Underground facility damage is widely recognized as a prevalent issue in construction projects. Between 2016 and 2019, there was an average annual increase in the number of damage incidents to subsurface utilities in the United States, with a total of 470,000 occurrences. The need to safeguard underground infrastructure during construction has become essential due to substantial yearly occurrences of damage to infrastructure in the United States. Currently, in the United States, the methods, and regulations for preventing damage to infrastructure involve identifying underground facilities before any digging begins, or sometimes even during the planning stage. These practices can be achieved by using one-call systems. However, it is important to recognize that certain states have exceptions to one-call regulations, which may result in utilities not being identified prior to the commencement of construction excavation. Common exceptions often involve privately owned and unclaimed utilities, which require hiring a private locator service to ensure their proper location.

Ground Penetrating Radar Systems, LLC is the largest provider in the United States for detecting subsurface utilities, conducting video inspections of pipes, and scanning concrete structures. GPRS, an early pioneer of concrete scanning and utility locating in the U.S., focused on the effective use of ground penetrating radar (GPR). Accurate GPR data is crucial for meeting the needs of all GPRS customers. 

One frequently encountered issue among GPR users revolves around the potential capability of the radar to achieve the intended depth of penetration. The suitability of ground penetrating radar for a given area relies on the unique penetration characteristics of the soil in question. Moreover, it is important to note that soil suitability for GPR within the United States exhibits a range of distinctive characteristics and zones across all states. GPRS offers its services throughout all major markets within the United States and seeks to employ dependable ground penetrating radar equipment suited for diverse soil conditions.

In 2021, GPRS added the ImpulseRadar PinPointR ground penetrating radar scanner to its equipment arsenal to locate, map, and mark underground facilities, and ensure reliable data within scanned areas.  

PinPointR GPR is a highly recommended tool that provides a reliable and straightforward method to efficiently detect and map underground utilities. PinPointR incorporates two channels with ultra-wideband frequencies centered around 400 and 800 MHz.  It possesses the necessary features to adhere to the established industry standards.

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