Drone Mounted GPR Surveys

This contractor mounted a Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) onto a drone to remove the constraint of having suitable ground conditions for a trolley mounted device as well as reducing the risk of a slip, trip or fall for the operatives.

This development allows a GPR survey to be undertaken without the need to set foot on the ground. The sensor is mounted to a drone and flies over the surface as opposed to being pushed along the ground in a trolley by operatives.

The initiative removes the constraint of poor ground conditions so that the survey could be undertaken in muddy, uneven or snowy ground. It also includes areas which may be sensitive to traffic such as potential contaminated land or area sowed with crops.

A significant safety benefit is that it reduces the need for the operative to be walking over potentially dangerous surfaces as well as an efficiency in the time taken.

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Monitor Report. Balfour Beatty. South East, June 2021


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