Penetradar Corporation was
established in 1974 to design, develop and manufacture high resolution,
Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) systems for rapid, non-destructive bridge
deck and pavement inspection. Since our introduction of this technology to
the transportation community in the mid 1970ís, GPR has become an accepted
and integral tool used by many highway agencies throughout the world.
Penetradar Corporation is a leading manufacturer
of GPR systems and provider of GPR Technical Services for nondestructive
bridge deck and pavement inspection. This unique combination enables us to
provide quality GPR technology and application software support that is
unparalleled in the industry.
In the United States, the US Federal Highway Administration and over 30 US
State highway agencies are using our IRIS GPR technology for pavement and
bridge investigations. Penetradar IRIS GPR equipment is also used
internationally by transportation agencies in Canada, Italy, France,
Netherlands, Poland, China, Indonesia and others.
Penetradar Technical Services
has conducted radar inspections of bridge decks
and roadway pavement throughout several states in the United States
and in Canada. Since the early 1980's we have utilized radar
to inspect thousands of bridge decks comprising several million square feet
of deck area and thousands of lane miles of highway pavement,
making us the leader in non-destructive, GPR testing of pavements and bridge decks.
Penetradar GPR equipment is the standard of the industry for bridge deck and
pavement evaluation applications.
The U.S. Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
selected the Penetradar IRIS GPR system as the
preferred equipment and technology for rapid, non-destructive detection of concrete delamination
and deterioration and utilized the Penetradar IRIS GPR for their nationwide GPR
showcase program, which involved the introduction and demonstration of
ground penetrating radar to state highway agencies.
Similar evaluations have been conducted by other organizations, including the LCPC
of France and Texas A&M University.
Penetradar Corporation has also been actively engaged in
R&D for both civil and military applications. Penetradar
has been involved in research sponsored by the
Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP) from 1987-1991, which evaluated
the use of ground penetrating radar for detection of delamination and
deterioration in asphalt covered bridge decks. The results of this work are
documented in Volume III of SHRP final report for Project C-101, and served
as the basis for the AASHTO specification TP-36 on GPR evaluation of bridge
decks and ASTM D6087-03. Penetradar's IRIS GPR's have
also been used for landmine and IED detection.