PinPointR – New GPR Utility Locator Solution

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ImpulseRadar, one of the World’s fastest growing ground penetrating radar (GPR) technology companies is proud to announce the launch of the ImpulseRadar PinPointR, a dedicated GPR utility locator instrument. The PinPointR has been developed to maximize in-field productivity by utilizing ImpulseRadar’s innovative real-time sampling (RTS) dual-channel antenna technology, which provides incredible bandwidth, speed, and resolution, all controlled via an intuitive Android-driven user interface.

Whether you are new to GPR or a seasoned operator, PinPointR offers a clear and dependable way to quickly and easily locate, avoid or map underground utilities with the functionality required to meet approved industry standards, whilst offering market-leading performance and data quality. The enhanced bandwidth of the PinPointR antenna provides resolution beyond that of any single-channel GPR system for the detection of near-surface utility targets and other internal reflectors of interest, as well as deeper utility targets with maximum depth penetration. PinPointR can be controlled wirelessly from either a smartphone or ruggedized tablet via an easy-to-use Android-driven user interface.

“We have an innate understanding of our customers’ requirements”, says Tommy Leijon, CEO of ImpulseRadar. “The key to maximizing in-field productivity is to give our users the features and functionality they use day to day in real-world scenarios. Consequently, PinPointR offers complete flexibility for collecting either single line profiles, or multi-line projects with user-defined lengths and profile spacing to suit actual site conditions and specific utility locate objectives.”

The PinPointR is built around ImpulseRadar’s innovative dual-channel RTS-based antenna technology to optimize depth penetration and detection capabilities with maximum resolution. Furthermore, the Android data acquisition App includes industry standard marker functionality (APWA, AS5488, or user-defined) to enable users to mark-up data in the field to correlate with the actual paint marks they put on the ground and any subsequent field sketches or report outputs. PinPointR includes in-built GPS and supports external GPS for enhanced geo-referencing of collected GPR data. For users who wish to post-process data, PinPointR files (including markers) can be imported into the ImpulseRadar CrossPoint software for processing, visualization, analysis, and export to CAD, GIS, and Google formats.

The ImpulseRadar PinPointR is the latest addition to ImpulseRadar’s impressive line-up of GPR solutions, including the ImpulseRadar CrossOver series of dual-channel 2D antennas and the ImpulseRadar Raptor 3D GPR Array solution.

Visit the PinPointR product page to learn more.

An “All-In” Approach For 3D Utility Investigations

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The following excerpts are from an article that was originally published in the 2019 Special Locate Issue of Damage Prevention Professional (DP-Pro).

IT IS PROVEN that on large infrastructure projects utilities are almost always at or near the top of the list in terms of cost overruns and delays to project schedules. It is well documented that the SUE process conducted in adherence of ASCE 38-02 prevents cost overruns and many articles and reports are available supporting this assertion.

Given the overwhelming compilation of data since the inception of the SUE profession and implementation in early 2000, it is hard to fathom that the methodical approach is not universal…

Increasingly, SUE providers are delivering a 3D product as advancements in hardware and software are constantly improving. For example, the use of 3D GPR arrays is gaining traction and it is proven that these systems with their respective robust processing software provide the most accurate depth information relative to the complementary methods for SUE. These systems are becoming more affordable and easier to handle in the field and can now survey at posted highway speed limits for the first time. However, it is important to understand that for 3D SUE investigations now and into the future, the final product will always be the integration of all information obtained through the investigation and that includes QLD through QLA.

Recent studies indicate that using 3D SUE reduces the number of test holes substantially. In some cases, this was as high as 80% (Feasibility of Mapping and Marking Underground Utilities by State Transportation Departments FHWA-HRT-16-019, 2018). This is a direct result of having better preliminary spatial awareness of conflicts so that a more focused test hole program can be implemented.

Read the full article.

GEOGIGA SF Imager – Now Supports ImpulseRadar Data Format

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Geogiga SF Imager 9.0 — Optimum Offset Reflection / GPR Data Processing Software

SF IMAGER, from Geogiga Technology Corp., is mainly used to process optimum offset seismic reflection data. It provides filtering, random noise attenuation, and deconvolution to improve the S/N ratio. You can import or pick velocities, migrate the time section, and generate a depth profile.

SF IMAGER can also be used to process ground penetrating radar (GPR) data and now supports ImpulseRadar ‘.iprb’ and ‘.iprh’ data files.

ImpulseRadar Opens New North American Subsidiary Office

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ImpulseRadar USA Inc.

ImpulseRadar is pleased to announce the opening of ImpulseRadar USA Inc., a new wholly owned subsidiary office located in Charleston, South Carolina, USA. Consistent with the company’s international expansion strategy, this new office will strengthen the presence of ImpulseRadar in North America by providing its customer base with a single location for sales, service and support.

“In conjunction with the opening of this new site, I am also delighted to announce the appointment of Matthew J. Wolf, as President of ImpulseRadar USA Inc.,” says Tommy Leijon, owner and CEO of ImpulseRadar. “Matt has more than twenty years’ experience in the GPR industry and has been instrumental in advancing this technology within several market segments across the Americas. Matt is a great addition to our team, and having worked together previously, I know he will be successful in driving our growth in this region.”

Matt joins ImpulseRadar from GEL Solutions LLC, located in Charleston, South Carolina, where he was Chief Technology Officer and directly involved with the deployment and practical application of the ImpulseRadar Raptor solution for subsurface investigations. “I am truly excited to be joining one of the World’s fastest growing GPR technology companies and to be working with such a reputable and talented team”, comments Matt. “The ImpulseRadar product line, particularly Raptor, will mainstream the rapidly evolving 3D workflow for underground investigations globally, and I look forward to the challenge of helping make that happen.”