Corrosion Detection Through the Use of GPR

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Detecting corrosion is usually done through digging pilot holes or core drilling.  This is a tedious process which takes time and money.  Also, it can often cause more damage to the area of construction than is necessary.  Many companies are still hiring vacuum trucks to locate a line to inspect visually for corrosion.  These trucks use a blast of slurry and a giant vacuum to excavate an area.  Again, both costly and time consuming.

Many companies have started to move away from the pilot hole process by employing a company which uses ground penetrating radar to detect for corrosion.  This is both non-invasive to the project area and less costly.  Time is money and using the right tool (or process) for the job will save time!  While inspecting a line, a change in the GPR signal can be indicative of corrosion.  The right tool with the right operator can lead to an efficiency in time and a savings in dollars that can’t be beat.

Detecting corrosion is especially useful in gas and oil lines, where even the tiniest amount of corrosion can cause catastrophic damage.  Trace amounts of corrosion can lead to a leak in the line or pipe which can lead to a very dangerous situation.  It is extremely important to have a professional company, using an accurately calibrated ground penetrating radar, perform this type of work.  

The GPR technology has advanced to the point now where it can be used to gather vast amounts of data.  This data can be analyzed to provide a high level of detail to the client.  This type of detail is essential in providing a clear picture of what dangers lie below the surface.  Dangers, which, in the oil and gas industry, can cost someone their life.

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