Action TU1208

Civil Engineering Applications of Ground Penetrating Radar

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TU1208 Education Pack

The TU1208 Education Pack is conceived for teaching Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) in University courses. The didactic material is available in open access on this webpage. We observed that the level of knowledge and experience on GPR is not the same in all Countries and believe that this initiative will help professors and researchers in less research-intensive Countries to initiate new courses on GPR in their universities.


The TU1208 Education Pack is structured in modules. Although the Action ended, there is work in progress to further enrich the didactical material. Therefore do not hesitate to come back and visit again this webpage soon! If you wish to contribute to this initiative, have comments or questions, please send an email to the dedicated address:


Module 1: Introduction to GPR

Lecture 1.1 What is GPR? - Key concepts

Lecture 1.2: Understanding the physical principles underpinning GPR. Electromagnetic properties of media.

Lecture 1.3: Overview of GPR applications (Author: Mercedes Solla, Spain)

Lecture 1.4: GPR systems

Lecture 1.5: GPR antennas


Module 2: GPR applications in civil engineering

Lecture 2.1: GPR assessment of roads (Author: Carl Van Geem, Belgium)

Lecture 2.1.1: Introduction to pavement management (Author: Carl Van Geem, Belgium)

Lecture 2.1.2: Combined use of GPR and deflection measurement devices on roads (Author: Carl Van Geem, Belgium)

Lecture 2.1.3: Structural evaluation of existing pavements based on deflection mesurements and GPR data (Author: Carl Van Geem, Belgium)

2.2 GPR assessment of bridges and tunnels

See also Lecture 4.5, which may be given here as lecture 2.2.1, to complement the topics presented in Lecture 2.2.

2.3 GPR assessment of railways

2.4 GPR assessment of buildings

2.5 Detection and localization of utilities in urban areas by using GPR


Module 3: GPR applications in other areas, including cultural heritage, environment, agriculture, and humanitarian operations

Lecture 3.1 Archaeological surveys by using GPR

Lecture 3.2: Environmental applications of GPR: Assessment of trees and agricultural fields (Authors: Jana Jezova and Sébastien Lambot, Belgium)

Lecture 3.3: GPR applications in karst (Authors: Andrej Gosar, Marjana Zajc, and Teja Čeru, Slovenia)

Lecture 3.4: Localization of people based on GPR detection of vital signs (Authors: Dušan Kocur, Mária Švecová, Daniel Novák, and Mária Gamcová, Slovakia)

3.5 GPR detection of landmines and unexploded ordnance


Module 4: GPR data processing and interpretation

4.1 Introduction to GPR data processing

4.2 Processing of GPR data collected on roads

4.3 Introduction to electromagnetic modelling of GPR

Lecture 4.4: Electromagnetic modelling of GPR by using gprMax (Authors: Craig Warren, Antonis Giannopoulos, United Kingdom)

Lecture 4.5: Electromagnetic modelling of historical bridges for advanced interpretation of GPR data (Author: Mercedes Solla, Spain)

4.5 E2GPR: A CAD for 2D gprMax models

4.6 SPOT-GPR: TU1208 free software for detection and localization of utilities in radargrams

4.7 Electromagnetic-wave velocity estimation for time-depth conversion


Module 5: Safety

5.1 Recommendations for the safety of people and equipment during GPR prospecting


Glossary (GPR terms in 15 languages spoken in COST Countries) DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.34622.79689



University courses using the TU1208 Education Pack



Course title: Ground Penetrating Radar

ECTS Credits: 6

Course duration: 1 semester (60 hours)

University degree within which the course is held: Master of Science in Electronic Engineering

University: Sapienza University of Rome

Country: Italy

Professor: Lara Pajewski

Academic Years (AY): As of the AY 2017-2018

Course webpage: Link



If you decide to use the TU1208 Education Pack as teaching material, please do let us know. Your course will be listed here.



PhD Schools and other initiatives using the TU1208 Education Pack



Ground Penetrating Radar for civil engineering and cultural heritage management

Summer course organised by the PhD School on Science and Technology of Computing and Communication (Sapienza University of Rome), TU1208 GPR Association, and Associazione Italiana del Georadar (Italian Association on GPR)

School Coordinators: Lara Pajewski and Raffaele Persico

Rome, Italy

14-18 May 2018



IWAGPR2019 Training School

Training School organized before the 10th edition of the International Workshop on Advanced Ground Penetrating Radar (IWAGPR 2019)

Rome, Italy

01-02 July 2019



If you decide to use the TU1208 Education Pack for PhD Schools, Summer Schools and Seminars, please do let us know. Your initiative will be listed 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 the TU1208 GPR Association, a non-profit association stemming from COST Action TU1208.