Disposable stepped-frequency GPR and soil measurement devices

Z. You*, James Cross, K. Y. Foo, P. R. Atkins, A. M. Thomas, G. Curioni, A. Islas-Cital

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Some geophysical and geotechnical scientists would wish to non-invasively measure the electromagnetic properties of soils using inexpensive, even disposable, technology. They may even wish to develop inexpensive and compact low-power GPR equipment for such uses as teaching and mitigation of construction risks during excavation. To this end, a heuristic comparison is made between a commercial Vector Network Analyser (VNA) and two very low cost VNAs sourced from the amateur radio community. The results are used to illustrate the potential for technology transfer from amateur communications to the GPR community, in order that a wider range of technologies be available for inexpensive implementation in GPR and soil spectroscopy studies. It will be shown that even very lowcost gain and phase detection semiconductor devices can be used to develop simple GPR and soil measurement systems capable of being used in the field to compliment GPR survey interpretation, as well as for standalone soil monitoring.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 13th Internarional Conference on Ground Penetrating Radar, GPR 2010
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Event13th Internarional Conference on Ground Penetrating Radar, GPR 2010 - Lecce, Italy
Duration: 21 Jun 201025 Jun 2010


Conference13th Internarional Conference on Ground Penetrating Radar, GPR 2010


  • Disposable GPR
  • GPR
  • Low-cost VNAs
  • Soil spectroscopy
  • Technology transfer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Communication


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