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pulseEKKO®

Overview

pulseEKKO® GPR systems provide unparalleled performance with a wide-range of frequencies for applications ranging from deep mineral exploration and glaciology to high-resolution geotechnical investigations and concrete imaging.

System Overview

pulseEKKO

pulseEKKO® is designed to meet the needs of GPR professionals, addressing many GPR applications.

  • The operating bandwidth is selectable from 12.5 MHz to 1000 MHz to optimize the spatial resolution required by target size and exploration depth.
  • The fully bistatic design enables variable antenna offsets and orientations for advanced survey types such as multi-offset, transillumination and multi-polarization.
  • Low system noise paired with high-accuracy digital acquisition directly at the receiving antenna results in unprecedented depth of penetration.
  • Many deployment configurations are available for practical field operation.
  • Data are acquired in Sensors & Software’s industry standard file format for analysis with a range of processing and visualization software products.

Applications

  • Geological stratigraphy: Profile subsurface stratigraphy, structure and the bedrock surface
  • Mining & Quarrying: Detect changes in rock type, fractures, faults and joints for safety and resource development in underground mines
  • Geotechnical & Environmental: Map depth to bedrock, detect sinkholes, locate underground storage tanks (USTs) as well as septic systems, drainage systems on golf courses and farms
  • Forensics & Archaeology: Law enforcement uncover buried caches of drugs, money, weapons and clandestine graves. Archaeologists image underground artifacts, tombs and the foundations of ancient structures
  • Glaciology, Ice & Snow: Measure the thicknesses and image the internal structure of glaciers and ice sheets for polar ice-cap and climate change research. Measure snow depth for water resource management and ice thickness for ice road safety.
  • Structure assessment: Assess the interior of concrete and pavement for asset management and maintenance planning
Specifications 12.5 MHz 25 MHz 50 MHz 100 MHz 200 MHz 250 MHz 500 MHz 1000 MHz
Deep Geology, Glaciology X X X
Geology X X X
Utilities, Geotechnical X X X
Archaeology X X
Forensics, Snow & Ice X X
Mining, Quarrying X
Concrete, Roads, Bridges X

Advanced Survey Methods

As well as traditional reflection surveys, pulseEKKO’s bistatic antennas allow for variable antenna separations – ideal for CMP, WARR, multi-fold and transillumination surveys.

CMP: Common midpoint (CMP) surveys for subsurface velocity calculations, water content measurements and seismic-style trace stacking.
CMP
Common midpoint (CMP) surveys for subsurface velocity calculations, water content measurements and seismic-style trace stacking.
Wide-angle reflection and refraction (WARR) surveys; an effective tool for advanced GPR research projects.
WARR
Wide-angle reflection and refraction (WARR) surveys; an effective tool for advanced GPR research projects.
One-way measurements between boreholes and borehole-to-surface measuring velocity and attenuation; providing a unique option for using GPR in electrically-conductive soils.
Borehole
One-way measurements between boreholes and borehole-to-surface measuring velocity and attenuation; providing a unique option for using GPR in electrically-conductive soils.
Direct one-way transmission through an object to extract travel time, amplitude and dispersion information.
Transillumination
Direct one-way transmission through an object to extract travel time, amplitude and dispersion information.

Multi-channel Surveys

pulseEKKO® is a configurable product. pulseEKKO® components can be used as building block for larger, more advanced systems. For example, several antennas or transducer sets can be networked together using the SPIDAR® hardware.

pulseEKKO® GPR Multi-channel Surveys: Multi-Frequency Survey
Multi-Frequency Survey
pulseEKKO® GPR Multi-channel Surveys: Multi-channel array
Multi-channel array
pulseEKKO® GPR Multi-channel Surveys: Multi-fold Survey
Multi-fold Survey

pulseEKKO® components

Starting from a common control center, assemble the pulseEKKO components into a system best suited to your GPR application. Pick the antenna or transducer that provides the desired operating bandwidth and the deployment method best suited for your environment.

Control Package

The control package is the heart of the pulseEKKO® system and provides system control, data collection parameters and data display. It consists of the digital video logger (DVL), battery and power cables for connection to pulseEKKO antennas and transducers.

pulseEKKO® GPR Control Package
pulseEKKO® GPR Control Package
It consists of the digital video logger (DVL), battery and power cables for connection to pulseEKKO antennas and transducers.

Digital Video Logger (DVL)

The latest evolution of pulseEKKO® - the DVL-500P data logger-has many features to make GPR surveys easier and your time in the field more efficient.
DVL-500P
The latest evolution of pulseEKKO® – the DVL-500P data logger-has many features to make GPR surveys easier and your time in the field more efficient.

DVL Features

The digital video logger (DVL) has a high-resolution, sunlight-visible, touch screen and an intuitive user interface for efficient data collection. Easily adjust survey parameters including survey type, time window, step size, and stacking to optimize your GPR survey. For advanced surveys, easily control the antenna geometry and triggering method.

Collect grids of data and view depth slices right in the field.
Depth slicing
Collect grids of data and view depth slices right in the field.
Map the GPR utility data.
Map view
Display a plan map view of grids. Using external GPS, display a plan map view of the complete survey, including field interpretations and flags added during data collection.
Email a report of line, depth slice or map view data to your customers or colleagues.
Wi-Fi mini-reports
Email a report of line, depth slice or map view data to your customers or colleagues.
Project data is easily exported to USB for post-processing.
USB data transfer
Project data is easily exported to USB for post-processing.
Easily setup, name and save multiple configurations on the DVL to increase efficiency in the field.
Save configurations
Easily setup, name and save multiple configurations on the DVL to increase efficiency in the field.
English, French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Farsi, Russian, Arabic
Multi-language
Multiple interface languages on DVL including: English, French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Farsi, Russian, Arabic.

Low Frequency Antenna Electronics

The antenna electronics package contains fibre optic–linked, battery-powered transmitter and receiver electronics modules. The receiver provides full digital data acquisition at the receiving antenna. Fibre optics provides the high performance needed for low frequency deep GPR sounding. The antenna electronics have quick snap–on assemblies to support 12.5, 25, 50, 100 and 200 MHz bandwidth antenna sets.

Low Frequency Antenna Electronics
Low Frequency Antenna Electronics

Transmitters

pulseEKKO has regulatory-compliant transmitters available for every country in the world.

Transmitters
Transmitters

Receivers

pulseEKKO® has two receiver options, the pulseEKKO® PRO (Model 1600) and the pulseEKKO® Ultra (Model 3200).

pulseEKKO® PRO Receiver – Tested by time, the pulseEKKO® PRO Receiver delivers clean, high-quality data for all low frequency GPR applications. For over a decade, this receiver has allowed GPR professionals to collect data on the most remote corners of the earth. The superior data it produces has been the backbone of countless published papers and professional reports.

pulseEKKO® PRO
pulseEKKO® PRO (Model 1600)

pulseEKKO® Ultra Receiver – The Ultra Receiver uses the latest in GPR technology to allow users to see up to 2 times deeper. This receiver is fast enough to stack GPR traces thousands of times lowering the noise floor so weaker, deeper GPR signals are detected. The Ultra Receiver stacks thousands of times, allowing GPR practitioners to see GPR signals 100 times smaller than before. High stacking increases the dynamic range of the data from 16-bit to 32-bit. Click here to learn more.

pulseEKKO® Ultra
pulseEKKO® Ultra (Model 3200)

Antennas & Transducers Overview

 pulseEKKO® Antennas & Transducers Overview
Antennas & Transducers Overview

Antennas

pulseEKKO® provides interchangeable antennas with bandwidths of 12.5, 25, 50, 100 and 200 MHz. All antennas are lightweight, flexible and portable with simple assembly and support structures. All the antennas have the option of adjustable handles (shown in the pictures below). The 50, 100 and 200 MHz antennas can also be deployed on a SmartCart or in the SmartTow configurations.

12.5 MHz Antennas

Applications:

  • Very deep geologic sounding applications such as determining bedrock structure
  • Glacier and ice sheet depth
pulseEKKO GPR 12.5 MHz Antennas
pulseEKKO® GPR 12.5 MHz Antennas
Antenna length: 8m

25 MHz Antennas

Applications:

  • Geologic applications such as hardrock structures
  • Glacier and ice sheet depth sounding
pulseEKKO GPR 25 MHz Antennas
pulseEKKO® GPR 25 MHz Antennas
Antenna length: 4m

50 MHz Antennas

Applications:

  • Geologic sounding and geotechnical evaluation
  • Hydrogeologic stratigraphy
  • Glacier depth sounding
  • Fresh water bathymetry
pulseEKKO GPR 50 MHz Antennas
pulseEKKO® GPR 50 MHz Antennas
Antenna length: 2m

100 MHz Antennas

Applications:

  • Geologic mapping and geotechnical surveys
  • Deep buried utility locating
pulseEKKO GPR 100 MHz Antennas
pulseEKKO® GPR 100 MHz Antennas
Antenna length: 1m

200 MHz Antennas

Applications:

  • Geotechnical and deep archeology surveys
  • Tank and barrel location, buried utility locating
  • Buried wall and man-made structure detection
pulseEKKO GPR 200 MHz Antennas
pulseEKKO® GPR 200 MHz Antennas
Antenna length: 0.5m

Transducers

Transducers are units which have antennas and transmitter/receiver electronics assembled into a monolithic package to optimize performance. Bandwidths of 250, 500 and 1000 MHz are provided by shielded transducer sets. The square transducers are lightweight and portable with simple assembly and support structures.

250 MHz Transducers

pulseEKKO® GPR 250 MHz Transducers
pulseEKKO® GPR 250 MHz Transducers
Transducer footprint: 0.3m×0.3m
Applications: Geotechnical, Forensics, Archaeology, and Buried Utility Locating

500 MHz Transducers

pulseEKKO® GPR 500 MHz Transducers
pulseEKKO® GPR 500 MHz Transducers
Transducer footprint: 0.15m×0.15m
Applications: Engineering, Forensics, Archaeology, and Buried Utility Locating

1000 MHz Transducers

pulseEKKO® GPR 1000 MHz Transducers
pulseEKKO® GPR 1000 MHz Transducers
Transducer footprint: 0.08m×0.08m
Applications: Engineering, Infrastructure Assessment, Forensics, Archaeology, and Military

TR1000 Transducers

This compact transducer combines the 1000 MHz transmitter and receiver into one integrated package. Lightweight and portable, it is optimized to access those hard to get at areas and contains an integrated odometer for positioning.

pulseEKKO® GPR TR1000 Transducers
pulseEKKO® GPR TR1000 Transducers
Transducer footprint: 0.13m×0.19m
Applications: Engineering/ Infrastructure assessment/ Forensics/ Archeological/ Military

Borehole Antennas

Borehole antennas allow GPR surveys to be performed between boreholes or from borehole to surface. This allows pulseEKKO users to investigate areas inaccessible to traditional surface GPR antennas.

Borehole Antennas
Borehole Antennas
50 MHz Antenna length:1.84m
100 MHz Antenna length:1.44m
200 MHz Antenna length:1.21m

EKKO_Project™ software

EKKO_Project makes complex GPR analysis and reporting easy with intuitive tools to organize, edit, process and plot your data.
EKKO_Project™ software
EKKO_Project™ makes complex GPR analysis and reporting easy with intuitive tools to organize, edit, process and plot your data.

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Case Studies

GPR Bathymetry

Hydrologists and engineers often require accurate water depth and information about sub-bottom stratigraphy in shallow freshwater lakes and rivers. Uses can vary from estimating available water volumes to the engineering design of new structures.

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