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, we 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.


Module 1: Introduction to GPR

1.1 What is GPR? - Key concepts

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

1.3 Overview on GPR applications


Module 2: GPR systems and antennas

2.1 Overview on radar systems

2.2 GPR systems and antennas


Module 3: GPR applications in civil engineering

3.1 GPR assessment of roads

Complementary lecture: 3.1.1 An introduction to pavement management

3.2 GPR assessment of bridges and tunnels

3.3 GPR assessment of railways

3.4 GPR assessment of buildings

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


Module 4: GPR applications in cultural heritage, environmental engineering, humanitarian operations

4.1 Archaeological surveys by using GPR

4.2 GPR inspection of trees

4.3 GPR for water management

4.4 Detection and localization of people buried under debris and avalanches by using GPR

4.5 GPR detection of landmines and unexploded ordnance


Module 5: GPR data processing and interpretation

5.1 Introduction to GPR data processing

5.2 Processing of GPR data collected on roads

5.3 Introduction to electromagnetic modelling of GPR

5.4 Electromagnetic modelling of GPR by using gprMax

5.5 E2GPR: A CAD for 2D gprMax models

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

5.7 Electromagnetic-wave velocity estimation for time-depth conversion


Module 6: Safety

6.1 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 as didactic material



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 as didactic material



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

04-08 June 2018



IWAGPR2019 Training School

Training School organized before the 10th edition of the International Workshop on Advanced Ground Penetrating Radar (IWAGPR2019)

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 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.