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First International EuroGPR School
14 - 18 September 2014
Theoretical and practical fundaments for a correct GPR survey and data processing
Athens, Greece
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First International EuroGPR School

The First International EuroGPR School took place in Athens in September 2014.

Introduction

The twin technologies of Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) & Wall Probing Radar (WPR) enable the detection of buried material, either below ground or within built structures and are based on long standing scientific principles that are well understood at academic level. They are used throughout Europe on a daily basis for many diverse purposes including Civil Engineering & Construction; Traffic Management; Town Planning and the Maintenance of Utility infrastructures. In addition, other applications provide more societal benefit such as: assisting forensic investigations; aiding health & safety and the reduction of workplace injuries; supporting environmental improvements by replacing of intrusive works with non intrusive procedures; supporting heritage preservation through archaeological surveys; identifying water leakage from potable water distribution systems; the preservation of life through humanitarian/demining services and the search for new sources of water in drought areas. The technology is quickly becoming vital for efficient economic development and growth as well as the health & safety of Europe’s citizens.

The only vocational training available however is provided on an individual basis with regard to the use of specific equipment, by the manufacturers, or suppliers of that equipment, with the focus being the functional aspects of that specific equipment. Or with regard to the provision of specific services, by the service providers to their own staff, with focus being on the commercial deliverables. In each case the training is without recourse to common terminology, agreed physical principles or accepted parameters & technical limitations. The only recognised qualifications available are wholly academic ones, provided via the University system.

This has led to wide ranging variations in the knowledge, skill, and ability of individual operators in the application of the technology, particularly in respect of its use and limitation in diverse field of operation. With no access to relevant, commonly recognised assessment process, the industry is unable to offer appealing career paths and employment opportunities in line with todays accepted practices. Exacerbating this disparity even further are the copious guidance documents for general and specific uses, produced both here in Europe and abroad.

The European GPR Association works to propose a model of formation where theoretical awareness, experience in the field, best practices and even ethic behaviours (e.g. to avoid overpromises, over-inferring, over-interpretations and over-processing) have to come together under shared bases and under a common language.

 

First International EuroGPR School

The European GPR Association (EuroGPR) is an organisation which is looking to change the fractured approach to GPR training by engaging on a long term plan to provide its own European wide training program. It is a not for profit Eurocentric organisation; with no overriding ties to anyone country, state, education system, equipment manufacturers or academic institution. It therefore offers a neutral centre from which to set a viable European wide training standard towards which other interested parties may migrate without bias.

On this basis it is offering an opportunity to attend a 2 day programme, taking place during the Near Surface Geoscience conference during which they will provide an introduction to the rudiments of GPR.

In addition: All those attending the EuroGPR school will be given the opportunity to submit themselves for on-line assessment to obtain the new EuroGPR Core Skills certificate, at a discounted price, should they wish to do so.

The 2 day programme will comprise of two sessions per day. Day 1 will be based around GPR theory and Day 2 will focus on practical application. The programme will be aimed at those who are new to, or have limited experience of GPR. Participants can visit the technical programmes of the First Applied Shallow Marine Geophysics Conference and the 20th European Meeting of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics on the third day.

The lectures will be given by Dr. Alan Jones of PipeHawk Plc and by Dr. Raffaele Persico of the Institute for Archaeological and Monumental Heritage IBAM-CNR, both members of the Committee of the European GPR Association.