LIVE in Phoenix during Damage Prevention Week
February 28 - March 1, 2022
Registration is Open!
Engineering CEUs available for registered attendees
Interested in participating in the 2022 Global GPR Congress? Submit an abstract or request sponsorship information below.
The Global GPR Congress is a unique opportunity for GPR users worldwide
While topics related to GPR are frequently addressed at industry specific events, there has never been a place where all GPR users can go to learn from each other. Bringing users together from a variety of industries and applications gives participants a pathway for accelerated learning opportunities, and provides a forum for discussion on user-critical topics.
This global GPR event is focused on bringing together new and experienced users from both the academic and private sector. This will benefit the industry by providing a forum for open discussion and continuous learning through shared ideas and experience.
We invite subject matter experts on any of these applications or issues to submit an abstract for consideration for the Global GPR Congress or Global Excavation Safety Conference.Submit Abstract
2022 Featured Speakers
David P. Acosta
PS President, Construction Survey Technologies (CSTi)View Speaker Bio
Founder, Bigman Geophysical and LearnGPR.comView Speaker Bio
Founder, Groundradar Inc. and Geolitix Inc.View Speaker Bio
Joey Gallegos Sr.
Subsurface Invesitgator, Construction Survey Technologies (CSTi)View Speaker Bio
CEO, Construction Survey Technologies (CSTi)View Speaker Bio
TCInstCES – Geospatial Consultant (Subsurface), Murphy Geospatial
Member of the Board, GPR Consortium
Business Development Catalyst, PVM AssociatesView Speaker Bio
Director of Subsurface Utility Mapping/Subsurface Utility Modeling, DGT Associates – Boston, MassachusettsView Speaker Bio
Alejandra L. Vera
Manager of Infrastructure Auscultation, Rocher IngenieríaView Speaker Bio
2022 Featured Sessions
A Different Way of Understanding GPR Surveys, Extracting Information, and Presenting Information to Your Client
Session Presenter: Andy Kitson, Murphy Geospatial, GPR Consortium
GPR is used all over the world for scanning concrete to determine the positions of internal reinforcement and service. Typically, the results from this are plotted onto the slab directly (through onsite analysis) to provide the locations of bars and tendons. This is presented to the client as the survey outputs. Where the GPR data is extracted offsite (post-processed) it is typically taking small grids and the same information is extracted and plotted on to drawings.
While the above is good GPR offers more and can provide the client with large amounts of information on the nature of a building, how its built and where construction defects may be present. This talk will go into detail about how undertaking overview scans with a few, large, detailed grids can provide the end client with extensive information on structures. It will also cover how to amalgamate other methods, including small intrusive works, to further enhance the offering.
The data collected from site is post-processed and analysed, providing many advantages over onsite analysis (and a few disadvantages). The information is extracted and compiled into detailed reports explaining the construction of each element of the building and where any defects may be present. This report is designed to allow an engineer to undertake structural calculations of the structure for future works.
AI and GPR
Session Presenter: Paul Mukai, Business Development Catalyst, PVM Associates
What is AI, really. Where are AI techniques and technology currently being applied to GPR? What are some of the emerging AI-based products and services available to the GPR community? What does the GPR community need to know about AI? What lies ahead? We aim to inform the GPR community and disseminate relevant, timely, and actionable information.
By comparing to the business and use-cases in medical AI 3D imaging (human subsurface imaging) we can understand what may affect the adoption and use of AI techniques for GPR - 3D radio tomography (geologic subsurface imaging).
Bedrock Mapping Study with GPR and Geospatial Mapping Techniques
Session Presenters: John Gallegos, CSTI, David Acosta, CSTI and Joey Gallegos, CSTI
This present study will show the integration of GPR paired with Geospatial Mapping Techniques to creating a 3D surface and subsurface model of the findings. This acquisition method along with SUE Level A techniques provides an additional non-destructive method to expose the bedrock to align the sampled 3D profile data. While pairing these data sets, we will also show the impact of planning, costs, structure, and utility conflict analysis of this Design-Build Project. This award-winning Design-Build Project has since been completed and has gained recognition for these pre-design efforts and set a precedence on future projects.
GPR Technology in Support of Search and Rescue Operations of Victims in the Earthquake of September 19, 2017
Session Presenter: Alejandra Vera, Rocher Ingenieria SA
The advancement of technology and the versatility of GPR equipment allowed the use of two different antennas for the search and rescue of victims trapped in various buildings collapsed during the earthquake that occurred in Mexico on September 19, 2017. It was used as support for various USAR, Navy and Mexican Navy groups speeding up the operating times of these groups for the recovery of bodies and removal of debris.
Underground Damage Prevention. The Intersection Between Traditional Surveying and Modern Mapping Methods.
Session Presenters: Michael A. Twohig, DGT Associates and Daniel Bigman, Bigman Geophysical
During this presentation, Michael A. Twohig, a Subject Matter Expert in the field of Subsurface Utility Mapping (SUM), and Daniel Bigman, PHD, will discuss a recent major utility project that demonstrates the importance that multi-sensor mobile mapping platforms had in contributing to the project's success. Uncovering what lies below ground, especially in the congested streets of Boston, is challenging but with the use of modern technology, traditional methods and records, industry professionals can gather an in-depth analysis of 3D data while creating a safer work environment and moving the industry forward.
2022 Schedule of Events
(All times are MST).
Monday, February 28
8:00 am - 8:30 am Welcome
8:30 am - 9:30 am Bedrock Mapping Study with GPR and Geospatial Mapping Techniques
- John Gallegos, David Acosta, Joey Gallegos
9:30 am - 10:30 am Underground Damage Prevention. The Intersection Between Traditional Surveying & Modern Mapping Methods - Michael Twohig, Daniel Bigman
10:30 am - 11:00 am Break (refreshments)
11:00 am - 12:00 pm GPR Technology in Support of Search & Rescue Operations of Victims in the Earthquake of 9/19/2017
- Alejandra Vera
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm AI and GPR
- Paul Mukai
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm A Different Way of Understanding GPR Surveys, Extracting Information, and Presenting Information to Your Client
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Break (refreshments)
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm 50-Minute Session
Tuesday, March 1
8:00 am - 9:00 am GPR Consortium Annual Meeting
9:00 am - 9:30 am Break (refreshments)
9:30 am - 11:00 am Panel Discussion: Global Standards and Expectations for Utility Locating
11:00 am - 12:30 pm Panel Discussion: Overselling GPR: Specsmanship & Other Unmentionables
Moderator: Jan Francke, GPR Consortium
12:30 pm - 1:00 pm Closing Remarks
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm Global Excavation Safety Conference Welcome Reception
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