Certification and Training
The success of GPR scanning is entirely based on the skill of the operator. Our GPR specialists have been certified and fully trained through participating in courses offered by Sensors and Software in Mississauga Ontario, and through their online webinar learning. Origo Environmental is a member of the BC Common Ground Alliance that provides the development of consistent practices in connection with underground infrastructure. Our training is ongoing throughout the year to maintain skills and to ensure we are current with GPR technologies.
Utility locating – serious stuff
Underground utility locations are growing increasingly complex. In addition to metallic utilities and conduits, new generation of non-metallic utilities including fiber optic cables and PVC piping creates a more complex situation to track remotely. Information gathered from old maps and drawings should not be relied upon – many simply do not exist – or due to their inaccuracy pose serious HSE issues if accidentally dug up. It is essential that precise and reliable data are available to map out the presence, location and depth of these underground utilities features.
What is GPR?
Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) uses electromagnetic energy technology in the form of radar that bears no health and safety consequences to accurately identify and locate the position of underground utility services. This technology is non-destructive and provides real-time results allowing little downtime on the job-site.
The location and target depth can be estimated instantly, and services are clearly marked on the ground to enable safe location by either drilling or excavator.
What’s it used for?
GPR has widespread applications for locating the following utilities,
- Buried pipes (water, sewer, sanitary, gas)
- Cables conduits (telephone and data, fiber optic)
- Buried storage tanks, oil tanks, septic tanks.
- Landfill boundaries, water table depth, abandoned mine shafts.
- Changes in soil fill conditions, or salinity.