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General infoPosted by Raffaele Persico Fri, February 15, 2019 15:47:07
Dear all, as probably most of you already know, it is starting a new cost action called SAGA (the Soil Science & Archaeo-Geophysics Alliance: going beyond prospection), CA 17131. There is the first meeting in Crete on March 4-6 and I am going. Within this cost action, I would like to develop some studies on the positioning of high frequency GPR antennas on vertical surfaces. If someone is interested in possible collaborations with me on this topic please let me know: I am looking for interested people.

Kind regards,Raffaele.

Raffaele Persico

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Ground Penetrating Radar - Issue 2, Vol. 1

PublicationsPosted by Lara Pajewski Sat, October 06, 2018 09:36:11
Have you already downloaded and read the second issue of our journal (July 2018)?

That issue includes the Editorial and Preface, six interesting papers, and a new section entitled "News & Announcements" - check everything out at: http://gpradar.eu/journal/

The publication of Issue 2, Vol. 1 of Ground Penetrating Radar was supported by:
TU1208 GPR Association, IDS Georadar s.r.l. and Adapis Georadar Teknik Ab.

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PhD studentship at Icam Nantes (France)

Job opportunitiesPosted by Nicolas Pinel Wed, July 18, 2018 17:56:42
PhD studentship at Icam Nantes (Nantes, France)

Topic: "Improvement of the knowledge of complex media composed of cracks
by electromagnetic scattering simulation"
Supervisor(s): Dr. Nicolas Pinel, Dr. Christophe Bourlier

Starting date: October 2018 (if possible)

Description of the subject (GB):

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Reconstructing the Roman site “Aquis Querquennis” (Spain) from GPR, T-LiDAR and IRT data

PublicationsPosted by Lara Pajewski Thu, May 31, 2018 15:57:04

Aquis Querquennis was a Roman camp located in Galicia (Bande, Spain), on the banks of the Limia river. It was occupied between the last quarter of the first century and the middle of the second century. The first archaeological excavations were made in the 1920s and the overall settlement occupies three hectares. This open access paper (with acknowledgement to COST Action TU1208) presents a three-dimensional reconstruction of the site, achieved by using GPR and T-LiDAR data, complemented with infrared thermography.

Puente, I.; Solla, M.; Lagüela, S.; Sanjurjo-Pinto, J. Reconstructing the Roman Site “Aquis Querquennis” (Bande, Spain) from GPR, T-LiDAR and IRT Data Fusion. Remote Sens. 2018, 10, 379.

Read the full paper here: https://doi.org/10.3390/rs10030379

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Use of GPR supported by mineralogical-geochemical methods for mapping unroofed cave sediments, in Slovenia

PublicationsPosted by Lara Pajewski Tue, May 29, 2018 17:08:19

Ground penetrating radar equipped with a special unshielded 50 MHz Rough Terrain Antenna (RTA) and a shielded 250 MHz antenna was recently used in Slovenia to investigate the capability of this geophysical method for detecting cave sediments of unroofed caves. The GPR technique was combined with mineralogical methods and geomorphological mapping.

Čeru, T.; Dolenec, M.; Gosar, A. Application of Ground Penetrating Radar Supported by Mineralogical-Geochemical Methods for Mapping Unroofed Cave Sediments. Remote Sens. 2018, 10, 639.

Read the open access paper (acknowledging COST Action TU1208) here:

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GPR assessment of a wooden floor in Sao Carlos Theater, Lisbon, Portugal

PublicationsPosted by Lara Pajewski Sat, May 26, 2018 22:56:08

Paper published in May 2018 by TU1208 Members from Italy, Portugal and Spain, presenting the structural health assessment of a wooden floor in São Carlos Theater, Lisbon, Portugal. The study was carried out by using various techniques, including GPR. Read a full-text version here: https://rdcu.be/PaYv

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Training School on GPR held in Rome on 14-18 May 2018

EventsPosted by Lara Pajewski Fri, May 25, 2018 18:52:01
The school was successfully attended by 25 Trainees from 10 Countries (Austria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Romania, Spain and Ukraine); 62% Trainees were from Academia, 27% Trainees were from Industry, and 12% Trainees were Freelance Professionals. Three Trainees were Members of TU1208 GPR Association and received a Training School Grant (waiver of the registration fee). Thank you very much to all Trainees, for attending and enjoying the school!

Lectures were given by 15 Trainers from 6 Countries (Belgium, Croatia, Italy, Serbia, United Kingdom, United States), coming from Universities, Research Centres, Companies, and a Public Agency. Many thanks to all Trainers for coming to Rome and for their outstanding contribution to the school!

Thank you to "the Helpers" Loredana Matera, Santo Prontera and Alessio Ventura, for their tireless work!

We are grateful to the co-organizing and co-funding institutions: Sapienza University of Rome, University College London, and Associazione Italiana del Georadar. We are also grateful to Geophysical Survey Systems, Inc (GSSI) and Codevintec Italiana Srl for providing cutting-edge equipment and excellent technical support during the practical sessions. Finally, we are grateful to Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli and Basilica di San Paolo Fuori le Mura for hosting our practical sessions.

Building on the experience of 15 Training Schools organized in the framework of COST Action TU1208, in 2013-2017, this was the first Training School organized by TU1208 GPR Association. We did a great job! Lectures were interesting and regularly attended by Trainees, practical sessions were useful and in amazing locations, everything worked smoothly and the feedback that we received from Trainees was definitely positive.

The school was awarded with the EU label for the European Year of Cultural Heritage:

The photo below shows a group of Trainees & Trainers. It was taken during a practical session in the Quadriportico of Basilica di San Paolo Fuori le Mura, on 17 May 2018. Click on the photo to download a larger version.

More info on the school found here: http://gpradar.eu/events-dissemination/training-schools/roma2018.html

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TU1208 Open Database of Radargrams - IFSTTAR dataset

PublicationsPosted by Lara Pajewski Mon, April 30, 2018 19:06:49

This invited paper, recently published by TU1208 Members on the open access journal ‘Remote Sensing’, presents a dataset of 67 GPR profiles recorded in a controlled environment (at the IFSTTAR geophysical test site) by using 3 commercial systems equipped with 14 antennas. The central frequencies of the antennas range from 200 MHz to 900 MHz. The dataset is the core part of the Open Database of Radargrams initiative of COST Action TU1208, which consists in organizing and making available for the scientific community a collection of reliable and interesting GPR responses to enable an effective benchmark for electromagnetic modelling methods, imaging and inversion techniques, and signal processing algorithms.

Read the paper and download the dataset (raw data) here:


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Update on the Training School on GPR - Rome, 14-18 May 2018

EventsPosted by Lara Pajewski Sun, April 29, 2018 10:14:52
Registrations are still open for the upcoming Training School on the use of Ground Penetrating Radar in civil engineering and for cultural heritage management. We already have 19 Trainees registered to the School, from both academia and industry, and from seven countries (Austria, Estonia, Italy, Germany, Poland, Romania, Spain).

The class scheduling of the school has been recently enriched with new lectures and interesting practical activities.

Commercial systems manufactured by GSSI as well as prototypes developed in Italy, Croatia and United Kingdom, will be available on-site and used during practical sessions. Some systems will be pulsed and some other systems will be stepped-frequency.

For more information about the school visit this page:


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PhD studentship at Ifsttar Nantes

Job opportunitiesPosted by Xavier Derobert Thu, March 08, 2018 17:01:13
PhD Studentship at Ifsttar, Nantes, France

Topic: "GPR full-wave form inversion for 3D hydric mapping of concretes structures"
Supervisor: Dr Xavier Dérobert

Deadline for applications: 30 March 2018
Start Date: 1 October 2018

Description of the subject (FR / GB):

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Electromagnetic modelling of a heterogeneous half-space for GPR applications

PublicationsPosted by Lara Pajewski Wed, February 14, 2018 17:00:44
Open access paper recently published on Remote Sensing by a team of researchers from Italy, Poland and Russia (with acknowledgement to TU1208).

The paper presents a new method for the electromagnetic modelling of a heterogeneous half-space. The proposed technique was successfully compared with gprMax results; then, it was applied to the interpretation of experimental data collected on the Lake Chebarkul, in Russia, and to the simulation of lunar regolith.

The research work presented in this paper was mostly carried out during two Short Term Scientific Missions funded by COST (www.cost.eu) and hosted by the National Institute of Telecommunications of Poland.

Read the paper here: http://www.mdpi.com/2072-4292/10/1/22/htm

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Combined use of GPR and LiDAR for the investigation of dolines, in Slovenia

PublicationsPosted by Lara Pajewski Mon, February 12, 2018 17:04:05

A new study acknowledging TU1208, recently published on Remote Sensing (open access):

T. Ceru, E. Šegina, and A. Gosar, “Geomorphological dating of Pleistocene conglomerates in central Slovenia based on spatial analysis of dolines using LiDAR and Ground Penetrating Radar,” Remote Sensing, vol. 9, pp. 1-23, 2017; doi: 10.3390/rs9121213


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