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How Much Time Should You Take Calibrating Your GPR Before Survey?

By December 15, 2016 2 Comments

How long do you take to set up your ground penetrating radar unit before a survey? 1 minute? 10 minutes? 2 hours?

What is the correct amount of time you should take?

It varies depending on the site conditions, the amount of time you have, and the project budget…BUT, most of you are probably not taking enough time calibrating your instrument properly.

In this video I discuss some of the benefits of taking more time during the set up process and encourage you to take a few extra minutes to increase the likelihood of success on your projects.

In the comments below tell me the longest you ever took calibrating your GPR unit! is an online training platform for Ground Penetrating Radar that helps civil engineers, utility locators, and others learn about GPR through fun and engaging courses and coaching.

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Join the discussion 2 Comments

  • I can remember when I first started out in the industry with GPR being trained how to calibrate the unit. I don’t recall ever spending more than a minute or two calibrating it, and it never occurred to me to calibrate my mindset!This video was an eye opener for sure though!

    • dpbigman says:

      Thanks so much for the comment Brian! I am glad you found something useful in this video. It’s an interesting thing to calibrate your mindset. Sometimes after walking around with the instrument on and just seeing what the data look like, it can be so helpful in making interpretations on the fly. Something that folks in the damage prevention industry often are tasked with doing.