Police regularly use GPR to uncover buried caches of drugs, money, weapons, as well as locate clandestine graves. GPR’s capability to detect both metallic and non-metallic buried objects has lead to an ever widening use in forensics. While GPR does not deliver the fantasy results portrayed on some TV shows, GPR can provide powerful insight to forensics specialists needing to conduct detailed subsurface site investigations.
Security, emergency measures and military uses of GPR abound. GPR’s unique sensitivity to non-metallic structures embedded in soils, rocks and building materials results in GPR seeing use in diverse applications such as search and rescue, tunnel location, intrusion detection, UXO, landmine and buried IED detection.
Military uses of GPR focus primarily on the location and detection of buried explosive devices. For area clearing, GPR is used on ranges and old sites to identify unexploded ordnance (UXO). More recent live campaign applications involve the real-time location and identification of buried improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and buried fusing mechanisms.
Security uses of GPR are wide ranging. A common application is the location of embedded wires and cables in structures. Location of buried bunkers, tunnels and buried caches are areas of growing interest. The ability to sense human motion through walls and underground sees GPR being used for intrusion detection.
GPR has the ability to sense victims movements and breathing. Emergency response teams are now seeing the benefits of using GPR to detect living victims buried in damaged buildings, landslide, and avalanche debris. Immediate on-site victim locating can be done with Rescue Radar using specialized time-lapse data recording.