SAM Deploys the Next Generation 3D-Ground Penetrating Radar

February 16, 2022

We are excited to announce that SAM’s Utility Engineering group has made a significant investment in the newest Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) equipment. The ImpulseRadar Raptor GPR system is a state-of-the-art, high-speed, 3D-GPR Array for high-fidelity subsurface mapping and visualization.

Using the latest Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) technology, the ImpulseRadar Raptor 3-D GPR maps areas with survey-quality accuracy. With this GPR system, we can capture high-quality data at speeds up to 60 mph, allowing highway data collection without the added cost of flagging, road closures, and other safety equipment typically required. The system can be attached to one of SAM’s All-Terrain Vehicles allowing our teams to map off-road areas. Small areas accessible only by foot can be safely and easily mapped by transitioning to a pushcart platform. As well as being convenient, integrating pushcart and tow platforms into a single system can lead to a significant cost-saving for clients.

Highly developed processing software provides novel imagery that is easily imported into AutoCAD or MicroStation files for strong deliverables offering a complete view. We plan to integrate the data into our proprietary application, SAM VantageTM in the near future.

Rather than collecting discrete small-scale data sets, this mobile mapping GPR system collects data over a large area, providing images covering entire highway or plant projects. This coverage allows the user to see entire utility sets in a 3-D format, minimizing the need for interpretation. Once that data is pulled into SAM VantageTM, we will be able to integrate this data into a 3-D augmented reality map.

Visit our advanced technology webpage to learn more about how our state-of-the-art technology can solve your most challenging utility locating needs.