Sensors & Software GPR instrumentation

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Sensors & Software Noggin
Sensors & Software pulseEKKO and Concrete Scanner
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Warning: the specifications below are provided as a courtesy. Actual values may vary and need to be confirmed via the manufacturer.

Sensors & Software Noggin

Sensors & Software Noggin Smartcarts with the 1000, 500, and 250 MHz antennas.
Sensors & Software Noggin Smartcarts with the 1000, 500, and 250 MHz antennas.

Description:

The Sensors & Software Noggin is a user-friendly ground penetrating radar or GPR system that possesses the ability to use three different antenna frequencies: 250 MHz, 500 MHz, and 1000 MHz. In the simplest terms, ground penetrating radar works by sending a pulse through the ground. This pulse scatters and reflects back depending on subsurface conditions. The amount of time it takes for the signal to travel to and from a response allows the Noggin to approximate depths using an assumed average velocity.

Different Sensors & Software Configurations and Antennas:

Most Noggins use a fold-able SmartCart that allows the user to easily ship, assemble, and navigate in the field. The SmartCart system consists of the cart structure, a Noggin antenna, an odometer wheel, a digital video logger (DVL), and a battery. In tight spots, a SmartHandle or SmartTow can be employed, which consists of just a handle and odometer wheel.

Different frequency antennas in conjunction with the Smartcart (or SmartHandle/SmartTow) serve different purposes. A rule of thumb is that lower frequency antennas can penetrate deeper but lack the detail of higher frequency antennas. In general, a Noggin 250 MHz antenna and Noggin 500 MHz antenna are used in applications such as utility mapping, forensics, and archaeology. The Noggin 250 MHz antenna will penetrate deeper but not get the amount of detail as the Noggin 500 MHz antenna. The Noggin 1000 MHz antenna is commonly used for concrete scanning in the SmartHandle configuration (see pulseEKKO for the 1000 MHz TR1000 concrete scanner).

In addition, the Geophysical Rental Company owns a Noggin 250 UtilityCart, which is similar to the Noggin 250 Smartcart except it does not offer interchangeable antennas.

Sensors & Software suggests which antenna should I use.

The best method to choose an antenna size is to think about the smallest object the user would like to see at a given depth. In perfect conditions such as sandy soils that are less conductive, the depth to size ratio is 24 to 1. In other words, a user could identify a 1 inch object 24 inches deep. In less ideal conditions, the pulse will become scattered and not penetrate as deep and anomalies will need to be larger to identify. Below is a table from the manufacturer that states the maximum depth of various GPR frequencies.

Maximun depths in ideal conditions for several GPR frequencies.

Ultimately, job conditions often make these depths near impossible.

Typical packing list of items received when renting a Noggin SmartCart:

1 x SmartCart with Noggin 250, 500, or 1000 MHz antenna
1 x Digital Video Logger With Pelican Case
2 x SmartCart Power Supply in Pelican Case
2 x SmartCart Power Supply Charger
1 x Set of 2 Adapters for Hanging 250, 500, or 1000 MHz Noggin Antenna
4 x SmartCart Swivel Mounting Post and Pin Sets
1 x Enhanced DVL Keeper Mounted on Handle
1 x SmartCart Odometer and Cable Mounted on Left Rear Wheel
1 x Compact Flash Card Reader
1 x Dongle with Software and Manuals (if requested)
1 x GPS Mount (if requested)
1 x Cardboard Box (46’’x24’’x19’’, 120lbs)

*All dimensions are approximate and will vary depending on configuration and how each instrument is packed. Some shipping containers may be slightly larger/heavier than others containing the same instrument.

Lower frequency antennas tend to weigh more than higher frequency antennas in the same configuration. If interested in the dimensions for SmartTow or SmartHandle, please inquire at rent@geophysicalrentalcompany.com.

Suggested Items:

Hemisphere GPS

Items you may need to provide:

None

Sensors & Software Software provided:

Upon request, Sensors & Software post-processing software is provided at no additional cost. Users often keep the software for a few days after returning the rental to finish their project. We kindly ask that if you intend to keep the software for longer than the duration of the rental that you inform us so that we know that is not missing and can make the necessary accommodations for future rentals.

Rental Rates:

The Sensors and Software Noggin 250, 500, or 1000 MHZ antenna with a SmartCart (or any other configuration) rents for $135 per day or $3,240 per month with a $175 prep fee.

Additional Sensors and Software Noggin antennas (250, 500, or 1000 MHZ) or antenna rental without a SmartCart/Tow/Handle rent for $55 per day or $1,320 per month with a $65 prep fee.

The Sensors and Software UtilityCart 250 rents for $135 per day or $3,240 per month with a $175 prep fee.

*** As a courtesy, we do not charge rent if the equipment is shipped on a Friday and in-transit with FedEx or UPS over Saturday, Sunday, and/or an approved holiday (only valid for rentals less than a month). In its sole and absolute discretion, Geophysical Equipment Rental LLC and/or K. D. Jones Instrument Corp reserve the right not to extend this courtesy.

Get an estimate to rent the Noggin SmartCart.

User Manual:

Sensors & Software pulseEKKO with Ultra receiver and TR1000 concrete scanner

Sensors & Software Ultra Receiver pulseEKKO Pro SmartCart
Sensors & Software Ultra Receiver pulseEKKO Pro SmartCart

Description:

The Sensors & Software pulseEKKO system is a high performance adaptable GPR system meant for professionals. Like all ground penetrating radar systems, it sends a pulse through the ground and measures the strength and time of the returning pulse to indicate anomalies and property changes below at depth. The pulseEKKO possesses the ability to use antennas from 12.5 MHz to 1000 MHz allowing for the user to optimize a survey for depth and target size. Unlike the Noggin system, the pulseEKKO antennas are bistatic, which means the antennas can be offset and/or orientated for advanced surveys such as multi-offset, transillumination, and multi-polarization.

Different Sensors & Software Configurations and Antennas:

The pulseEKKO can be used with or without a SmartCart, when applicable. Most survey techniques make use of the Smartcart, but sometimes the pulseEKKO is used without a SmartCart and measurements are either automated at fixed time intervals or manually triggered. The 1000 MHz antenna is unique in regards to the pulseEKKO as it is the only antenna that is housed in a self-contained, hand-held housing with an odometer wheel. The TR1000 is a good choice for scanning concrete.

Sensors & Software pulseEKKO TR1000 GPR 1000 MHz Concrete Scanner
Sensors & Software pulseEKKO TR1000 GPR 1000 MHz Concrete Scanner

Sensors & Software’s newest improvement to the pulseEKKO line is their Ultra Receiver. The Ultra Receiver possesses the ability to stack up to 65,536 traces at rates typically seen with the standard receiver configured for 32 or 64 stacks.  Essentially, this reduces the noise to signal ratio, often yielding depths that are twice as deep as a Noggin or Pro system. In addition, the Ultra Receiver comes with the new DVL 500, which allows some post-processing in the field.

Sensors & Software suggests which antenna should I use.

GPR operators need to choose an antenna based on their target size and site conditions. Below is a graph provided by the manufacturer that lists common antenna frequencies used for different applications:

Sensors & Software pulseEKKO Pro antenna size application chart.

Typical packing list of items received when renting a pulseEKKO SmartCart with 50, 100, or 200 MHz antenna:

1 x PE Pro Model Digital Video Logger
1 x Optical Coupler
2 x Short Fiber Optic Cables (RX to DVL)
2 x Short Fiber Optic Cables (Rx to Tx)
2 x 20m Fiber Optic (Rx to Tx) (if requested)
1 x Set of Quick Guides
1 x PE Pro SmartCart with Odometer Mounted on Left Rear Wheel
4 x Wheels, 2 x DVL Carrier Mounted on Handle
1 x 50/100 MHz Conversion Kit with hangers
1 x Set of 50 MHZ antennas
1 x Set of 100 MHZ antennas
1 x 200 MHz Conversion Kit with hangers
1 x Set of 200 MHZ antennas
2 x Batteries in Pelican Cases
2 x Battery Chargers
1 x GPS Staff (if requested)
1 x Yellow Power Supply Cable
1 x Transmitter, 1 x Adaptor Block
4 x Chargers and Cord for Transmitter and Receiver Batteries
8 x TX/RX Batteries
1 x Cart Parts Kit (1 large hitch Pin, 4 small hitch pins, 4 thumb screws, 4 male connector pins, 4 female connector pins)
1 x Billable Spares Kit (1 large hitch Pin, 4 small hitch pins, 4 thumb screws, 4 male connector pins, 4 female connector pins)
1 x Software Dongle (if requested)
1 x Compact Flash Card Reader
1 x Allen Wrench Set, 1 x Flathead Screw Driver
1 x Ultra Receiver, 1 x Adaptor Block
*1 x Cardboard Shipping Box (59’’x21’’x13’’, 100lbs)
*1 x Pelican Case (20’’x16’’x8’’, 15lbs)
*1 x Pelican Case (24’’x20’’x 10’’, 30lbs)
*1 x Pelican Case (24’’x20’’x10’’, 40lbs)
*1 x Black Pelican Shipping Tube for 50 MHz Antennas (81’’x9’’x7’’, 20lbs)

*All dimensions are approximate. The pulseEKKO packing list, dimensions, and weights can vary greatly depending on configuration and antenna selection. Some shipping containers may be slightly larger/heavier than others containing the same instrument.

Typical packing list of items received when renting a pulseEKKO concrete scanner with 1000 MHz antenna:

1 x pulseEKKO Pro TR1000 Antenna
1 x DVL with PulseEKKO Control Module
1 x pulseEKKO Pro Control Module Cable
1 x DVL to Antenna Cable
1 x Power Supply Cable
2 x Battery Belts
1 x Battery Charger
1 x Flash Card Reader
1 x Handle
*2 x Shipping Containers (28’’x22’’x16’’, 47lbs and 76’’x8’’x8’’, 10lbs)

*All dimensions are approximate and will vary depending on configuration and how each instrument is packed. Some shipping containers may be slightly larger/heavier than others containing the same instrument.

Lower frequency antennas tend to weigh more than higher frequency antennas in the same configuration.

Suggested Items:

Hemisphere GPS

Items you may need to provide:

None

Sensors & Software Software provided:

Upon request, Sensors & Software post-processing software is provided at no additional cost. Users often keep the software for a few days after returning the rental to finish their project. We kindly ask that if you intend to keep the software for longer than the duration of the rental that you inform us so that we know that is not missing and can make the necessary accommodations for future rentals.

Rental Rates:

The Sensors & Software pulseEKKO Pro SmartCart with DVL and one antenna (50, 100 or 200 MHz) rents for $175 per day or $4,200 per month with a $265 prep fee.

The Sensors & Software pulseEKKO Pro, Ultra Receiver, SmartCart with DVL, and one antenna(50, 100 or 200 MHz) rents for $262.50 per day or $6,300 per month with a $265 prep fee.

Additional Sensors & Software pulseEKKO Pro antennas (50, 100, or 200 MHz) rent for $25 per day or $600 per month with a $25 prep fee.

The Sensors & Software pulseEKKO Pro with DVL and TR1000 MHz antenna rents for $200 per day or $4,800 per month with a $285 prep fee.

*** As a courtesy, we do not charge rent if the equipment is shipped on a Friday and in-transit with FedEx or UPS over Saturday, Sunday, and/or an approved holiday (only valid for rentals less than a month). In its sole and absolute discretion, Geophysical Equipment Rental LLC and/or K. D. Jones Instrument Corp reserve the right not to extend this courtesy.

Get an estimate to rent the pulseEKKO pro.

User Manual:

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