3 Day GPR Course – Manteno, IL

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Video Testimonial from Student of 2017 GPR class

Staking University

March 11-13, 2019
411 South Evergreen
Manteno, IL 60950
$1800 per student – Limit of 8 students for this class


Two Ways to Register:



Three-Day Ground Penetrating Radar Training Program


Provide interactive, practical, hands-on GPR training for entry to intermediate level utility locators who want to integrate GPR imaging into their locating / subsurface site characterization services. Participants will have hands-on project experience with multiple GPR instruments with continued discussions of how it compliments EM locating technology. The class size will be limited to eight individuals to insure a quality training experience for each attendee.


The 3 day training program is held at Staking University in Manteno, IL, USA. Staking University is one of the leading EM locator training organizations in the world, and provides an urban setting conducive to conducting realistic EM and GPR imaging locating projects during the course.


Staking University GPR Instructor Dr. Dennis Prezbindowski

Read Dr. Prezbindowski’s latest article in American Locator, p. 30 “Taming the Unknown: Using GPR to Reduce Subsurface Project Risk.”


Dr. Dennis Prezbindowski is the principle instructor for this three-day Staking University GPR training seminar. Dennis earned a PhD in Geology from the University of Texas in 1981, and is a certified EM utility locator and a professional geologist. He has extensive field experience in the use of GPR and other geophysical instrumentation for utility locating and subsurface site characterization. He has also presented numerous GPR seminars over the last 14 years. 

Class Outline – 3 Days Hands-on training experience!

Radar Instruments at Staking University

Operating principles of a GPR instrument

– Brief history

– Applications of GPR Technology

– GPR is a powerful tool for noninvasively imaging the subsurface

– Site conditions that control GPR imaging capabilities

– Electromagnetic properties of materials and it impact on GPR imaging

– Understanding and interpreting GPR image profiles

– Limitations to GPR imaging

– Application to subsurface utility locating

– Basics of data processing

– How GPR technology compliments EM locating technology

Trainee using US Radar Quantum Imager

How to use GPR Instruments

– Learn and demonstrate operating proficiencies with GPR instruments

– Field operation with GPR instrument – First Field Project – How does GPR imaging compliment EM locating efforts?

– Objective(s) determine best approach to GPR imaging project

– Accessibility – GPR and EM – differences

– Standard GPR search patterns

– Documentation of findings – How? and Why?

Trainee using Sensors and Software LMX 200 GPR

Conducting GPR Imaging projects

– Discussion of GPR best practices

– Utility locating GPR imaging field projects

– Qualitative GPR imaging projects – paint on the ground

– Quantitative GPR projects discussion

  • Line projects
  • GPR response maps
  • GPR response 3D models

– Basic GPR Data processing

– Field training, exercises and discussions

– Field training and independent team field projects will be conducted.

– The project results for each field project will be jointly discussed by all participants to determine best project interpretations and practices.

– How can improvements be made in the implementation of the field project

– Discuss how to most effectively transmit GPR project results to your management and your client(s).

Review of certification requirements and then a written and hands-on certification testing:

Staking University’s Hands-on Instrument Certification Test:

Staking University’s HICT assesses the individual locator’s competency, regardless of instrument or utility located. To pass, a Staking University student must demonstrate that they have a command of the GPR instrument by performing in three areas of concentration as listed below:

  • General knowledge of the GPR instrument
  • Ability to independently access the likelihood of successfully conducting a GPR imaging survey for utility targets in the field.
  • Ability to interpret GPR image survey results from a field project


Time Window GPR Response Map of Two Buried USTs

Confirmed by exposure!



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