Ground Penetrating Radar and Utilities Detection

Unmapped subsurface utilities (including pipes, electricity lines, fiber optics etc.) are the main reason behind losses on a global scale that exceeds 1.3 billion USD per year. These losses are the result of either infrastructure damages or of productivity loss and insurance costs. The need to map subsurface utilities is covered by the Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) method. GPR is an excellent tool to detect and map subsurface utilities.

GPR can save an underground utility contractor costly delays and mistakes, especially when work is done in an area where either old or unreliable information exists or no subsurface maps at all. With the urban redevelopment of central districts in the Middle East at an all-time high, this is becoming more important.

During this webinar, we will overview the basic theory of GPR and we will talk about survey planning, data collection, and processing. We will investigate different case studies, covering a wide range of applications from refineries to fiber optic detection. We will discuss the advantages and the limitations of the method, the new advancements in technology, and how GPR can be combined with other geophysical methods for the best possible result.

  • Speaker: Michael Arvanitis, Geophysical Survey Systems, Inc.
  • Regional Timings: 5:00 PM UAE | 4:00 PM KSA | 3:00 PM EGY

Speaker Bio

Michael Arvanitis

Michael Arvanitis holds a B.Sc. in Mathematics (University of Athens, Greece), a Ph.D in Geophysics (University of Patras, Greece), a postdoc in GPR (Ben Gurion University, Israel) and a Pg.D in Innovation Management (MIT, USA).

In the past, he has worked at several universities in the USA, Israel, and Greece, as full or part time academic personnel. Taking advantage of this experience, Michael has built successful start-ups in the USA, Israel, and Europe and he participated in three exits over the last fifteen years. He holds three international patents and is the author of more than thirty scientific papers.

Michael currently works as the EMEA manager for Geophysical Survey Systems Inc (GSSI, USA) and he also serves as an evaluator and member of several committees at the European Commission for Research and Development.