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Undergraduate Course: Infrastructure Sensing using Ground Penetrating Radar 5 (CIVE11050)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Engineering CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Year 5 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryGround Penetrating Radar (GPR) is one of the most important investigative geophysical tools that are used to support the assessment of the condition of our infrastructure. The applications of GPR in Civil Engineering are diverse including the survey of critical infrastructure elements such are railways, roads, tunnels and bridges. For example, GPR is used in site investigation to detect cavities and voids, to help map the complex underground utility network of our cities and it is widely used in concrete scanning and assessment. As our existing infrastructure ages, the need for non-destructive geophysical sensing tools like GPR is increasing. This course introduces the fundamental concepts and theory of GPR operation and its application to Civil Engineering problems. Practical experience of using and processing GPR data is obtained from examples drawn from common GPR applications in Civil Engineering
Course description The following topics are covered in the course using a mixture of appropriate delivery mechanisms designed to support the student¿s learning or both of the theoretical and of the practical aspects of ground penetrating radar as used in civil engineering infrastructure sensing.

Topic 1: Introduction to non-destructive testing and Geophysical investigation in Civil Engineering and to Ground Penetrating Radar its history and overview of its applications.

Topic 2: Principles of the Ground Penetrating Radar detection mechanism.

Topic 3: Propagation and reflection of GPR signals and the role of material properties.

Topic 4: GPR Instrumentation and antennas.

Topic 5: GPR data acquisition and survey design procedures.

Topic 6: GPR data processing, analysis and interpretation.

Topic 7: Case studies of GPR application in Civil Engineering.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 98 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 50 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Written Exam: 50%
Coursework: 50%
Feedback Not entered
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the relevant GPR theory and the mechanism of GPR target detection.
  2. Design a simple GPR survey for effective data collection.
  3. Demonstrate an effective use and understanding of simple GPR data processing, data analysis and interpretation methods.
  4. Understand the limitations of GPR and be able to effectively report and communicate results from a GPR survey.
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Keywordsground penetrating radar,infrastructure sensing,concrete inspection,utility detection
Course organiserProf Antonios Giannopoulos
Tel: (0131 6)50 5728
Course secretaryMiss Mhairi Sime
Tel: (0131 6)50 5687
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