Ground Penetrating Radar Theory and Applications

ABSTRACT

The course provides a comprehensive introduction to Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) enabling a non-destructive diagnostic methodology widely used in various fields including civil engineering. The course covers fundamental electromagnetic principles underlying GPR, system components, data acquisition techniques and inversion approaches, until the interpretation of GPR data for subsurface characterization. Through a combination of theoretical lectures, hands-on and software exercises, students will gain a deep understanding of GPR technology and its applications. Case studies and real-world examples will be presented to illustrate the diverse range of GPR applications with a focus on civil engineering and to highlight its effectiveness in subsurface imaging.

 

COURSE CONTENT

Part 1: GPR PRINCIPLES AND TECHNOLOGY

  • Introduction to Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) technology
  • Electromagnetic principles underlying GPR
  • Applications of GPR in various fields (e.g., civil engineering, subsurface investigations, non-invasive monitoring of structures)
  • GPR system components and instrumentation
 

Part 2: GPR DATA INVERSION AND IMAGING

  • Data acquisition techniques with GPR
  • Inversion methodologies for GPR data
  • Visualization and interpretation of GPR data for subsurface characterization
  • Case studies and real-world applications of GPR
  • Limitations and challenges of GPR technology
  • Innovative methodologies for subsurface imaging applied to engineering contexts

 

TEACHING ACTIVITIES

  • Theoretical Lessons
  • e-Xam Self Assessment (each teaching class or periodically)
  • MATLAB Hands-On
  • e-Xam Final Assessment
 

FURTHER READINGS

  1. Persico, “Introduction to Ground Penetrating Radar: Inverse Scattering and Data Processing”, London, UK: Wiley-IEEE Press, 2014.
  2. J. Daniels, “Ground Penetrating Radar”, London, UK: The Institution of Electrical Engineers, 2004.
  3. A. Benedetto and L. Pajewski, “Civil Engineering Applications of Ground Penetrating Radar”, Springer International Publishing, 2015.