.
• Indicate the presence of disturbed areas, cavities or installed cables.
• Identify the type of underground structure detected (may include sewer lines, septic tanks, unmarked graves, etc.)

Some applications of ground penetrating radar services

Before embarking on a construction project, contractors are required to be aware of existing underground structures or utilities or if there are leaks in these areas. GPRS are also used in environmental, geological, and reconstruction projects. These services have been used to assist projects such as cemetery restorations, environmental drilling operations, and private home renovations. Specifically, what GPRS does is:

• Obtain critical information regarding underground leaks, buried utilities, voids or any other existing structures below ground
• Guarantee the safety of construction workers.
• Reduce liability on the part of the company.
• Promote a safe work environment.

Performing a construction site scan in advance will reduce the risk of encountering problems that may arise due to existing underground structures.

Advantages of ground penetrating radar services

While there are other methods that can also detect underground structures, GPRS is highly recommended and more preferred for the following reasons:

• The technique does not emit harmful radiation.
• It is a non-destructive method that keeps public areas or private structures intact.
• Unlike radio detection techniques, it is capable of detecting non-metallic objects or structures such as: non-metallic buried water or gas pipes, fiber optics and drainage pipes.

Institutions employing ground penetrating radar services

It is not just private companies or construction companies that employ ground penetration services. In fact, a wide range of other institutions also take advantage of technology, These include, but are not limited to:

• Schools
• hospitals
• universities
• Owners
• environmentalists
• Governmental agencies

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