Action TU1208

Civil Engineering Applications of Ground Penetrating Radar

COST Success Story

Next TU1208 Events


Training School on Science Management, Split, Croatia, 18-20 September 2017

This course was held in the Faculty of Civil Engineering of Osijek (Croatia), on March 6-9, 2017. Trainees from all over the world could attend the school for free! To register, please send an email to school@gpradar.eu. The Action is offering up to 10 x 400,00 EUR Grants to Trainees willing to attend the school. For more information and the class scheduling, please visit this page.



GPR Roadshow

in Pardubice, Czech Republic


The successful GPR Roadshow is a series of national events where stakeholders, private companies, professionals, students and interested citizens can find out what is Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR), discover how this technique can be used for seeing the unseen, and learn about the applications of GPR in in civil engineering and beyond. So far, we organised national dissemination days in Lisbon (Portugal), Rome (Italy), Athens (Greece), Osijek (Croatia) and Novi Sad (Serbia). Overall, 381 participants attended our GPR Roadshow.

On 25 May 2017 the Roadshow will arrive in Pardubice (Czech Republic). For more information about the Roadshow, please visit this page.



Past TU1208 Events


Among the numerous events organised by our Action, we wish to mention GPR 2014, the 15th edition of the International Conference on Ground Penetrating Radar

The International Conference on Ground Penetrating Radar is a longstanding traditional event, making the premier forum of research and applications in the field of GPR.

GPR 2014, the 15th conference in the series that has been held biannually since 1986, was held in the Square Brussels Meeting Centre, in Brussels, Belgium. This successful event was co-organised by the COST Action TU1208, along with the Université Catholique de Louvain. It brought together more than 300 high-standard scientists, engineers, industrial delegates and end-users working in all GPR areas, ranging from fundamental electromagnetics to the so various fields of application. Topics covered by the 210 presented papers included: novel developments of GPR systems and antennas, advanced data processing algorithms for improved subsurface imaging, radar data modeling approaches and inversion strategies for quantitative reconstruction of soil and material properties, data interpretation in a range of fields, including geology and sedimentology, glaciology, environmental and agricultural engeneering (e.g., hydrological monitoring, digital soil mapping, forestry), civil engineering (e.g., utility detection, monitoring of transport infrastructures, nondestructive testing), archaeology and cultural heritage, and planetary exploration, among others.

The conference proceedings are published on IEEE Xplore. A Special Issue is going to be published on the IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing (IEEE JSTARS).

More information about GPR 2014 can be found on the conference website.



TU1208 Special Issue on "Recent Progress in Electromagnetic Theory and its Applications"


Journal of Telecommunications and Information Technology

The deadline for paper submission is 15 June 2017. The journal is indexed on SCOPUS, INSPEC and Copernicus (and on many more databases). The Special Issue is going to be published by September 2017 and all accepted papers will be available in open access on the website of the journal. The Guest Editors are: Prof. Hovik Baghdasaryan, Prof. Marian Marciniak and Prof. Lara Pajewski. Download the manuscript template on the website of the journal and submit your manuscript via email to: hovik@seua.am, m.marciniak@itl.waw.pl, lara.pajewski@uniroma1.it.



TU1208 Special Issue on "Civil engineering applications of Ground Penetrating Radar"


International Journal for Engineering Modelling

The deadline for paper submission is 15 June 2017. You can download the call for paper here. The journal is indexed on SCOPUS and INSPEC (and on many more databases). The Special Issue is going to be published in September 2017 and all accepted papers will be available in open access on the website of the journal. The Guest Editors are: Prof. Antonios Giannopoulos, Prof. Dragan Poljak and Prof. Lara Pajewski. Submit your (double-spaced one-column) manuscript via email to: a.giannopoulos@ed.ac.uk dpoljak@fesb.hr, lara.pajewski@uniroma1.it.


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There are several ways to be involved in a COST Action. For general information on how to participate, please refer to the relevant page on the COST website.

By joining the COST Action TU1208, you will have the possibility to participate to the networking activities and scientific projects carried out within the Action. You will meet several scientists working on GPR, establish new cooperations and have the possibility to build the critical mass for follow up activities in the EU Framework Programme Horizon2020 or other competitive international programmes.

The COST Action TU1208 is active through a range of networking tools: meetings, workshops, conferences, training schools, short-term scientific missions, dissemination activities. The Action is a wide bottom-up interdiscilipnary science and technology network, open to researchers from universities, public and private research institutions, as well as to NGOs, industry and SMEs.

For further information or to join TU1208 scientific activities, please take contact with the Action Chair, Dr. Lara Pajewski.




TU1208 has been recognised among the running Actions as a COST Success Story and it has been praised with the following statement: TU1208 "Civil engineering applications of Ground Penetrating Radar" (Chair: Lara Pajewski, Roma Tre University, IT) - This interdisciplinary Action represents a milestone in GPR research, being the first European network ever existed in this field, in line with the spirit and goals of the ERA. In June 2014, it co-organised the 15th International Conference on Ground Penetrating Radar, the premier forum on GPR" ("The Cities of Tomorrow: The Challenges of Horizon 2020," September 17-19, 2014, Torino, IT - A COST strategic workshop on the development and needs of the European cities). For more information, please visit this page.



TU1208 published the Springer book "Civil Engineering Applications of Ground Penetrating Radar"


The book describes the most up-to-date applications of GPR in civil engineering, with documentation of instrumentation, methods and results. It explains clearly how GPR can be employed for the surveying of critical transport infrastructure, such as roads, pavements, bridges and tunnels, and for the sensing and mapping of underground utilities and voids. Detailled attention is also devoted to the use of GPR in the inspection of geological structures and construction materials, including reinforced concrete, steel reinforcing bars and pre/post-tensioned stressing ducts. Information on the design of GPR systems and antennas is provided. Advanced methods for solution of electromagnetic scattering problems and new data processing techniques are also presented. Readers will come to appreciate that GPR is a safe, effective, non destructive and noninvasive imaging technique that can be effectively used for the inspection of composite structures and the performance of diagnostics relevant to the entire life cycle of civil engineering works. For more information visit this page!



TU1208 Praised as a COST Success Story ("The Cities of Tomorrow: the Challenges of Horizon 2020")

TU1208 published the EAGE book "Recommendations for the Safety of People and Instruments in Ground-Penetrating Radar and Near-Surface Geophysical Prospecting"!


The book offers an in-depth overview on the risks associated to Ground-Penetrating Radar and Near-Surface Geophysical Prospecting, providing the Reader with practical recommendations for the safety of people and instruments. Among the main topics dealt with in the book, the Reader will find:

- general recommendations for a safe prospecting and minimal safety equipment to be brought in the field;

- specific advice for experimental campaigns carried out in challenging environmental situations;

- appropriate precautions related to specific kinds of GPR applications;

- dangers associated to electromagnetic emissions and European regulations for GPR manufacturers and end-users.

The book includes a short medical first aid guide as well, which is specifically conceived for near-surface geophysical prospecting. Suggestions for correct use and safe transport of the equipment are finally provided. For more information visit this page!

For information concerning the COST Action TU1208, please take contact with the Chair of the Action, Dr. Lara Pajewski - This website is supported by COST, European COoperation in Science and Technology - COST is supported by the EU RTD Framework Programme Horizon2020