ImpulseRadar Sweden AB
GPR is primarily used to obtain information about what lies beneath the earth’s surface and to non-destructively detect and map both natural geological features and buried man-made infrastructure. GPR is also routinely used to investigate other man-made infrastructure such as bridges, buildings, roads, runways, and more. Our Ground Penetrating Radar solutions are built on the latest Real-Time Sampling (RTS) technology platform. They are fast, offer exceptional bandwidth and dynamic range, and are modular to meet your specific needs. You will be able to maximize productivity through the rapid collection of high quality GPR data, and make the best use of your CapEx budget.
ImpulseRadar is focused on bringing the latest technology to market, packaged in robust and user-friendly ways. As industry professionals, our staff have been influential in bringing to market innovative GPR solutions that have often driven paradigm shifts in the application of this effective non-destructive technology.
ImpulseRadar is Triple-A (AAA) rated by Dun & Bradstreet, in recognition of our high creditworthiness and capacity for meeting payment liabilities.
- Founded in 2015, by a group of experienced GPR professionals
- Team: 27 employees
- Headquartered in Malå, Sweden
- Office in Charleston, SC, USA
- Office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- Office in Umeå, Sweden
Our GPR solutions are built on the latest Real-Time Sampling (RTS) technology platform; they are fast, offer exceptional bandwidth and dynamic range, and are modular to meet your specific needs.
You will be able to maximize productivity through the rapid collection of high quality GPR data, and make the best use of your CapEx budget.
Our desire to innovate has led to the creation and launch of an initial range of modern GPR solutions, bringing you industry leading performance with benefits that will drive your results.
Ultimately, we know that your success is our success, so we’re keen to engage with you to ensure our solutions satisfy the demands of your business.
We also recognise that many of the market segments we serve are changing to move away from standalone systems toward more integrated solutions. Consequently, we know that your needs, as our customer, are also changing. Therefore, in our efforts to satisfy those needs, we are willing and eager to work with suppliers of complimentary technology and/or software solutions.
Located in Charleston, SC, the team at ImpulseRadar USA manage our business interests across the Americas, where we have a growing presence, supported by an experienced network of distribution partners. We have a strategic partnership with Tracer Electronics who act as our Authorized Repair Center for all ImpulseRadar GPR products in North America. This association gives us a responsive, professional organization that shares our core values of providing the most advanced products in the industry with a customer-first focus.
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ROI of up to $21 per $1 invested
The use of GPR feeds important data into subsurface utility engineering processes to improve the reliability of subsurface information and geolocation accuracy of buried utilities. There is growing evidence that the use of SUE in infrastructure projects has a positive return on investment.
U.S. Department Of Transportation
ROI of $4.62 per $1.00 invested ‘Cost Savings on Highway Projects Utilizing Subsurface Utility Engineering’ (Purdue University, 1999)
Ontario Sewer and Watermain Contractors Association
ROI of $3.41 per $1.00 invested ‘Subsurface Utility Engineering in Ontario: Challenges and Opportunities’ (University of Toronto, 2005)
ROI of $21.00 per $1.00 invested ‘Subsurface Utility Engineering Manual’ (Pennsylvania State University, 2007)
University of Toronto
ROI of $2.05 to $6.59 per $1.00 invested ‘Evaluating the use of Subsurface Utility Engineering in Canada’ (University of Toronto, 2006)
The use of locating technologies such as GPR assist greatly in improving our understanding of what lies beneath the surface of the ground and other structure and increasingly shows quantifiable benefit in improving the positional accuracy of subsurface infrastructure.
Legislation & Standards
Many countries have deemed the use of GPR a mandatory requirement for such work, which is supported through the implementation of robust standards such as: AS 5488-2013 (Australia), S250 (Canada), NTE INEN 2873 (Ecuador), Malaysia Standard Guideline for Underground Utility Mapping, PAS 128 (UK) and ASCE 38-02 (US).
3D Data Capture
The requirement to survey over long distances or larger areas has led to advanced development of GPR systems that comprise multiple GPR antennas. These ‘GPR Arrays’ allow such areas to be surveyed more quickly by collecting several GPR profiles simultaneously and offer full 3D data capture. Routine applications now include utility mapping, archaeological investigations and artefact mapping, road surveys, bridge deck investigations and more.
Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE)
GPR is a well proven non-destructive geophysical method for the detection and mapping of subsurface infrastructure. Subsurface utility engineering (SUE) professionals routinely use GPR to collect important data concerning the presence and layout of buried utilities and other subsurface assets and infrastructure.
An RTS systems does not require the control unit that is central to the configuration of conventional systems. Consequently, there are less cables and inter-module communications, making systems more practical and field friendly.
Since an RTS system gathers data faster, this collection rate is used to lower the system noise floor, which effectively increases the signal penetration depth. To our knowledge, true 16-bit data has never been gathered with conventional GPR systems, whereas an RTS based system may easily exceed 20-bit.
While conventional systems can rarely be used at speeds higher than 50 km/h (without increasing the point distance), an RTS system may be used at virtually any speed. This equates to quicker surveys and more importantly for road surveys, without disruption to traffic flow.
Often expressed as effective number of bits, or in dB, where 16-bits equals 96dB. This parameter has a direct impact on the penetration depth and a higher number is better.
Nowadays, vehicles are commonly used to facilitate GPR surveys, even over rough terrain. It’s important that the speed of the GPR system matches the survey speed, otherwise the density of data must be reduced, which will compromise results.
Center frequency and bandwidth
These two parameters determine the resolution of the system, i.e. the information content of the gathered data. Higher numbers give more information, but at the expense of depth penetration.
Ease of use
Or user friendliness; not a line item you generally see since it does not directly impact results. However, over the years we’ve encountered many clients who complain about ruining a survey, due to complex settings that they’ve managed incorrectly. An RTS-based system is much more user-friendly and easier to train on and learn, so minimizes such risk.