Design of Advanced GPR Equipment for Civil Engineering Applications

  • Guido ManacordaEmail author
  • Raffaele Persico
  • Howard F. Scott
Part of the Springer Transactions in Civil and Environmental Engineering book series (STICEE)


This chapter describes the issues to be addressed in the design of Ground Penetrating Radar equipment dedicated to civil engineering applications. Radar is well known for its ability to detect aircraft, ships, vehicles, birds, rainstorms and other above-ground objects. It relies for its operation on the transmission of electro-magnetic energy, usually in the form of a pulse, and the detection of the small amount of energy that is reflected from the target. The round-trip transit time of the pulse and its reflection provide range information on the target. The application of radar in the detection of buried objects is quite old; there are details of such work dating back to 1910, with the first pulsed experiments reported in 1926 when the depths of rock strata were determined by time-of-flight methods. The design of effective Ground Penetrating Radars requires solutions to technical challenges in three major areas:
  • Radio Frequency system design.

  • Antenna design.

  • Data analysis.

Hence, this chapter reviews the commonly available GPR system architectures and summarises main design challenges to build an effective tool.


Singular Value Decomposition Ground Penetrating Radar Bridge Deck Time Domain Signal Ultra Wide Band 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Guido Manacorda
    • 1
    Email author
  • Raffaele Persico
    • 2
  • Howard F. Scott
    • 3
  1. 1.Georadar DivisionIDS Ingegneria Dei Sistemi S.p.A.PisaItaly
  2. 2.Institute for Archaeological and Monumental Heritage IBAM-CNR via MonteroniCampus UniversitarioLecceItaly
  3. 3.OSYS Technology Ltd.Newcastle upon TyneUK

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