At ACS Underground Solutions we spend our days looking for water lines, gas lines and electrical conduits, performing concrete imaging, locating post tension cables, rebar and searching out other objects such as underground storage tanks (UST). However, there are additional uses for Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) that are not as widely discussed or as common. GPR is a great tool for forensic investigation in grave/cemetery mapping. We can assist a variety of law enforcement agencies and officials.
Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) is most commonly known for its private utility locating ability or its capacity to find embedded objects in concrete. Our services are especially helpful in homicide investigations in which buried weapons and/or human remains are undetectable at the surface level.
ACS Underground Solutions was contacted by a client to perform a forensic investigation and scan a residential concrete slab garage floor in Remsen, NY. Client had suspicion that missing person was buried under the slab in specific area. We mobilized to the site and after we received permission from the current homeowner we began to perform our GPR investigation. However, after the area was scanned ACS did not find any objects buried in the concrete slab.
State troopers and local town sheriff on site had reason to believe that a body had been possibly buried in the backyard of this residence. So, we scanned the entire yard in a grid pattern. The pattern was spaced evenly to ensure that the scan was accurate and complete. ACS Underground Solutions was able to determine a few specific areas where a recommendation was given to dig to determine what was causing the anomaly to appear in the radar data consistently. While still on site, the officers received permission to gently excavate the areas in question but they were not able to dig deep enough by hand so they had to return another day with a backhoe. Both law enforcement agencies and the Client were very pleased with the results of our scan, and ACS Underground Solutions was glad to have been able to help in the search for this missing person.
As you can see, there are many uses for Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR). You may not have a forensic investigation to perform, but you may need to find a post tension cable or locate a pipe. Consider hiring the most experienced Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) company in the Tri-State and New England we serve NY, CT, NJ, MA & RI. ACS Underground Solutions can aid law enforcement agencies in the investigation process by providing information about the location and orientation of potential objects of interest buried beneath soil, concrete or within existing structures.
ACS Underground Solutions is private family owned consulting company with decades of experience and deep expertise in virtually all types of utility locating, leak detection, sewer inspection services, and more. Hundreds of engineering firms, higher education institutions, municipalities, construction companies, architectural practices, and others have hired us for work in Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Indianapolis, Missouri, and even outside the United States—in Barbados.
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