Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) is a safe, advanced, non-destructive and non-invasive imaging technique that can be effectively used for inspecting the subsurface as well as natural and man-made structures. During GPR surveys, a source is used to send high-frequency electromagnetic waves into the ground or structure under test; at the boundaries where the electromagnetic properties of media change, the electromagnetic waves may undergo transmission, reflection, refraction and diffraction; the radar sensors measure the amplitudes and travel times of signals returning to the surface.

This session aims at bringing together scientists, engineers, industrial delegates and end-users working in all GPR areas, ranging from fundamental electromagnetics to the numerous fields of applications. With this session, we wish to provide a supportive framework for (1) the delivery of critical updates on the ongoing research activities, (2) fruitful discussions and development of new ideas, (3) community-building through the identification of skill sets and collaboration opportunities, (4) vital exposure of early-career scientists to the GPR research community.

We have identified a series of topics of interest for this session, listed below.

1. Ground Penetrating Radar instrumentation
- Innovative GPR equipment
- Design, realization and optimization of GPR antennas
- Equipment testing and calibration procedures

2. Ground Penetrating Radar methodology
- Survey planning and data acquisition strategies
- Methods and tools for data analysis and interpretation
- Data processing algorithms, electromagnetic modelling, imaging and inversion techniques
- Studying the relationship between GPR sensed quantities and physical properties of inspected subsurface/structures useful for application needs
- Advanced data visualization methods to clearly and efficiently communicate the significance of GPR data

3. Ground Penetrating Radar applications and case studies
- Earth sciences
- Civil engineering
- Environmental engineering
- Archaeology and cultural heritage
- Management of water resources
- Humanitarian mine clearance
- Vital signs detection of trapped people in natural and man-made disasters
- Planetary exploration

4. Contributions on the combined use of Ground Penetrating Radar and other geoscience instrumentation, in all applications fields

5. Communication and education initiatives and methods

Additional information
This session is organized by Members of TU1208 GPR Association (www.gpradar.eu/tu1208); the association is a follow-up initiative of COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) Action TU1208 “Civil engineering applications of Ground Penetrating Radar”.

Co-organized as EMRP2.18/HS11.5/NH6.12/PS5.4/SSS12.16/TS11.10
Convener: Aleksandar Ristic | Co-conveners: Alessandro Fedeli, Lara Pajewski, Mercedes Solla, Milan Vrtunski
| Wed, 10 Apr, 08:30–12:30
Room 0.96
| Attendance Wed, 10 Apr, 14:00–15:45
Hall X1

Wednesday, 10 April 2019 | Room 0.96

Chairperson: Alessandro Fedeli & Lara Pajewski
Innovative imaging and data-processing techniques for GPR
08:30–08:45 |
Željko Bugarinović, Aleksandar Ristic, Lara Pajewski, Milan Vrtunski, and Miro Govedarica
08:45–09:00 |
| presentation
Irfan Akca, Çağlayan Balkaya, and Mehmet Ali Kaya
Advanced GPR applications in archaeology and civil engineering
09:00–09:15 |
Discovery of presumed presence of old city wall foundations in Tournai (Belgium) through urban near surface geophysics
Thierry Martin and Olivier Kaufmann
09:15–09:30 |
| Highlight
Milan Vrtunski, Aleksandar Ristic, Zeljko Bugarinovic, and Miro Govedarica
09:30–09:45 |
Anna Borkovcová, Vladislav Borecký, Salih Serkan Artagan, and Filip Ševčík
10:00–10:15 |
Sonny Kim
Coffee break
Chairperson: Aleksandar Ristic & Milan Vrtunski
Novel GPR instrumentation for planetary sciences
10:45–11:00 |
| Highlight
Mika Takala, Valentin Tertius Bickel, Patrick Bambach, Hans Martin Braun, and Sampsa Pursiainen
Advanced GPR applications in the earth sciences
11:00–11:15 |
Jean-Baptiste Got, Charles Bielders, and Sébastien Lambot
11:15–11:30 |
| presentation
Luis Rees-Hughes, Dr Adam Booth, Dr Natasha Barlow, Dr Jared West, Tim Grossey, and Dr George Tuckwell
11:45–12:00 |
Kateřina Zajícová and Tomáš Chuman
12:00–12:15 |
Yoon Hyung Lee and Seung-Sep Kim
12:15–12:30 |
James Cotterill, Matt Stringfellow, Tim Grossey, and Jess Slamaker