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Hi-MOD Delivery to Survey Design Services Ltd

Drilline have delivered a full four antenna version of the IDS Hi-MOD GPR mapping system to Survey Design Services Ltd based in Whitstable, Kent.  SDS Ltd has been a user of IDS GPR equipment for a few years and was already using the GRED post-processing software with data acquired using the Detector DUO, so the step-up to the Hi-MOD equipment, which is widely regarded as a professional mapping system, was an easy move for them.

The Hi-MOD is a versatile and modular GPR system that can be used in a single, twin, three or four antenna configuration to fit the project work being undertaken.

Picture shows Nolan Forwood, Director at Survey Design Services Ltd taking delivery of the system from Colin Tickle, MD of Drilline Products.

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Drilline on BBC Springwatch Programme

For many years now Drilline Products has supported the activities and the visions of the UKSTT, many leads that come into the Society are for project related ventures.  With this in mind I was a little surprised when I received a call from the Chair of the Membership Committee staying that the production editor from the BBC Springwatch programme had been in touch.  Apparently Chris Packham, honorary patron of the UKSTT, had contacted the Springwatch editor and requested that they try and use one of our trenchless technologies, ground penetrating radar, to locate and map badger tunnels and chambers during one of the episodes in this year’s schedule.


We immediately took up the challenge and decided to try out our new Opera DUO GPR system and put it through its paces. As the results were being broadcast on national television in front of around 10 million viewers, we decided to do a test run.  With the authority of the RSPB Minsmere head warden we turned up one lovely sunny morning to assess, plot out and finally map the area in which the badgers were located.  The surface ground was awful however the below surface was sand which is particularly favourable for GPR.  


Drilline together with the new IDS Opera DUO was invited to appear on the BBC Springwatch Programme.  Through an enquiry from the UKSTT and a personal invitation from the host presenter Chris Packham Drilline was asked to locate and map a set of badger tunnels and chambers at the RSPB Minsmere nature reserve in Suffolk.


After a hard day collecting data and filming with the BBC outside broadcast team, we returned with the raw data back to the office.  The confidence was high for some excellent results because the ground was predominantly sand although the actual surface was poor to acquire the data.  After running it through the IDS post-processing software we can up with some incredible results.  We located several tunnels that linked to sleeping/living chambers with one chamber located underneath another.


The BBC took our findings from the software and created a fantastic 3D rotation image of the subsurface which the badgers were living in.


Follow the link below to watch the episode on You Tube, starts around 4.30 mins into the clip:

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Drilline delivers the first IDS Opera DUO GPR in the world

MK Surveys is the first in the world to purchase a new and innovative ground penetrating radar system, the Opera DUO.

This new GPR system is designed and engineered for easier and faster collection of deep and shallow depth data, over all terrain. There is no need to perform calibrations or manual adjustments. It is an easy ‘click and go’ operation.  The duel encoder system allows the operator to cover ground without losing distance measurements. The system integrates with GPS and an intuitive interface gives the operator the ability to export data and generate professional survey reports whilst on site.

The initial acquisition of innovative GPR equipment as soon as it is released to the international market has enabled MK Surveys to steadily expand their utility services. Originally, the MK Surveys utility department included one surveyor and a single GPR unit, a strong contrast to the team of ten that make up the department today who operate a fleet of detector DUO GPR units daily. MK Surveys Director David Rust said “With insight and advice from Drilline Products we were able to respond quickly to the increased demand for underground surveys that started around seven years ago.”

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