Predicting GPR performance for buried victim search and rescue

Diamanti, N., Annan, A. P. and Giannakis, Iraklis (2016) Predicting GPR performance for buried victim search and rescue. In: Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR), 2016 16th International Conference on, 13-16 June 2016, Hong Kong, China.

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Abstract

Ground penetrating radar (GPR) is a very common technique for exploring the subsurface. Lately, a different use of GPR has emerged from the need to search for and rescue victims in collapsed buildings and/or rock falls. Since the employment of ultra-wideband (UWB) radar devices is still a very new technique for rescue teams, many technology changes and best practices are being developed. One of the big concerns is the depth of sensing that can be achieved. Claims of seeing through 10s of meters of concrete rubble are not borne out by field measurements. This leads to false expectations in the search and rescue community and results in negative sentiments about the utility of the method. In this paper, we use of three-dimensional (3D) finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) numerical modelling to show how to establish realistic exploration depths and in the future provide some heuristic tools for assessing performance on real sites.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Identifier: 10.1109/ICGPR.2016.7572642
Page Range: pp. 1-6
Subjects: Construction and engineering > Electrical and electronic engineering
Computing
Depositing User: Iraklis Giannakis
Date Deposited: 18 May 2018 09:42
Last Modified: 18 May 2018 10:25
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/5025

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