Geophysical methods and, in particular, ground penetrating radar, are being used more and more in the context of civil engineering asset management, says Aperio director Simon Brightwell.
Road and rail sectors are both embracing the technique, and he says that Aperio's new service, Reveal Construction Database, has been well received by highway engineers.
Reveal was launched in July, providing a view of the subsurface construction makeup of the UK road network via the internet.
'What is so different about Reveal is that the surveys are conducted up front and free of charge, ' says Brightwell.
'Engineers pay only for the processed results they order.' The technique lends itself to linear transport infrastructure.
'It is very much about getting a rapid overview of assets, which could otherwise be unmanageable in their scale.' www. aperio. co. uk