Utility safety: Ground penetrating radar

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Safety equipment: GSSI, a manufacturer of ground penetrating radar (GPR) equipment, will be highlighting its UtilityScan GPR system at the Canadian Common Ground Alliance’s 2014 Damage Prevention Symposium, to be held October 28-30 at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in Banff, Alberta, Canada. In addition Jan Kesik, C.E.T., from GSSI will be giving a presentation entitled “An Introduction to Locating and Mapping Underground Utilities using Ground Penetrating RADAR at the symposium.”

At the GSSI booth, GPR professionals will highlight the UtilityScan, which allows users to efficiently identify and mark the location and depth of subsurface utilities such as communication, gas and sewer lines. It can locate a variety of metallic and non-metallic targets. The UtilityScan family of GPR solutions is also configurable to the needs of a number of specific applications beyond utility detection, such as environmental remediation, road inspection, concrete scanning, geological research, archaeology, and forensic investigations.

With 10 different cart, antenna and control unit configurations, the UtilityScan can be tailored to meet a wide range of needs in these and other applications. All of the UtilityScan configurations deliver exceptionally high-quality data and are rugged enough to withstand years of field usage. The easy-to-transport system offers a back-up cursor and cross-hair cursor to allow users to accurately identify targets. It also has the ability both for real-time data collection and to store and replay data, giving it the flexibility users need.

Jan Kesik, Canada Territory Manager for GSSI, will present about locating and mapping underground utilities at the Symposium. Jan has a strong background in ground penetrating radar and extensive experience in geophysics (micro seismic), hydrogeology (groundwater) and civil engineering. He will be discussing how today’s urban environment is becoming more and more complex, and how GPR can be used to locate and map the underground infrastructure. Topics in the session will include the fundamentals of GPR technology, the limitations and capabilities of GPR technology, and soil/site characteristics, as well as various survey methods and real-time locating versus SUE efforts.

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