Detection of Abandoned Underground Storage Tanks in Rights-of-way with Ground-penetrating Radar

Report No: 95-R20

Published in 1995

About the report:

Highway agencies need a simple, effective, nondestructive way to inspect certain properties in rights-of-way for the possible presence of abandoned underground storage tanks, without disturbing the ground, before actual construction begins. Overall, ground-penetrating radar (GPR) fills this need better than other nondestructive methods. This report explains why GPR was chosen over the other nondestructive methods available, discusses the principle of GPR, describes the basic radar equipment needed and the general procedures involved in conducting such inspections, and provides examples of the type of radar data such inspections produce.

Disclaimer Statement:The contents of this report reflect the views of the author(s), who is responsible for the facts and the accuracy of the data presented herein. The contents do not necessarily reflect the official views or policies of the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Commonwealth Transportation Board, or the Federal Highway Administration. This report does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation. Any inclusion of manufacturer names, trade names, or trademarks is for identification purposes only and is not to be considered an endorsement.


Other Authors

G. G. Clemeña, Alan W. French

Last updated: December 18, 2023

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