Using airborne GPR to detect defects on critical infrastructure after natural disasters hit


Centre of Excellence in Risk and Decision Sciences is happy to announce that the paper of our Senior Research Fellow Dr. Michael Arvanitis and our Director Prof. George Boustras has been accepted to the 2022 Summit on Drone Geophysics of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists!

The integration of Ground Penetrating Radars (GPR) and UAVs or drones is gaining popularity among researchers and engineers, who are looking to exploit the benefits of GPR on the large scale. Most of the projects cover the area of engineering and environmental geophysics, while natural hazards and their effects on critical infrastructure, like roads, bridges, dams, high rise buildings, remains mostly untouched.

In this paper, Dr. Arvanitis and Prof. Boustras test a drone GPR system as a quick evaluation tool for critical infrastructure, after natural disasters. Their methodology can be applied globally to countries that face significant risk of natural disasters and want to evaluate with accuracy the state of their critical infrastructure after an event.

More on 25 to 28 October 2022, during the SEG’s Summit on Drone Geophysics!