1 – Planning stage
All available information about the site is gathered together into a project file. Key information, mapping and data on the target is collected. From the desktop study, the Radar profile grid is determined, but the plan is often finessed on the ground. Profile lines should be cleared by the client before the team arrives.
2 – Team Mobilization
Deployment of the Radar is straightforward. A team is comprised of two or three operators who deploy into the field on a commercial flight. The client is requested to provide resources – vehicles, accommodation, customs clearance assistance, as it might become necessary, etc.
3 – Field Data Collection
Data collection is simple and fast; over ice, water or bush. The Radar is pulled along the profile – the antennas must sit square on the ground. The client needs to clear tracks for the Radar survey (2m-wide strips) from large rocks, fallen trees and other debris so as to make them passable. Data is displayed in real time on the LCD giving a picture of subsurface layered structure. This allows a differential GPS to be used to mark key points of interest.
4 – Analysis & Report Submitting
Preliminary analysis can be conducted immediately on a laptop to confirm whether the survey objectives are being met in more detail. The preparation of full data analysis takes up to 2 weeks. A “remote analytical cell” of specialized consultants located globally are able to comment and assist the operator on the ground via an on‐line forum. Expert opinion and assistance can be sought overnight.