Underground Construction - November 2019 - 25

Harnessing Better Data
to Embrace Defensive Digging
Latest GPR Innovations Provide Contractors Line of Defense Before Breaking Ground
Michael Bateman

Data is everywhere - even buried in
soil. It's no longer just a Silicon Valley
buzzword, but rather something
tangible that contractors working in
underground infrastructure installation
and maintenance can harness for safer and
more efficient operations.
Contractors often face the common
challenge of having to navigate unchecked
and unmapped infrastructure beneath
soil. This makes preparing for a new dig
especially time-consuming. Rather than
having data that could notify workers
to the presence of buried objects before
digging, there is often a very laborious
prepping process that requires locating
subsurface objects before breaking ground.
Without such data, the contracting team
gets lucky and breaks through undisturbed
soil, at best. At worst, the consequences
could be costly and dangerous.
However, now the underground
infrastructure industry can further
embrace the use of deliverable data
when preparing for new digs. Having a
deliverable in place that can serve as a
common reference point for all on the job
site will create a more efficient and safer
work environment for everyone involved.
Similar to the term "defensive driving,"
this concept of "defensive digging" is
where having full awareness of all buried
infrastructure on or near a job site can
exponentially reduce the risk of damage.
One technology, in particular, ground
penetrating radar (GPR), can best assist
underground construction contractors

Having a deliverable in place
that can serve as a common
reference point for all on
the job site will create a
more efficient and safer
work environment for
everyone involved.

in compiling such useful data. Thanks
to GPR's ability to penetrate all soil
conditions and detect all material
compositions of buried objects, there is no
shortage of data collection possibilities.
It should be noted that not all GPR
systems are created equally. To maximize
return on investment, the operator needs
to use a high-quality system that comes
with multi-frequency signal output, self-

calibrating antennas, and advanced data
processing and post-processing features.
Here are some ways that GPR can assist
contractors before conducting an installation or maintenance project.

Creating deliverable data
More than a locating tool, sophisticated
GPR systems double as data collection
platforms. As the operator moves the
antenna along the soil surface, multiple

GPR operator using a ground penetrating radar system with GPS receiver pole attached for use
on a construction site.

The GPR system operator analyzing raw GPR data displayed in three-perspectives collected using
a true, triple-frequency GPR system.
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