Guidelines for the use of GPR equipment

EuroGPR is committed to the adoption of best practices for the use of GPR technology in all applications. At present there are no recognized International Standards but a number of guidances and recommendations are used in different countries and across different GPR applications. EuroGPR provides some facts sheets for guidance in GPR surveys on different applications. For completeness , this page includes also references originated by other entities. EuroGPR takes no responsibility for their content nor endorses them but simply acknowledge their existence.

Members EuroGPR and visitors of this website are encouraged to report to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.should they feel a relevant document should be added to the following list.

Guidelines for utilities

Utilities detection is certainly the biggest commercial application for GPR. EuroGPR statement below is the official recommendation of the association. Guidelines to the use of GPR, usually embedded into more general guidelines from utilities mapping, are listed below in an attempt to give members the widest possible picture; however. EuroGPR does not endorse such guidelines.

  • EuroGPR policy statement on utilities detection and mapping.
  • Association pour la qualité en Géophysique Appliquée non Pétrolière (AGAP), Guide d'adéquation des méthodes et techniques géophysiques aux applications concernant le sol et le sous-sol (guideline for the update of geophysical methods and techniques for soil and sub-soil applications), 1992.
  • American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM), Standard Guide for Using the Surface Ground Penetrating Radar Method for Subsurface Investigation, ASTM D 6432-99, 1999
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Standard Guideline for the Collection and Depiction of Subsurface Utility Data, CI/ASCE 38-02, 2002
  • Comitato Elettotecnico Italiano (CEI) Norma per l’impiego del radar per introspezione del suolo per prospezioni preliminari ad opere di posa di servizi ed infrastrutture sotterranee (Regulations for performing preliminary surveys with ground probing radar before laying underground utilities and infrastructures), CEI 306-08, 2004
  • Fondazione Politecnico di Milano, Sistemi geognostici per la mappatura dei sottoservizi (Mapping subsurface utility networks using geognostic investigations)
  • The Survey Association Guidance Note, “Utilities Surveys, detailed guidance notes for specifying a utility survey”, Issue 1, November 2009. Available in low and high resolution from TSA website at http://www.tsa-uk.org.uk/guidance.php

Guidelines for archaeology

As a rapidly growing sector, the archaeological industry has come to consider GPR as a standard extension of the more established geophysical techniques, rather than a novel addition. The wide range of targets, and thus scope of responses which may need to be identified, means that survey strategies will vary greatly from one project design to another. However, for any given situation, the basic considerations and controlling physical limitations that are key to defining the "best" approach will typically remain the same. In a similar way to utility mapping, the current guidelines tend to be part of documents with a far wider scope, the primary examples of which have been listed below. Again, inclusion on this list does not necessarily imply EuroGPR endorsement of the document.

Guidelines for pavements

This document aims to provide guidance to EuroGPR association members to ensure they undertake GPR surveys on pavements in a safe and responsible manner.  It is not meant to provide a specification of how every variation of pavement GPR survey should be performed.  EuroGPR members are required to conform to any local or national specification for these surveys that may be already in place.

Guidelines for crime scene investigation

EuroGPR worked with the UK Government's Forensic Science Regulator (FSR) to ensure that Association Members are fully aware of the current developments of Quality Standards in scene of crime investigations and that these same standards are appropriate for our technology and methodology, based on Members' experience. This has led to the document here below.

Guidelines for other applications

Hints and tips for international GPR shipping