Action TU1208

Civil Engineering Applications of Ground Penetrating Radar

COST Success Story

Final Conference of the COST Action TU1208

Warsaw, Poland: 25th - 27th September 2017

The Final Conference of the COST Action TU1208 "Civil engineering applications of Ground Penetrating Radar" was a successful and unforgettable event. It was hosted by the National Institute of Telecommunications of Poland (Instytut Łączności), ul. Szachowa 1, 04-894, Warszaw, Poland.

 

General Chairs of the event were Prof. Marian Marciniak (TU1208 MC Member and Short-Term Scientific Mission Manager) and Prof. Lara Pajewski (TU1208 Chair).

In a warm and friendly atmosphere, the Members of the COST Action TU1208 presented and widely discussed the results of the research activities carried out during the past five years (since the approval of the Action in November 2012) and celebrated everything they have achieved together. Each day of the conference was concluded with a session dedicated to organizing follow-up activities and to designing the future of the TU1208 scientific network.

 

We were honoured to have Ms. Jadwiga Mrozowska with us on Monday, from the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of Poland. She is the COST National Coordinator for Poland. Ms. Mrozowska introduced the COST programme and gave information about the participation of Poland in COST Actions.

 

The conference programme included two invited lectures.

On Monday, Prof. Cristina Pronello talked about Intelligent Transport Systems and provided a very interesting overview on the research activities, recent advancements and trends in this area. Prof. Pronello is a Full Professor at Sorbonne Universités, France; she is the President of the Mobility Agency of the Piemonte Region, Italy. In 2006, she was appointed by the Italian Ministry of University and Research as National delegate of the COST Domain Committee "Transport and Urban Development" (TUD) and from May 2006 to September 2014 she was the TUD Chair.

On Wednesday, Dr Thierry Goger joined us in Warsaw and gave an inspiring talk on the future of transport infrastructure. Since January 2014, Dr Goger is the Secretary General of FEHRL, the Forum of European National Highway Research Laboratories. He was a very active Member of the COST Actions 350 "Integrated assessment of environmental impact of traffic and transport infrastructure" and 356 "Towards the definition of a measurable environmentally sustainable transport" before integrating the COST Office in January 2007 as TUD Science Officer. He was the Science Officer of our Action until December 2013.

It was a great honour and a special pleasure having the contribution of Cristina and Thierry in the final event of our COST Action. Their outstanding talks opened fascinating perspectives on adjacent areas of research and elicited new ideas for future developments in the GPR field.

 

 

Check out the scientific programme below, to discover more concerning our Final Conference! By going through the programme, you will get a general idea about the achievements of the COST Action TU1208 and find information concerning the upcoming initiatives of our network! We are uploading on this webpage the presentations and posters - so far, presentations of Day 1 are available for download.

 

 

 

Scientific Programme

 

Day 1 - Monday 25 September 2017

Time

Speaker(s)

Activity

08:00-09:00

 

 

Registration

09:00-09:20

Jerzy Żurek (National Institute of Telecommunications of Poland; Director), Marian Marciniak (National Institute of Telecommunications of Poland; TU1208 MC Member and STSM Manager)

 

Welcome to Participants.

 

Introduction to the event and to the National Institute of Telecommunications of Poland.

 

09:20-09:40

Jadwiga Mrozowska (COST National Coordinator for Poland)

 

What is COST? What is the added value and impact of participating in a COST Action?

 

The participation of Poland in the COST programme.

 

- Download the presentation

 

 

09:40-10:00

 

Cristina Pronello (Université Technologique de Compiègne, UTC – Sorbonne Universités, France; Full Professor)

 

 

Invited Talk:

Intelligent Transport Systems - Research, innovation and trends

 

- Download the presentation

- Watch OPTICITIES video:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10:00-10:30

 

Lara Pajewski (Sapienza University of Rome, Italy; Chair of the COST Action TU1208)

 

 

Final report of the COST Action TU1208 "Civil engineering applications of Ground Penetrating Radar"

 

- Download the presentation

 

10:30-11:00

Mercedes Solla Carracelas (University of Vigo, Spain; TU1208 MC S Member) et (many!) al.

 

Special Talk:

 

Ground Penetrating Radar for archaeological investigations and cultural-heritage diagnostics:

Overview on the research activities carried out in the COST Action TU1208

 

Although the Action is mainly focused on the civil-engineering applications of GPR, we have also been working extensively on the use of GPR for cultural-heritage diagnostics. In view of the European Year of Cultural Heritage in 2018, this contribution aims to offer an overview on the most interesting activities fulfilled by TU1208 Members in this area, including the inspection of archaeological sites and landscapes, as well as the assessment of other structures of high historical value realised in different ages, ranging from the 13th century BC to the modernist period and including tombs, monuments, cathedrals, buildings, bridges and statues.

 

- Download the presentation

 

 

11:00-11:30

 

 

Morning tea & coffee break

11:30-11:50

 

Marian Marciniak (National Institute of Telecommunications of Poland, Poland; TU1208 MC Member and STSM Manager)

 

 

Overview on the Short-Term Scientific Missions carried out in TU1208

 

- Download the presentation

 

 

11:50-12:20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12:20-12:40

 

 

 

 

 

 

Simone Meschino (Airbus D&S, Germany; TU1208 WG Member);

Lara Pajewski

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aleksandar Ristic, Miro Govedarica (Faculty of Technical Sciences of Novi Sad, Serbia; TU1208 MC Members), Milan Vrtunski, Zeljko Bugarinovic (Faculty of Technical Sciences of Novi Sad, Serbia; TU1208 WG Members);

Xavier Derobert (IFSTTAR, Nantes, France; TU1208 MC Member);

Lara Pajewski; Simone Meschino

 

 

An outstanding example of STSM:

SPOT-GPR: a freeware tool for target detection and localization in GPR data

 

This work was carried out during 3 STSMs hosted in Italy. It demonstrates the effectiveness of the STSM networking tool and it constitutes an excellent example of successful cooperation between academia (an Italian University) and industry (a German company) in the framework of TU1208.

 

- Download the presentation

 

 

Development of a new algorithm for automated point extraction from hyperbolic reflections in GPR data and comparison with SPOT-GPR results

 

An example of successful cooperation between scientists from France, Germany, Italy and Serbia who started working together thanks to the COST Action TU1208.

 

- Download the presentation

 

Working Group 1

 

Development

of novel GPR equipment

 

12:40-13:00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Terhi Pellinen (Aalto University, Finland; TU1208 MC Member), E. Huuskonen-Snicker, P. Eskelinen, T. Pellinen, M.-K. Olkkonen (Aalto University, Finland)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Development of novel GPR prototypes for the evaluation of asphalt properties

 

TU1208 Members from Finland have successfully developed a series of innovative GPR prototypes.

 

- Download the presentation

 

 

13:00-14:15

 

 

Lunch

14:15-14:45

Raffaele Persico, Loredana Matera (IBAM-CNR, Italy; TU1208 WG Members);

Egil Eide, Jacopo Sala (3d-radar, Norway; TU1208 MC Members);

Sebastiano D'Amico (University of Malta, Malta; TU1208 MC Member)

 

Development and testing of an improved reconfigurable step-frequency GPR

 

This work was mainly carried out during 3 STSMs and 1 TS, in Italy, Malta, and Norway. It demonstrates the effectiveness of the STSM and TS networking tools and it constitutes an excellent example of successful TU1208 cooperation between academia (an Italian research center and a University in Malta) and industry (GPR manufacturer in Norway).

 

- Download the presentation

 

14:45-15:10

Sébastien Lambot (Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium; TU1208 MC Member), Jana Jezova (Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium; TU1208 WG Member); Alessandro Fedeli, Andrea Randazzo, Matteo Pastorino (University of Genoa, Italy; TU1208 WG Members)

 

Development and testing of a new lightweight radar system for tomographical reconstruction of circular structures

 

TU1208 Members from Belgium have developed and tested a new lightweight GPR prototype, which has been further studied and tested during a STSM and in cooperation with Italian Members

 

- Download the presentation

 

15:10-15:30

 

Vincenzo Ferrara (Sapienza University of Rome, Italy), Margarita Chizh (Bauman Moscow State Technical University, Moscow), Andrea Pietrelli (Sapienza University of Rome, Italy)

 

 

Design and realisation of a cheap GPR for educational purposes

 

This initative aims to encourage a wider use of GPR in less research-intensive Countries.

The proposed GPR was designed and realised by an Italian research team; during a STSM, the software of the radar was developed, in cooperation with a Russian institute.

Detailled instructions to build and calibrate the prototype are being written and will be released in open access by November 3. Thanks to this initiative, research institutes and universities that cannot have access to expensive commercial systems will have the possibility to realize their own equipment and use it for training purposes or for basic research activities.

 

- Download the presentation

 

15:30-16:00

 

Milan Vrtunski, Lara Pajewski, Xavier Derobert,

Colette Gregoire, Carl van Geem, Audrey van der Wielen (BRRC, Belgium; TU1208 WG Members),

Zeljko Bugarinovic, Miro Govedarica, Aleksandar Ristic, Sébastien Lambot,

Salih Serkan Artagan (Anadolu University, Turkey; TU1208 MC S Member),

Vladislav Borecky (University of Pardubice, Czech Republic; TU1208 WG Member),

Simona Fontul (LNEC, Portugal; MC S Member),

Vania Marecos (LNEC, Portugal; TU1208 WG Member)

 

 

System Performance Compliance Tests proposed by the COST Action TU1208

 

TU1208 Members proposed new tests for checking the performance and stability of GPR systems, which have been carried out by Members in various Countries.

 

- Download the presentation

16:00-16:30

 

 

Afternoon tea & coffee break

 

16:30-16:50

All

 

Open discussion WG1, leading to recommendations for future developments of GPR technology

 

- Where do we need more research?

- How to create innovation dynamics?

- Changes in the industry landscape

(systems and software)

- How to foster a stronger collaboration between academia and manufacturers?

- AOB

 

16:50-17:20

Dieter Griess (Sensors & Software, ‎Business Development Director Europe)

 

Sensors & Software academic programme and training opportunities

 

- Download the presentation

- Download the Sensors & Software Corporate video

 

17:20-17:35

All

 

Open discussion training

 

- TU1208 Education Pack:

An open-access educational package for teaching GPR in the university

 

Link to the webpage dedicated to the Education Pack

 

17:35-18:00

Lara Pajewski & All

 

The future of our Network:

 

Announcement & presentation of TU1208 GPR Association

followed by an open discussion on the association activities

 

- Download the presentation

- Download the application form

- Download a page with basic info

 

19:15

 

 

Private bus transfer from the conference venue to the dinner venue

 

20:00

 

 

Conference Dinner at:

Restauracja Podwale 25

(ul. Podwale 25, Warszawa)

 

 

 

Day 2 - Tuesday 26 September 2017

Time

Speaker(s)

Activity

 

09:00-09:45

 

Sébastien Lambot

 

Special Talk:

 

New applications of the near-field intrinsic radar equation

 

 

Working Group 2

 

GPR assessment of

civil-engineering structures

 

09:45-10:45

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carl Van Geem, Simona Fontul, et (many!) al.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TU1208 guidelines for road assessment by using GPR

 

This time will be devoted to presenting and discussing the guidelines jointly developed by several TU1208 Members, from various Countries, in view of the finalisation of the guidelines by November 3.

 

10:45-11:00

 

Cyrille Fauchard (CEREMA, France; TU1208 WG Member)

 

 

Compactness assessment of newly paved road by using GPR

 

11:00-11:10

Małgorzata Wutke (TPA Sp. z o.o., Poland; TU1208 Trainee)

 

Use of GPR to identyfication of wet and weak places in asphalt pavement

 

11:10-11:40

 

 

Morning tea & coffee break

 

11:40-12:30

 

Xavier Derobert, Aleksandar Ristic,

et (many!) al.

 

 

TU1208 guidelines for detection and localization of utilities in urban areas

 

This time will be devoted to presenting and discussing the guidelines jointly developed by several TU1208 Members, from various Countries, in view of the finalisation of the guidelines by November 3.

 

12:30-13:00

Jean-Paul Balayssac (Universite Paul Sabatier, France; TU1208 MC Member), et (many!) al.

 

TU1208 guidelines for the assessment of concrete structures

 

This time will be devoted to presenting and discussing the guidelines jointly developed by several TU1208 Members, from various Countries, in view of the finalisation of the guidelines by November 3.

 

13:00-14:00

 

 

Lunch

 

14:00-15:00

 

 

Poster Session (*)

 

15:00-15:10

Andreas Loizos (National Technical University of Athens, United Kingdom; TU1208 Vice Chair)

 

Short overview of the BCRRA 2017 international conference - Athens, EL, 28-30 June 2017

 

15:10-15:20

Craig Warren (Northumbria University, Newcastle, United Kingdom; TU1208 WG Member)

 

Short overview of the IWAGPR 2017 international conference - Edinburgh, UK, 28-30 June 2017

 

15:20-15:40

 

Raffaele Persico, Antonio Provenzano (Città di Lecce Hospital, Lecce, Italy), Christiane Trela (Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing, Berlin, Germany; TU1208 MC Member), Motoyuki Sato and Kazunori Takahashi (Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan),

Steven Arcone (U.S. Army ERDC-Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory, Hanover, USA), Steven Koppenjan (Special Technologies Laboratory, Santa Barbara, USA), Larry G. Stolarczyk (Stolar Institute of Applied Radio Geophysics, Raton, USA), Erica Carrick Utsi (EMC Radar Consulting, Ely, United Kingdom), Satoshi Ebihara (Osaka Electro-Communication University, Osaka, Japan), Kazushige Wada (Matsunaga Geo-survey Co. Ltd., Tokyo, Japan), Elena Pettinelli (Roma Tre University, Rome, Italy) and Lara Pajewski

 

 

TU1208 recommendations for safe GPR prospecting

 

Presentation of the safety recommendations developed by TU1208 Members in cooperation with international experts from academia and industry not involved in the Action.

 

15:40-15:50

Raffaele Persico, Lara Pajewski, Xavier Derobert

 

TU1208 catalogue of test sites

 

A collection of information about available sites/laboratories for the testing of GPR equipment, methodology and procedures.

The catalogue represents a useful tool for the GPR community. We believe it will contribute to identifying new cooperation possibilities among research groups, to clarifying which are the missing testing facilities in the various European regions, and to addressing current or future research needs.

 

To be finalised by November 3.

 

15:50-16:00

Serdal Terzi (Suleyman Demirel, Turkey; TU1208 MC Member)

 

A new test-site in Turkey, for the experimental investigation of geogrid-type effects on pavement structural performance

 

16:00-16:30

 

 

Afternoon tea & coffee break

 

16:30-16:50

All

 

Open discussion WG2 on possible follow-up activities related to the guidelines, leading to:

 

- A plan for the dissemination and implementation of the guidelines;

- A strategy for the estimation of the impact of the guidelines; and

- A plan for updating the guidelines.

- AOB

 

Working Group 3

 

Electromagnetic modelling, inversion,

imaging and

data-processing techniques for GPR

 

Free TU1208 software

 

16:50-17:00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dragan Poljak (The University of Split, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, FESB, Croatia; TU1208 MC S Member), Vicko Doric, Silvestar Sesnic and Anna Susnjara (FESB; TU1208 WG Members)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Theoretical Background of Suzana and TWiNS II software tools

 

TWiNS II is free software developed by Members from Croatia, as a contribution to TU1208, for the electromagnetic simulation of thin-wire configurations in the presence of two media.

17:00-17:15

Dragan Poljak, Vicko Doric, Silvestar Sesnic and Anna Susnjara

 

Description of TWiNS II

 

17:15-17:30

 

Dragan Poljak, Vicko Doric, Silvestar Sesnic and Anna Susnjara

 

 

Simulation examples using TWiNS II

 

 

17:30-18:00

Damir Varevac (Faculty of Civil Engineering Osijek, Osijek, Croatia; TU1208 WG Member), Lara Pajewski & All

 

The future of our Network:

Announcement & presentation of Ground Penetrating Radar,

the first open-access open-science peer-reviewed scientific journal dedicated to GPR,

followed by an open discussion on the journal activities.

 

19:15

 

 

 

Private bus transfer from the conference venue to Hotel Boss (19:30) and then to the dinner venue

 

20:00

 

 

Conference Dinner at the historical restaurant:

Bazyliszek Stare Miasto (Rynek Starego Miasta 1/3, Warszawa)

 

 

 

Day 3 - Wednesday 27 September 2017

Time

Speaker(s)

Act

 

Working Group 3

 

Free TU1208 software

(continues)

 

09:00-10:00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Craig Warren (Northumbria University, Newcastle, United Kingdom; TU1208 WG Member), Antonis Giannopoulos (The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom; TU1208 MC Member)

 

 

Special Talk:

 

gprMax, open source,

finite-difference time-domain

electromagnetic simulation software

 

A wonderful contribution to COST Action TU1208 by Members from UK.

The software has already been tested by TU1208 Members from many Countries and it has been used for interesting projects and applications in academia and industry.

10:00-10:10

 

Lara Pajewski, Simone Meschino, Jean-Michel Friedt (FEMTO-ST Institute “Franche-Comté Electronics Mechanics Thermal Science and Optics – Sciences and Technologies”, Besançon cedex, France; TU1208 WG Member), Liudmyla Roshchupkina (O.Ya. Usikov Institute for Radiophysics and Electronics of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kharkiv, Ukraine), Gennadiy Pochanin (O.Ya. Usikov Institute for Radiophysics and Electronics of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kharkiv, Ukraine; TU1208 MC Observer)

 

 

Further free TU1208 software:

 

- E2GPR

 

A CAD for 2D gprMax models developed in Italy and Germany

 

- SEMP

 

An easy-to-use finite-difference time-domain solver developed in Ukraine

 

- PROEX GPR CONTROL

 

Reverse engineered communication protocol for the Mala ProEx and Easy Locator GPR, implemented as a command line interface running on unix systems, developed in France

 

10:10-10:20

 

Lara Pajewski, Xavier Derobert, Mercedes Solla Carracelas, Vega Perez-Gracia (Polytechnic University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain; TU1208 MC Member)

 

 

TU1208 open database of radargrams

 

A reference database that researchers will use to test and validate, against reliable data, their electromagnetic forward- and inverse-scattering techniques, imaging methods and data-processing algorithms.

 

10:20-10:40

All

 

Open discussion WG3, leading to recommendations for future software developments, maximization of TU1208 software impact and best exploitation of available TU1208 data.

 

- What kind of software tools and algorithms are most needed, to further support GPR survey planning and data interpretation?

- Opportunities and strategies for disseminating the existence of electromagnetic simulators developed within TU1208 to a wider and multidisciplinary audience (inside and outside from the GPR community)

- Plans for comparing modelling/inversion/imaging results obtained by working with data included on the TU1208 database

- AOB

 

Working Group 4

 

Combined use of GPR and complementary NDT techniques.

 

10:40-11:00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mercedes Solla Carracelas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Combined use of Ground Penetrating Radar and complementary non-destructive testing techniques in civil engineering: Overview on the research activities carried out in the COST Action TU1208

 

 

11:00-11:30

 

 

Morning tea & coffee break

Environment and cultural heritage

 

11:30-11:50

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vladimir Buzin, Sergey Gudoshnikov, Vladimir Kopeikin, Alexey Popov, Igor Prokopovich, Vladimir Skomarovskij, Nikolay Melnik, Sergey Merkulov, Pavel Vorovskij, Leonid Bogolubov (Pushkov Institute of Terrestrial Magnetism, Ionosphere and Radio Wave Propagation, IZMIRAN, Troitsk, Moscow; Lebedev Physical Institute, FIAN, Moscow; JSC VNIISMI, Moscow; Russia)

 

 

Search for Chelyabinsk meteorite fragment in Chebarkul Lake bottom (GPR and magnetic data)

 

 

 

 

 

11:50-12:10

 

Klisthenis Dimitriadis (Geoservice, Athens, Greece; TU1208 WG Members)

 

Non-destructive geophysical assessment in the area of Marathon (SUBSOL H2020 project)

12:10-12:20

 

Sonia Santos Assuncao (Freelance geophysicist, Ireland; TU1208 WG Member)

 

Geophysical exploration of underground water in Accra, Ghana

12:20-12:40

Viviana Sossa (Polytechnic Universtyi of Catalonia; TU1208 WG Member)

 

GPR investigations in Parc Güell, Barcelona

 

12:40-13:00

 

Jana Jezova, (Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium; TU1208 WG Member) and Sébastien Lambot

 

GPR investigations of tree trunks

13:00-14:00

 

 

Lunch

 

14:00-14:30

 

Thierry Goger (Forum of European National Highway Research Laboratories, FERHL, Belgium; Secretary General)

 

Invited Talk:

The future of transport infrastructure

 

14:30-14:50

 

 

 

Hannes Tonisson (Tallinn University, Tallinn, Estonia)

 

GPR - A tool that helps to remember the past: natural disasters, archaeology, real-estate development

14:50-15:10

 

 

Andrei Gosar (University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia; TU1208 MC Member)

 

Ground Penetrating Radar detection of karst cavities and structural geological mapping

15:10-15:30

All

 

Open discussion WG4

 

- Emerging applications of GPR (landscape prospection, tree trunks, GPR on drones)

- Falling Weight Deflectometers versus the newer Rolling Weight Deflectometers and their direct coordination with GPR measurements (topic proposed by Andreas Loizos)

- Advanced data fusion and interpretation

- Ideas for valorization of our wide set of case studies

- AOB

 

 

TU1208 activities to foster the involvement of Stakeholders in research & dissemination towards a non scientific audience:

 

16:00-16:30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Simona Fontul, Lara Pajewski,

Klisthenis Dimitriadis, Damir Varevac, Aleksandar Ristic, Hannes Tonisson, Vania Marecos

 

TU1208 Members who hosted Road Show editions in Lisbon, Rome, Athens, Osijek, Novi Sad and

Pardubice will share their experience and the results of the Road Show initiatives.

 

Vania Marecos will report about the successful Road Show held in Lisbon

 

Aleksandar Ristic will report about the successful Road Show held in Novi Sad

 

Hannes Tonisson will report about the successful dissemination activities with children and citizens organized in Estonia.

 

16:00-16:30

 

 

Afternoon tea & coffee break

 

16:30-17:30

Lara Pajewski & All

 

The future of our Network:

 

1.

Announcement & presentation of upcoming events:

- MetroArcheo conference, 23-25 October 2017, Lecce, Italy

- COST Connect on Cultural Heritage, 25 October 2017, Brussels, Belgium

- Novi Sad conference on the civil-engineering applications of GPR, Spring 2018

- A new EGU initiative dedicated to ongoing and recently-ended COST Actions, stemming from TU1208

- Training School on Science Management

- 10th edition of the International Workshop on Advanced Ground Penetrating Radar (IWAGPR 2019), 3-5 July 2019, Rome, Italy

 

Open discussion concerning the organization of these and other events.

 

2.

Open discussion on the Final Action Dissemination (publication of a final book & registration of videos of Education Pack lectures)

17:30-18:00

All

 

 

Closing:

Final remarks, comments, thanks and credits

 

Now this is not the end, but only a change, the beginning of our next chapter.

 

My most heartfelt and infinite thanks to:

 

COST, especially to Mickael and Carmencita;

Cristina and Thierry;

Marian,

and all TU1208 Members, one by one, for their cooperation and friendship.

Thank You all for Your trust in me and for Your priceless support.

 

Lara

 

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(*) List of Posters

 

Working Group 1

 

WG1-1

Tomographic reconstruction of structures using a novel GPR system

Alessandro Fedeli, Jana Ježová, Sébastien Lambot, Matteo Pastorino, Andrea Randazzo, and Lara Pajewski

- Involved Countries: Italy, Belgium. STSM outcome.

 

WG1-2

Electrically short antenna with ground-coupling measurement for M-sequence Ground Penetrating Radar

Martin Pečovský, Jürgen Sachs, Pavol Galajda, Stanislav Slovák, Dušan Kocur

- Involved Countries: Slovakia, Germany. ITC participation. Industry involvement.

 

WG1-3

Calibration Methods for Air Coupled Antennas - COST Action TU1208

Vânia Marecos, Mercedes Solla, Simona Fontul, and Lara Pajewski

- Involved Countries: Portugal, Spain, Italy. STSM outcome. ITC participation.

 

Working Group 2

 

WG2-1

GPR applications in civil engineering: Collaborating with a Company and preparation of material for the educational package to teach GPR in Universities. STSM carried out within COST Action TU1208

Viviana Sossa, Sonia Assunção, and Vega Pérez

- Involved Countries: Spain, Ireland. Industry involvement. STSM outcome.

 

WG2-2

Use of GPR to observe cracks in road pavements

Jorge Pais

- Involved Countries: Portugal. ITC participation.

 

WG2-3

Examples of GPR technology application in analysis of river embankment state

Danilo Koprivica and Filip Maunaga

- Involved Countries: Serbia. ITC participation.

 

WG2-4

Usage of GPR technology in detection of gaslines and district heating lines

Stevan Milovanov and Igor Ruskovski

- Involved Countries: Serbia. ITC participation.

 

WG2-5

Examples of usage of GPR technology in detection of underground power lines and

telecommunication cables

Vladan Bajčeta and Vojin Koprivica

- Involved Countries: Serbia. ITC participation.

 

WG2-6

Usage of GPR technology in detection of waterlines and sewage

Nastasija Grujić and Miljana Marković

- Involved Countries: Serbia. ITC participation.

 

WG2-7

Methodology for usage of GPR antennas of different central frequencies in detection

of underground utilities

Emilija Varga and Stefan Grozdanović

- Involved Countries: Serbia. ITC participation.

 

WG2-8

Examples of combined usage of GPR and EML technology in detection of

underground utilities

Nikola Radović and Bogdan Đurić

- Involved Countries: Serbia. ITC participation.

 

WG2-9

The use of GPR to detect of subsurface defect in Olsztyn-Dajtki Airport runway.

Dariusz Tanajewski, Ireneusz Dyka, Mieczysław Bakuła, and Marcin Bujko

- Involved Countries: Poland. ITC participation.

 

WG2-10

GPR activities carried out at LNEC

Vania Marecos

- Involved Countries: Portugal. ITC participation.

 

Working Group 3

 

WG3-1

Two-way WKB Approximation Applied to GPR - COST Action TU1208

Igor Prokopovich, Alexei Popov, Marian Marciniak, and Lara Pajewski

- Involved Countries: Russia, Poland, Italy. STSM outcome. NNC and ITC participation.

 

Working Group 4

 

WG4-1

Combination of GPR with other NDT techniques in different fields of application - COST Action TU1208

Mercedes Solla, Vega Pérez-Gracia, Simona Fontul, Sonia Santos-Assunçao, and Melda Kucukdemirci

- Involved Countries: Spain, Portugal, Ireland, Turkey. ITC participation. Industry involvement.

 

WG4-2

Study of a rehabilitated road using GPR and FWD

Vania Marecos, Simona Fontul, Maria de Lurdes Antunes, Mercedes Solla, and Lara Pajewski

- Involved Countries: Portugal, Spain, Italy. ITC participation.

 

WG4-3

Modelling of the physical and mechanical properties of flexible pavements by means of non-destructive testing methods

Serdal Terzi

- Involved Countries: Turkey. ITC participation.

 

WG4-4

Processing and interpretation of GPR data collected in the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Klodzko, Poland

Anatolii Chernov, Martina Cogoni, Dariusz Dziubacki, and Alexandru Bădescu

- Involved Countries: Ukraine, Italy, Poland, Romania. Training School Outcome. NNC and ITC participation.

 

WG4-5

Evaluation of wood structure using GPR with FO method – Effect of moisture, fibers direction and density

Tien Chinh Maï, Hamza Reci, Zoubir Mehdi Sbartaï, Lara Pajewski, and Marian Marciniak

- Involved Countries: France, Albania, Italy, Poland. STSM outcome. NNC and ITC participation.

 

WG4-6

Assessment of waterfront location in hardened concrete by GPR within COST Action TU1208

Isabel Rodríguez-Abad, Gilles Klysz, Jean Paul Balayssac, and Lara Pajewski

- Involved Countries: Spain, France, Italy. STSM Outcome.

 

WG4-7

GPR survey for fir (Abies alba) and spruce (Picea abies) root systems in different location in Western Carpathians Mts. (Beskidy Mts., Poland)

Adam Szynkiewicz

- Involved Countries: Poland. ITC participation. Industry involvement.

 

WG4-8

A Comparative Study On Schmidt Hummer and Core Drilling of concrete

Erion Luga

- Involved Countries: Albania. NNC participation.

 

WG4-9

GPR Data Acquisition and Interpretation through a case study; Cervantes Parc at Barcelona, Spain.

Mezgeen Rasol and Vega Perez-Gracia

- Involved Countries: Spain.

 

WG4-10

Application of GPR methods for investigation of bottom’s grounds for waterbodies areas

Radosław Mieszkowski, Emilia Wójcik and Ireneusz Gawriuczenkow

- Involved Countries: Poland. ITC participation.

 

WG4-11

Measuring the impact of the deformed geometry and soil settlement on a historical structure

Enea Mustafaraj and Yavuz Yardim

- Involved Countries: Albania. NNC participation.

 

 

Participants

The conference was attended by 91 registered Delegates from 21 Countries. Moreover, the participation in the scientific sessions was open to scientists working in the Host Institute.

 

The registration to the event was free of charge. All registered Delegates received the conference material. Certificates of attendance are being prepared. All Delegates were guests of the COST Action TU1208 for lunches, refreshements and common dinners. Moreover, all Delegates were invited to a Chopin concert held in the left wing of the Royal Castle on Sunday 24th, followed by a guided tour of Warsaw Stare Miasto (the Old City).

 

 

List of represented Countries:

  1. Albania (NNC)
  2. Belgium (COST)
  3. Croatia (COST ITC)
  4. Denmark (COST)
  5. Estonia (COST ITC)
  6. Finland (COST)
  7. France (COST)
  8. Germany (COST)
  9. Greece (COST)
  10. Hungary (COST ITC)
  11. Ireland (COST)
  12. Italy (COST)
  13. Poland (COST ITC)
  14. Portugal (COST ITC)
  15. Russia (NNC)
  16. Serbia (COST ITC)
  17. Slovakia (COST ITC)
  18. Slovenia (COST ITC)
  19. Spain (COST)
  20. Turkey (COST ITC)
  21. United Kingdom (COST)

 

 

Participation statistics:

COST Support

 

The conference was organised with the scientific, administrative and financial support of COST, European Cooperation in Science and Technology (www.cost.eu).

COST is an EU-funded programme that enables researchers to set up their interdisciplinary research networks in Europe and beyond. COST provides funds for organising conferences, meetings, training schools, short scientific exchanges and other networking activities in a wide range of scientific topics.

By creating open spaces where people and ideas can grow, COST unlocks the full potential of science.

TU1208 Members are deeply grateful to COST for the immense and constant support provided to the Action TU1208 during its lifetime.

Sponsor

 

The conference was sponsored by Sensors & Software (www.sensoft.ca), a well-known GPR manufacturer delivering subsurface imaging solutions to customers worldwide.

During the event, Sensors & Software had a dedicated exhibition space where they showcased their latest GPR products, software and innovations.

On Monday, Sensors & Software presented their academic support programme and GPR teaching resources to support the development of future leaders and industry experts.

Chopin concert &

Tour of Stare Miasto

 

On Sunday 24th, we met at 16:00 under Sigismund's Column (Kolumna Zygmunta), in front of the Royal Castle.

The concert was held in the left wing of the Royal Castle. The pianist was Wojciech Pyrć.

After the concert, we visited the Old City of Warsaw (Stare Miasto).

 

Enjoy a short video shot during the concert (Chopin, fragment of Polonaise in F sharp minor, Op. 44).

JTIT Special Issue

The COST Action TU1208 published several Special Issues on scientific peer-reviewed international journals, during its lifetime. The latest Special Issue was published on the Journal of Telecommunications and Information Technology (JTIT). This is an indexed open-access journal supported by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education and published by the National Institute of Telecommunications of Poland.

 

The JTIT TU1208 Special Issue is entitled "Recent Progress in Electromagnetic Theory and its Applications;" the Guest Editors are Prof. Lara Pajewski (Italy), Prof. Hovik Baghdasaryan (Armenia) and Prof. Marian Marciniak (Poland). With this Special Issue, we aimed at contributing to the internationalisation of the journal, at the same time offering to Action's Members the valuable opportunity to publish open-access papers free of charge.

 

The JTIT TU1208 Special Issue comprises two parts: Part I includes 8 papers on GPR technology, methodology and applications; Part II contains 6 papers dealing with other applications of electromagnetic fields. Overall, the papers are authored by scientists from 19 institutes in 9 Countries (Armenia, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Russia, United Kingdom). We succeeded to finalize the publication of the Special Issue before the Final Conference, so that the Special Issue was presented during the event. The entire issue can be downloaded here. You are also encouraged to check out the webpage of JTIT dedicated to our Special Issue, where you can read and download the Preface and the various papers. If you wish to receive a printed copy of the Special Issue, please send a message to tu1208@gpradar.eu.

Photos & Videos

Photos and Videos are coming soon!

The whole conference was videorecorded with the kind support of the National Institute of Telecommunications of Poland.

Photographers of the conference were Ms Renata Łaska (Poland), Dr Vania Marecos (Portugal) and Dr Santo Prontera (Italy).

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.

TU1208 Members are deeply grateful to COST for funding and supporting the COST Action TU1208.