I recently delivered a presentation at the Georgia Utility Coordinating Committee meeting where I discussed the benefits and limitations of ground penetrating radar as they relate to utility locating. As with most presentations, online courses, and live events I conduct, I discuss to some degree the importance of controlling what you can control on your project site.

GPR is difficult enough as it is! You shouldn’t make life harder on yourself if you can help it.

During the question and answer period one of the attendees told me about a project he had worked on where his crew went to a coastal site to locate a pipe. When they got there, it was high tide and the salt water was destroying their GPR signal strength and they couldn’t see very deep. Certainly couldn’t see the target.

While many of us might have left the site and called the project a loss and probably would have told our clients about the limits of GPR, this crew waited around. After a few hours went by and the tide had gone out they re-surveyed the area. During low tide, they were able to get deeper penetrating with the radar signal and were able to locate the pipe.

This is a great example of how being alert and being creative can take a project for potential failure to success.

While many in the community tell me that they learn from me, I want to make it clear…I LEARN PLENTY FROM YOU ALL TOO!!!

Comment below with a time that you were able to save a project by being creative and controlling what you could control.

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