RD1500 Utility Ground Penetrating Radar
RD1500™ Ground Penetrating Radar is Radiodetection's flagship GPR for utility locating.
The RD1500 provides all the great features of the RD1100 and also offers Depth Slices as well as Line Views. These allow the user to review slices of the subsurface at different depths, displaying cables, pipes and other utilities in unprecedented clarity.
The RD1500 is designed to find buried pipes and cables. Features include internal GPS, on-board Wi-Fi, a high resolution touch screen as well as the proprietary FrequenSee™ technology which selectively enhances small/shallow, medium size/depth, or large/deep targets, or even all at once, for easier viewing and detection.
Mini reports can be generated and delivered directly from the survey site by connecting to a Wi-Fi network or by using a cell phone as a hotspot. Data can also be exported to a USB memory stick.
Options for the RD1500 include:
- an external GPS, for higher positional accuracy
- the Enhancement package, which enables the user to slice through the exported depth data, export data to other formats and more, and
- for even more analysis, the Utility Suite software option offers features such as processing and displaying grid data in alternative ways, and the ability to output data to 3D visualization software such as Voxler®
Ground Penetrating Radar can detect ceramic and plastic pipes and ducts which would otherwise require tracer wire to detect using an electromagnetic locator.
By recording Grid Scans, users can view not only Line Views but also Depth Slices, greatly increasing the clarity of the collected data.
FrequenSee™ selectively enhances small/shallow, medium size/depth, or large/deep targets, or even all, for easier viewing and detection. The proprietary FrequenSee™ technology exploits the wide bandwidth of the RD1500 antenna, and allows the user to select the low, medium or high part of the frequency spectrum to focus on the desired features. Systems incorporating FrequenSee are typically lighter and less bulky that competing multi-antenna alternatives.
The RD1500 includes internal GPS as standard, enabling the unique Map View feature that allows the user to view the path travelled by the system, together with any on-screen markers made. Users looking for higher accuracy positioning data can opt for the RD1500’s external GPS, which also enables the generation of KMZ files. These files can be opened in Google™ Earth™, giving all the geographic position of where saved surveys were performed and the ability to view the screenshots that were taken.
The Enhancement option for the RD1500, which includes the EKKO_Project software suite aids in the storage, export, interpretation and presentation of the collected data by enabling the user to: organise data into projects for increased storage on the RD1500; slice through the exported depth data; generate PDF reports that include data images, screenshots and photos alongside text and your company logo and export data to other formats like CSV and SEG-Y.
EKKO_Project, included within the RD1500 Enhancement option, and Utility Suite are both available for the RD1500. See “Software” for more details.
Mini projects, containing screenshots and a table with information about the collected data, can be emailed immediately to clients or colleagues using the on-board Wi-Fi, either via a nearby wireless network or the user’s smart phone in hotspot mode. Screenshot images, and data for Enhancement system users, can also be exported to a USB drive for transfer to a computer or archive system.
The high resolution Display Unit features touch screen operation, providing the user with the ability to draw arrows on the screen to highlight features of interest. Soil calibrations are simply done by dragging a Soil Cal Hyperbola to lie over a real hyperbola from the ground and matching the shape.
Light-weight, rugged and weatherproof (IP65) system designed for use across challenging terrain. Optional larger wheels can be fitted to ease use across particularly soft or rough ground. The RD1500 can be assembled on-site in less than two minutes, and can be dismantled without requiring tools, allowing compact storage and safe transportation. Soft and hard cases are available for transportation of the display unit; alternatively an optional flight case can be used to protect the entire system.
Included within the RD1500 Enhancement option, EKKO_Project enables the user to:
Organise data into projects for increased storage on the RD1500; slice through the exported depth data for increased clarity; generate PDF reports that include data images, screenshots and photos alongside the user’s text and company logo; and export data to other formats like CSV and SEG-Y
For RD1500 Enhancement users, the Utility Suite software option offers an even more advanced analysis solution by providing three additional modules:
LineView module, which can modify the view settings to optimize the image and show data corrected for elevation; SliceView module for processing and displaying grid data as GPR lines and depth slices, and can output data into a 3D format for 3D visualization software such as Voxler® and; Interpretation module, which helps extract useful information from GPR data into other formats, such as CAD.