TU1208 GPR Association

International non-profit network on Ground Penetrating Radar

Cooperation - Sharing - Open science - Excellence - Embracing diversity - Inclusiveness - Innovation - Bottom up

Founded in September 2017 as a follow up of COST Action TU1208

Training School on Ground Penetrating Radar for civil engineering and cultural heritage management

Roma, Italy, May 14-18, 2018

Sapienza University of Rome, University College of London, TU1208 GPR Association, and Associazione Italiana del Georadar are organising the Training School "Ground Penetrating Radar for civil engineering and cultural heritage management." The course will be held in Italy, in the Engineering campus of Sapienza University of Rome (San Pietro in Vincolii). The course dates are: May 14-18, 2018.

This Training School is targeted to Early-Career Investigators, PhD students, Master students and engineers interested in Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) technology and methodology, and particularly in the applications of GPR in civil engineering, archaeology, and cultural heritage preservation. Practical sessions will take place.

 

Networking programmes and funding Institutions

The school is organized in the framework of the "Conferences, Seminars and Workshops" programme funded by Sapienza University of Rome and "Rome Regional Engagement" programme funded by the University College of London. Further support comes from TU1208 GPR Association and Associazione Italiana del Georadar.

 

Coordinators and Trainers of the School

 

Equipment

During practical sessions, we will use a series of innovative GPR prototypes developed at the University College of London, at the Italian National Research Council, and within COST Action TU1208. Moreover, we will use cutting-edge pulsed GPR systems manufactured by Geophysical Survey Systems, Inc - GSSI. The school organisers would like to thank GSSI for participating in this Training School and providing equipment.

Detailled list of equipment:

  • Low power 200-400 MHz Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW) GPR with bowtie antennas, developed at the University College of London.
  • HF (30 MHz) FMCW GPR with folded dipole antennas, developed at the University College of London.
  • Reconfigurable stepped-frequency GPR prototype developed in Italy, covering the 50 - 1000 MHz frequency range. The original version of this prototype was implemented by the Institute for Archaeological and Monumental Heritage of the National Research Council (IBAM-CNR), in cooperation with the University of Florence and the Italian company Florence Engineering, within the research project AITECH funded by Regione Puglia; in the framework of COST Action TU1208, the prototype was significantly improved and widely tested in Italy, Malta and Norway.
  • 2 x GSSI UtilityScan LT with 350 MHz antenna.
  • GSSI StructureScan Mini XT with 2700 MHz antenna.

 

 

Class Scheduling (not yet final and subject to change)

 

Monday, 14 May 2018 - Introduction to Ground Penetrating Radar technology, methodology, and applications. Innovative GPR systems.

Time

Trainer

Activity

08:30 - 09:00

 

Registration.

09:00 - 09:30

L. Pajewski

F. Mussgnug

Opening Session:

Welcome to participants. Introduction to the school and to the Sapienza "Conferences, Seminars and Workshops" programme. Introduction to the UCL "Rome Regional Engagement" programme.

09:30 - 11:00

L. Pajewski

GPR basic principles, capabilities and limits. GPR applications. Choice of GPR equipment for different applications.

11:00 - 11:30

 

Tea & Coffee Break

11:30 - 12:00

A. Ristic

GPR system performance compliance: how to test the performance of GPR equipment.

12:00 - 13:00

R. Persico

Reconfigurable stepped-frequency GPR prototype for civil-engineering and archaeological prospection, developed at the National Research Council of Italy. Case studies.

13:00 - 14:00

 

Pizza Lunch

14:00 - 16:00

L. B. Lok

FMCW principles. The FMCW GPR prototypes developed at the University College of London (UCL), in United Kingdom. Case studies .

16:00 - 16:30

Tea & Coffee Break

16:30 - 17:15

M. Škiljo

Building a cheap GPR prototype with undergraduate students - the experience of the University of Split.

17:15 - 18:00

All

Showcasing the presented GPR prototypes to Trainees.

Note: If Trainees are active on the design, realization and testing of GPR systems and antennas, a short presentation of their activities can be included in the Monday class scheduling.

 

 

Tuesday, 15 May 2018 - Use of GPR and complementary geophysical techniques in civil engineering (with a main focus on roads, bridges and groundwater resource monitoring).

Time

Trainer

Activity

09:00 - 11:00

C. Van Geem

GPR applied to roads and bridges: methodology - guidelines - examples.

11:00 - 11:30

 

Tea & Coffee Break

11:30 - 13:30

C. Van Geem

Pavement management. Combined use of GPR and deflection measurement devices, on roads.

13:30 - 14:30

 

Sandwich Lunch

14:30 - 16:00

M. Shamsudduha

Groundwater resource monitoring using complementary geophysical techniques. Examples of data analysis and interpretation.

16:00 - 16:30

Tea & Coffee Break

16:30 - 17:30

To be confirmed

Hydrogeological map of the City of Rome.

Note: If Trainees are active on the use of GPR in civil engineering, a short presentation of their activities can be included in the Tuesday class scheduling.

 

 

Wednesday, 16 May 2018 - Use of GPR for cultural heritage preservation. Practical Session in a medieval building and/or in a church.

Time

Trainer

Activity

09:00 - 11:00

S. Piro

On the use of GPR in archaeology and for cultural heritage management: methodology - recommendations - case studies.

11:00 - 11:30

 

Tea & Coffee Break

11:30 - 12:00

R. Persico

Recommendations for a safe GPR prospecting.

12:00 - 13:00

M. Arvanitis

Introducing to Trainees the GSSI GPR equipment that will be used during the practical sessions.

Presentation of further GSSI GPR equipment and software tools. Examples and case studies.

13:00 - 14:00

 

Pizza Lunch

14:00 - 18:00

All

 

Experimental activities in a medieval building and/or in a church. More details will follow soon.

 

Note: If Trainees are active on the use of GPR for cultural heritage preservation, a short presentation of their activities can be included in the Wednesday morning class scheduling.

 

 

Thursday, 17 May 2018 is dedicated to practical activities in an archaeological area. More details will follow soon.

 

 

Friday, 18 May 2018 - Use of GPR in civil engineering (with a main focus un utility detection in urban areas). GPR data processing. Further topics.

Time

Trainer

Activity

09:00 - 11:00

A. Ristic

GPR applied to the detection and localization of utilities in urban areas: methodology - guidelines - case studies.

11:00 - 11:30

Tea & Coffee Break

11:30 - 12:00

L. Pajewski

European test sites for GPR.

Open database of radargrams.

12:00 - 13:00

F. Soldovieri

(To be confirmed)

GPR data processing.

13:00 - 14:00

 

Pizza Lunch

14:00 - 15:00

F. Soldovieri

(To be confirmed)

GPR data processing - advanced topics.

15:00 - 16:00

D. Poljak,

A. Šušnjara

GPR activities in Croatia, with a main focus on research projects carried out at the University of Split.

TWINS-II electromagnetic simulation tool developed by the University of Split: Theoretical background and practical use.

16:00 - 16:30

L. Pajewski

Overview on available free software tools for GPR.

16:30 - 17:00

All

Final comments and closing

Note: Trainees who did not present their research activities during the previous days of the school, can give their short presentations on Friday.

 

D. Poljak, A. Šušnjara

Registration &

Training School Grants

 

Registration

To register, Applicants are kindly requested to send an email to school@gpradar.eu, where the following information and documentation has to be included:

  1. Applicant's name and surname;
  2. Applicant's affiliation and address;
  3. Pdf document attesting the payment of the registration fee.

 

Registration Fees

  • Academia/Freelance/Retired:

237.70 EUR + 22% VAT = 290.00 EUR

  • Industry:

327.87 euro + 22% VAT = 400.00 EUR

The Registration Fee can be paid only via bank transfer, to:

Associazione Italiana del Georadar

IBAN IT63A0103016004000002151821.

For further information on registration and payments, please contact our event management team at school@gpradar.eu.

 

 

Training School Grants

Training School Grants (TSGs) consist of registration fee waivers. The registration fee waiver does fully cover the registration sum that you have pay to attend the school; hence, if you are awarded with a TSG, you can attend the school for free. Overall, up to 12 TSGs are available:

  • 3 TSGs are reserved for Master/PhD Students and researchers from Sapienza University of Rome;
  • 3 TSGs are reserved for Master/PhD Students and researchers from the University College of London;
  • 3 TSGs are reserved for Members* of TU1208 GPR Association;
  • 3 TSGs are reserved for Members* of the Italian association Associazione Italiana del Georadar.

 

* Applicants who, on 13 February 2018, are already Members. If you are not yet a Member, you are most welcome to join our associations and you will have similar opportunities in the future.

 

The submission of Grant applications is open as of 14 February 2018. To submit a Grant application, the following two items have to be sent to school@gpradar.eu:

  • Curriculum Vitae of the Applicant, including a list of publications.
  • Motivation Letter, written and signed by the Applicant.

The deadline for submitting Grant applications is 26 March 2018, 13:00 CET time. The applications will be examined by the School Coordinators. The results of the selection will be published on this webpage on 28 March 2018.

 

The selection of Granted applications is based on the key principles of excellence and inclusiveness. To identify excellent applicants, we ask applicants to submit a curriculum vitae and a motivation letter. At the same time, we aim at achieving inclusiveness. This objective is fulfilled by supporting young researchers, by fostering gender balance, and by supporting researchers coming from less research intensive Countries.

 

 

List of Granted Trainees:

  • Will be written here.

 

List of further Trainees registered to the Training School:

  • Will be written here.

 

 

 

For information concerning COST Action TU1208 and TU1208 GPR Association, please take contact with the Chair of the Action and President of the Association, Prof. Lara Pajewski. From 4 April 2013 to 3 October 2017, this website was 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 COST Action TU1208. As of 4 October 2017, this website is supported by TU1208 GPR Association, a non-profit association stemming from COST Action TU1208.