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How to Screw Up Your GPR Data (Ground Penetrating Radar)

By July 3, 2017 4 Comments

Can you have an effect on the quality of your GPR (ground penetrating radar) data?


In this video, I show how you can screw up your GPR data while on a survey.

First you can create false positives with movements near your gpr antenna. For example, moving your steel toe boot towards your antenna while you are conducting a concrete scan can create an artificial reflection event in your data.

Second, your cell phone can have a huge impact on the quality of your data. It can create high frequency noise throughout your traces making it difficult to interpret data. So, TURN YOUR CELL PHONE OFF!

GPR is difficult enough, make your life easier and control what you can control.

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Join the discussion 4 Comments

  • Brian Holder says:

    It dumbfounds me how many technicians don’t realize that data can be collected from both above ground and below ground targets. Keep an eye to the sky when using GPR because above ground objects such as trees, signs, and wires etc can impact your results.

    • dpbigman says:

      Me too. I’m not sure why some folks think the energy is like a beam or something? The signal spreads…right in your face and everywhere else. Thanks for the comment Brian, much appreciated!

  • Basics, but then again something we might forget.
    Always try to collect data as clean as possible. Thanks again for the reminder!