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Scanning New Ground: European 3-Day GPR Course
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ensors & Software has conducted an annual 3-Day course in Canada since 1998; this course is in its 22nd year. In 2018, for the first time, we conducted a 3-Day course in Europe; in Höhr-Grenzhausen, Germany, the town where our European office is located.

We used the same formula that has worked so successfully in Canada for over two decades: the first day covered GPR theory and case studies, the second day was a complete day of hands-on field work and the last day focused on data processing, interpretation and analysis using the EKKO_Project™ software. For the field day, the students were split into groups and rotated through 4 stations, spending 2 hours at each station.

The students were also introduced to the latest generation of SPIDAR hardware, that allows networking multiple Noggin® or pulseEKKO® GPR systems together into multi-frequency, array and multi-fold systems, including the WARR Machine. A friendly competition developed between the groups, wondering who had collected the most data over the course of the day (see the results on page 2).

After a great field day, the last day was spent using the EKKO_Project™ software to plot the data in cross-sections, 2D depth slices and 3D volumes to analyze and interpret the data. A favourite feature of the students was the LineView module’s ability to launch Google Earth to pinpoint where a subsurface reflection was located; a great way to add context to the GPR data and improve the data interpretation.

We got some great positive feedback from the course, including this comment from one of the students: “It was well organized, sufficiently dense to be very useful but not overwhelming and moreover I enjoyed it. Well worth the time, money and the travel.”

We are already planning for the 2019 course. If you are interested, see the course details on our website.

all gpr data on Google earth Map
All GPR Data on Google Earth

100 MHz Geology Station
 
A 100 MHz pulseEKKO® PRO system in Full Bistatic and SmartTow configurations for imaging geological structure, featuring the new Ultra Receiver, for deeper sounding.
Statistics
19 megabytes; 1635 meters; 6539 traces @ 0.25m step size

ground penetrating radar 100MHz frequency

ground scanning with gpr radar

250 MHz Utility-Locating Station
 
A Noggin® 250 MHz system in the SmartCart® configuration for utility mapping; Line Scans and Grid Scans were done.

gpr radargram depth

Statistics
128 megabytes; 3680 meters; 73,611 traces @ 0.05m step size

concrete pavement scanning with gpr

underground utility mapping
500 MHz Forensics Station
 
A Noggin® 500 MHz system in the SmartCart® configuration for detailed forensic mapping; a series of 5×5 meter Grid Scans were collected.

Statistics
72 megabytes; 1050 meters; 52,503 traces; @0.02m step size

forensic survey using GPR

gpr survey map
ground radar depth map

1000 MHz Road Survey
 
A Noggin® 1000 MHz system on the SmartChariot for a high-resolution road survey

Statistics
42 megabytes; 3145 meters; 31,450 traces @ 0.1m step size

road scanning with Noggin GPR

rad survey gpr scanning datagram

Overall Statistics
 
261 megabytes; 9510 meters; 164,103 traces

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