Action TU1208

Civil Engineering Applications of Ground Penetrating Radar

COST Success Story

Next TU1208 Events


Training School "Future Radar Systems: Radar2020"

Karlsruhe, Germany

May 2-6, 2016

This course will be held in the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and will cover the state of the art and new trends on radar technologies. It is targeted to PhD students, researchers and professionals interested in radar-system engineering. Please be informed that this course can be attended by maximum 18 Trainees, to guarantee a high-quality training. The Action is offering 3 Grants of 650,00 EUR to Trainees willing to attend the school. For more information, please visit this page.



Recent TU1208 Events


GPR 2014: 15th International Conference on Ground Penetrating Radar, Square Brussels Meeting Centre, Belgium, June 30 - July 5, 2014

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.

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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 FP 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.


See a short summary of 2014 networking activities in TU1208!


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Open calls


COST Action TU1208 offers

Short Term Scientific Mission Grants (up to EUR 2500 each)


STSM grants are mainly for PhD Students and Early-Stage Researchers, to perform a short scientific stay abroad. Applications from inclusiveness Countries are strongly encouraged. The young researchers involved in the COST Action TU1208 are invited to exploit this special opportunity and submit their applications! Moreover, all TU1208 Members may propose STSMs to be carried out in their Institute. For more details, please visit this page.



TU1208 Special Issue

on GPR Data Processing

Elsevier Journal "Signal Processing"


The call is open for paper submissions to the Special Issue "Advanced GPR Signal-Processing Techniques," which will be published by the Elsevier Journal "Signal Processing" (


Leading Guest Editors for this Special Issue are: Dr Nikos Economou (Technical University of Crete, Greece) and Dr Francesco Benedetto (Roma Tre University, Italy), Leaders of TU1208 Project 3.4 "Development of Advanced GPR Data-Processing Algorithms".


The other Guest Editors composing the Editorial Board are: Dr Maksim Bano (Institut de Physique du Globe de Strasbourg, France), Prof Andreas Tzanis (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece), Dr Jonathan Nyquist (Temple University, USA), Dr Karl-Josef Sandmeier (Sandmeier Scientific Software, Germany), and Dr Nigel Cassidy (Keele University, UK).


The publication of the Special Issue is planned for September 2016.


For more information, download the flyer and the call for papers!

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

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. ù


COST Action TU1208 is promoting its activities & results in prestigious international conferences related to the Ground Penetrating Radar


  • 2013 European Geosciences Union General Assembly (EGU-GA), Vienna (AT), 7-12 April 2013
  • 2013 International Workshop on Ground Penetrating Radar (IWAGPR), Nantes (FR), 2-5 July 2013
  • 2013 European Microwave Week (EuMW), Nuremberg (DE), 6-11 October 2013
  • 2014 EGU-GA, Vienna (AT), 27 April-2 May 2014
  • 15th International Conference on Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR 2014), 30 June - 4 July 2014
  • 2014 EuMW, Rome (IT), 5-10 October 2014
  • 2015 EGU GA, Vienna (AT), 12-17 April 2015
  • 2015 EuMW, Paris (FR), 6-11 October 2015
  • 2015 Microwave Mediterranean Symposium (MMS), Lecce (IT), 30 November - 2 December 2015
  • 2016 European Conference on Antennas and Propagation (EuCAP), Davos (CH), 11-15 April 2016
  • 2016 EGU GA, Vienna (AT), 17-22 April 2016
  • 2016 EuMW, London (UK), 3-7 October 2016



TU1208 published a new 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 published a new 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!















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