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 civil and electronic engineers, archaeologists, geologists, geophysicists, early-career investigators and PhD/Masters students, interested in Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) technology and methodology, and particularly in the use GPR for civil-engineering investigations, archaeological prospection, and cultural heritage preservation. Practical sessions will take place. Most lectures will be videorecorded. During the school, we will also promote debate and raise awareness about the importance and value of cultural heritage, and we will discuss how to foster and facilitate engagement with citizens and stakeholders.

 

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 an innovative stepped-frequency reconfigurable GPR prototype developed 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 used during practical sessions:

  • 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.

Additional prototypes will be presented and showcased on Monday (but not used during practical sessions). These include: two innovative Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW) prototypes developed at the University College of London (namely, a low power 200-400 MHz FMCW GPR with bowtie antennas and a 30 MHz FMCW GPR with folded dipole antennas), and an affordable FMCW prototype developed at the University of Split for training purposes.

 

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.

Building "B", 2nd floor, Reading Room ("Sala lettura")

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 - 13:00

R. Persico

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

11:00 - 11:30

 

Tea & Coffee Break

11:30 - 13:00

C. Van Geem

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

13:00 - 14:00

 

Sandwich Lunch

14:00 - 15:30

M. Shamsudduha

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

15:30 - 16:15

To be confirmed

Hydrogeological map of the City of Rome.

16:15 - 16:45

Tea & Coffee Break

16:45 - 17:30

C. Van Geem

Pavement management.

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 San Pietro in Vincoli church.

Theoretical Sessions are in building "B", 2nd floor, Reading Room ("Sala lettura").

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

A. Ristic

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

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 - 13:30

R. Persico

Recommendations for a safe GPR prospecting.

13:30 - 14:30

 

Pizza Lunch

14:30 - 18:30

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.

 

San Pietro in Vincoli (Saint Peter in Chains) is a basilica in Rome, best known for being the home of Michelangelo's statue of Moses on the tomb of Pope Julius II. The Engineering campus of Sapienza University is located just next to the church, in the former convent building. The church and the University are both located on the Oppian Hill, a few steps from the Colosseum.

 

 

Thursday, 17 May 2018 - One day trip to Pyrgi: practical activities in the archaeological area of the Etruscan Port and Sanctuary.

Pyrgi's archaeological site is located a few steps from 'Santa Severa' Castle, on the sea, 1 h from Rome.

 

The archaeological area of Pyrgi is managed since 1957 by Sapienza University. Here several generations of Italian and foreign archaeologists were trained. Surprisingly enough, GPR was used in Pyrgi only twice: the first time was decades ago, the second time was in October 2017. There is a lot to discover during the school and during subsequent expeditions.

 

Pyrgi played a role of fundamental importance in the history of the ancient Mediterranean, being the harbour city of Caere, now Cerveteri, one of the most important Etruscan cities. Because of its geographical position, Pyrgi was the first landing place for those who traveled Tyrrhenian routes from the south. The sanctuary of Pyrgi is one of the few mentioned by ancient literary sources, being connected with historical events crucial for the political and economic evolution of the Mediterranean region.

 

From the area of the sanctuary come the famous Pyrgi Tablets: made around 500 BC, these three gold tablets are inscribed in both Etruscan and Phoenician languages and they are one of the most important discoveries of Italian archaeology because they allowed researchers to use knowledge of Phoenician to interpret Etruscan. The holes around the edges are thought to be a sign of their being bound together at a time.

 

The current excavation in Pyrgi concerns the sector between the Sanctuary and the Port. The results of recent surveys are contributing to a better knowledge of the urban setting of Pyrgi (viability, cadastral divisions, function of the blocks), of the possible defensive systems (evoked by the Greek name "Pyrgoi" - the towers) and of the relationship with the "Maritima colony" founded by the Romans in 273 BC.

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.

All Sessions are in building "B", 2nd floor, Reading Room ("Sala lettura").

Time

Trainer

Activity

09:00 - 11:00

A. Ristic

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

11:00 - 11:30

Tea & Coffee Break

11:30 - 12:00

L. Pajewski

European test sites for GPR.

Open database of radargrams.

Quick overview on available free software tools for GPR.

12:00 - 13:00

F. Soldovieri

 

GPR data processing - Part I.

13:00 - 14:00

 

Pizza Lunch

14:00 - 15:00

F. Soldovieri

 

GPR data processing - Part II (advanced topics).

15:00 - 16:00

D. Comite

 

Early-time method for the estimation of the permittivity of soil from GPR data.

GPR-based shape reconstruction of three-dimensional buried metallic objects.

Exploiting information about the radiation pattern of GPR antennas in data processing.

16:00 - 16:30

 

Tea & Coffee Break

16:30 - 17:30

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.

17:30 - 18:15

P. M. Barone

Understanding Forensic Anomalies: use (and misuse) of GPR at international crime scenes.

18:15 - 18:30

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.

 

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:

  • Applicant's name and surname;
  • Applicant's affiliation and address;
  • 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

The call for Grants was open from 14 February 2018 to 26 March 2018 13:00 CET.

Training School Grants consist of registration fee waivers. Grants were available for Members of TU1208 GPR Association, Members of Associazione Italiana del Georadar, students and researchers from Sapienza University of Rome, as well as students and researchers from The University College of London. The Grant Applications were examined by the school coordinators and the list of granted applications is reported below.

 

List of granted applications:

  • Dr Francesco Bianco (Freelance geologist, Italy) - Ass. Italiana del Georadar Grant
  • Dr Martina Cogoni (Henge S.r.l. Heritage Engineering Geophysics, Italy) - Ass. Italiana del Georadar Grant
  • Mr Francesco Saverio Desideri (PhD student in environmental and hydraulic engineering @ Sapienza University of Rome, Italy) - Sapienza University Grant
  • Dr Loredana Matera (Freelance geophysicist, Italy) - TU1208 GPR Association Grant
  • Ms Lucia Pellegrini (PhD student in geophysics applied to engineering @ Sapienza University of Rome, Italy) - Sapienza University Grant
  • Mr Mezgeen Rasol (PhD student @ Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Spain) - TU1208 GPR Association Grant
  • Mr Alessio Ventura (Freelance electronic engineer, Italy) - TU1208 GPR Association Grant

 

List of Trainees:

  1. Ms Chiara Antuono (Electronic engineering student @ Sapienza University of Rome, Italy)
  2. Dr Francesco Bianco (Freelance geologist, Italy)
  3. Mr Benedetto Burchini (Trigeo s.n.c., Italy)
  4. Mr Lorenzo Carosso (PhD student in electrical, electronics and communications engineering @ Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy)
  5. Dr Martina Cogoni (Henge S.r.l. Heritage Engineering Geophysics, Italy)
  6. Mr Riccardo Della Sala (Electronic engineering student @ Sapienza University of Rome, Italy)
  7. Mr Francesco Saverio Desideri (PhD student in environmental and hydraulic engineering @ Sapienza University of Rome, Italy)
  8. Olav Harjo (Topest OÜ, Estonia)
  9. Andreas Heinzel (Institut für Hochfrequenztechnik und Radarsysteme, Germany)
  10. Mr Davide Mastracci (Electronic engineering student @ Sapienza University of Rome, Italy)
  11. Dr Loredana Matera (Freelance geophysicist, Italy)
  12. Mr Andrea Nencetti (Trigeo s.n.c., Italy)
  13. Ms Lucia Pellegrini (PhD student in geophysics applied to engineering @ Sapienza University of Rome, Italy)
  14. Santo Prontera (Freelance electronic engineer, Italy)
  15. Michalina Pszczółkowska (Telecommunication engineering and geoinformatics, Warsaw University of Technology, Poland)
  16. Mr Mezgeen Rasol (PhD student @ Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Spain)
  17. Mr Alessio Ventura (Freelance electronic engineer, Italy)

 

 

 

 

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.