How Does Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) Distinguish Between Rebar and Voids In Concrete? by Dan Bigman | Sep 8, 2016 | Civil Engineering, Concrete Scanning, Damage Prevention, Data Interpretation | 5 comments 5 Comments Davide on September 11, 2016 at 9:02 pm Dear Daniel my name is Davide, I watched one of your video on youtube and from there I discovered your website. I am not a beginner as I have been using GPR for work for few years and I have a little academic knowledge about it from uni. I am always looking for a better understanding and improvement of my knowledge and skills and I thank you for your initiative and the tips you provide. Just a quick note about your video on the difference between reinforcement and void GPR signature. I believe that talking simply about positive and negative signals could be a little bit confusing. The polarity of the reflected signal depends of course on the material dielectric contrast, but also on the polarity of the original GPR signal that is not mention in the video Not all the GPR antennas from different manufactures (probably even from the same manufacture) generate the same signal (in terms of polarity, first positive peak followed by a negative one for example), therefore I think that saying that reinforcement will show always a first positive whilst void a first negative is not necessarily correct. Also in my experience, using antennas that generate a pulse made of a first positive peak followed by a negative one, reinforcement shows a first negative reflection (polarity reversal). It is true that everything is possible, above all when many factors, that theory cannot take in account, are involved, and I am keen on expanding my knowledge about that so could you please show a radargram where reinforcement and void appear with the polarity you mention along with the direct wave for a comparison? thanks in advance Davide Reply dpbigman on September 12, 2016 at 12:35 pm Hi Davide, Thanks for the comment. I hear everything that you are saying. I will say that the video is geared towards beginners and from my experience, the signatures indicated in the video are what has been typical in my career. There is no doubt that each instrument produces unique pulses, but even when this is the case, manufacturers often refer to reversed polarity going from low K to higher K as artifacts of the instrument (sometimes even referring to those as halo effects). A student of mine even pointed out to me recently that one manufacturer even refers to this as an “imperfection” in the data in the manual. Even in those cases however, I have seen the signature mentioned emphasized, which I did state in the video. I’ll go ahead and put a data profile in future webinars or masterclasses that we produce so stay tuned! Thanks again for the comment, it is much appreciated! Dan Reply 賓果賓果號碼 on September 14, 2016 at 11:43 am magnificent issues altogether, you simply won a new reader. What could you suggest in regards to your publish that you just made some days in the past? Any sure? Reply dpbigman on September 15, 2016 at 1:21 pm Thanks so much for the comment and we appreciate you watching! You might want to check out http://learngpr.com/can-ground-penetrating-radar-detect-corroded-rebar/ Let me know if you have any other questions. Dan Reply Melhem on April 30, 2017 at 10:41 am hi Dan when reflection coefficient it is positive , the Upper surface of the target well be negative (black line), and the lower surface positive white line , and when reflection coefficient it is negative , the Upper surface of the target well be positive (white line ) and the lower negative black line. Dear Sir is this what you mean’t in your video ????? If yes you are absolutely right , because we need the true amplitude from lower and upper surface of the target , and as you know for geometrical spreading and attenuation etc etc …realy we need to know exactly where upper surface because sum time its difficult to find it. but my question : are you sure the positive RC give negative (black line) and the negative RC give positive (white line) .???? thank you and best regards geophysicist Dr N.K.Melhem Reply Submit a Comment Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.