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Earth Radar - Mining

Subsurface Utility Information (SUI) & Geophysical

Our team of SUI Locating Technicians and Survey Engineers have a combined wealth of experience working within the Mining sector. Through a combination of Electro-Magnetic Induction (EMI) and our Latro™ 3D-Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) we are able to ‘see’ and map where existing pipes, conduits, cables and assets are below the surface.

We work with resources sector companies, state government agencies and industry partners to provide our professional services. All of our deliverables are generated in line with the Australian Standards AS 5488—2013.

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A detailed and accurate understanding of the SUI present within a site offers many benefits: it enables best practise, minimises risk to employees and others, mitigates damage to third party asset owners and reduces costly time over-runs and variations from unknown service strikes or conflicts.

Earth Radar’s deliverables are designed to clearly show the level of confidence to which the SUI shown has been determined and import seamlessly into our clients existing design environment.

This means we offer more than just paint on the ground; we offer a tailored deliverable that we will stand behind and be accountable for.

Earth Radar offer many services relevant to the Mining sector including but not limited to:

  • Ground/Rock Profiling Survey
  • Surface Characteristics
  • Layer Assessment
  • Environmental Imaging
  • Concrete and Structure (such as bridge decks) Investigations
  • 3D GPR Surveys
  • SUI Locating, Survey, Mapping, Proving and Verification
  • RFID Marker Balls
  • Environmental and Subsurface Reality Capture
  • Concrete Scanning
  • Void/Defect Detection
  • Mapping, Modelling, Reporting and Visualisation
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Case Study:

Glendower Gas Fields, QLD

Rock Profile Survey

The Challenge:

The cost of the civil works to trench and install buried pipelines/cable(s) is significantly affected by the density of the ground to be excavated. GPR can be used to profile the ground to allow optimal excavation and trenching techniques to be applied; minimizing cost and optimizing delivery.When excavating a trench, traditionally two methods are used:

Ploughing - Viable in soft-stiff clay and minor rock. Can trench in the order of 2km per day.

Trenching - Capable to excavate through medium-hard rock. Can trench in the order of 200 – 800m per day depending on rock conditions.

The Solution:

Earth Radar’s trained team of Geophysical specialists are able to use GPR (Ground Penetrating Radar) to survey the ground conditions along a proposed corridor.

By geo-referencing the GPR data, it is possible to then assess the ground conditions along the route identifying areas suitable for ploughing and areas where trenching will be required. Additionally, the GPR is able to identify any other anomalies observed along the route such as areas with significant amounts of buried rocks/boulders or other subterranean features.

Through assessing the ground density along a proposed trench route, it is possible to determine the most optimal approach for individual sections of the route dependant on ground conditions. This enables the most efficient, cost effective and timely approach to be calculated; significantly saving time and increasing profit margins.

Contact Earth Radar today to arrange a personalised obligation-free quote.


Headquarters – 

70 Darlington Drive, Yatala QLD 4207


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