GPR Imaging on Historical Buildings and Structures

  • Dean Goodman
  • Salvatore Piro
Part of the Geotechnologies and the Environment book series (GEOTECH, volume 9)


GPR technology is capable of providing information on fractures, previous reconstructions, material integrity and a variety of the characteristics of building materials. For this reason GPR has found a multitude of applications in studying the integrity of historical buildings(Barone et al. 2010; Cosentino et al. 2011; Kadioglu et al. 2010; Perez-Gracia et al. 2009; Sambuelli et al. 2011). GPR surveying can effectively identify critical structural supports such as rebar and tension ties in walls that help to constrain the horizontal load forces (Bartroli et al. 2011; Ranalli et al. 2004). After earthquakes or landslides the changes and hidden damage to structures can be detected using radar (Orlando 2007). In the case when GPR is used to monitor a building, recordings at time 1 and time 2 can be differenced to indicate only those areas which have undergone changes since the last survey. GPR imaging for evaluating building safety are common enough in 2012 that most geotechnical companies advertise this service on their websites.


Historical Building World Heritage Site Instantaneous Amplitude Visible Arch Metallic Beam 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dean Goodman
    • 1
  • Salvatore Piro
    • 2
  1. 1.Geophysical ArchaeometryLaboratory Inc.Woodland HillsUSA
  2. 2.Institute of Technologies, Applied to Cultural HeritageNational Research CouncilRomeItaly

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