Ground Penetrating Radar: Meet This NDT Heavy Weight Solution
Friday, November 19, 2021

Ground Penetrating Radar: Meet This NDT Heavy Weight Solution

If you’ve been following the news lately, you’ve likely heard the terms “Ground Penetrating Radar” or “GPR”, used quite frequently with reference to their use in uncovering the graves of Indigenous children at the sites of residential schools across Canada. As an incredibly valuable, non-destructive method of investigation, GPR provides multiple benefits to any job site and helps to ensure that your operation is as safe and efficient as possible. As an industry leader in the NDT field, Russell NDE is proud to utilize leading technology like GPR to provide our customers with exceptional information that they can count on. Below, we’ll take a closer look at a few of the benefits of ground-penetrating radar, as well as partnering with Russell NDE. Read on to learn more!

Increased Efficiency

One of the biggest challenges facing project managers and builders on a job site is working around subsurface ambiguity. Without knowing what you’re facing beneath the surface, cutting into concrete slabs or excavation can be extremely risky and lead to costly delays (or worse) if something goes wrong. Ground-penetrating radar makes it easy to take a quick, thorough look beneath the surface and get an accurate layout of any utilities, foundational issues like voids, rebar, or post-tension cables that you may need to be aware of. GPR gives you a functional “road map” in the form of either 2D or 3D models that you can count on and use to guide construction, eliminating many of the typical causes for project delays.


Thanks to the non-invasiveness of GPR, it is extremely useful in applications where excavation is less than ideal. Despite being thought of as a predominant asset for the construction field (though there’s no denying that it very much is one), GPR is utilized for a wide range of applications across multiple industries. From subsurface utility engineering to highway surveys, archaeological digs, and, as we mentioned above, investigating unmarked graves, ground-penetrating radar is one of the most versatile NDT inspection methods on the market.


Safety is a major concern on any development site, especially where there may be the concern of cutting into unseen utility lines or data wires, and the many other hazards that can be disastrous for equipment and your crew. GPR allows you to safely see beneath the surface and move forward confidently, saving yourself time and money in the process! GPR uses a type of radiation that is not harmful to people and can therefore be used close to where people are working (unlike radiography).

NDT Inspection with Russell NDE

Based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Russell NDE Systems is proud to be a leading provider of NDT inspection services, as well as award-winning technology that provides exceptional results. With clients spanning the construction, oil & gas, petroleum, and related sectors, you can count on Russell to provide comprehensive pipeline and job site analysis to keep your crew safe and efficient. Learn more about our GPR services by contacting our team today!


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