TechConnect Innovator Spotlight:

TechConnect World Innovation Conference
May 14 - 17, 2017, Washington DC

Low-cost Digital Ground Penetrating Radar, University of Vermont


Digital innovations in the control and signal processing of ground penetrating radars enable low-cost high performance scanning of underground infrastructure and through structure features. Pipes, beams and other hidden items are identified and mapped into digital information databases (BIM, GIS) for archiving, analysis and condition assessment.

Primary Application Area: Other

Technology Development Status: Prototype



Ground penetrating radar (GPR) indentifies and locates subsurface features by launching, recieving and processing high-frequency electromagnetic waves.  The waves can penetrate non-mettalic materials, such as the ground, concrete structures and many buidlings.  The technical innovation is set of digital implementations to GPR operations that both reduces the cost and increases the performance coupled with integration of the data into digital information systems . The result is a system that can rapidly scan the subsurface reaches of challenging environments, such as urban areas with highly congested infrastructure, and then integrate the information into open.platform digital information systems, i.e. Building Information Modeling (BIM), Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Smart City dashboards.



Value Proposition: This digital GPR has the capability of significantly increasing the performance of a GPR, while lowering the system cost. It also has the ability of agile compliance with FCC emission regulations. The integration with digital infrastructure modeling and smart city tools opens up the possibility for a much wider range of infrastructure and sensing applications.



National Innovation Awardee

Organization Type: Academic/Gov Lab



External Funding to Date: University of Vermont SPARK