Conducting snow and ice surveys in Alaska, Canada, the lower 48, and Antarctica since 2011
We've towed the radar behind us on foot and on skis, pulled it with snowmachines, slung it off Snowcats, pulled it with Tuckers, and flown it from helicopters, collecting hundreds of kilometers of data while operating safely from remote field camps at temperatures ranging down to -58F/-50C. We've collected GPR data on sea ice, lake ice, river ice, Alaskan glaciers, Antarctic glaciers, rock glaciers, and over snow from Antarctica to the Canadian MacKenzie River Delta and throughout Alaska. Our expertise in snow and ice data processing and data quality control enables you to maximize the results from your ice and snow measurements and promote safe operations in extreme conditions!
Glacier surveys using GPR
We're the experts - No other Alaskan company has our level of expertise with ground-penetrating-radar data collection and processing on Alaskan glaciers. We've collected and processed hundreds of kilometers of GPR data at Alaska glaciers throughout the state, including Wolverine Glacier, Saksaia and South Saksaia Glaciers, Lemon Creek Glacier, Taku Glacier, Gulkana Glacier, Eklutna Glacier, Punchbowl Glacier, and Ruth Glacier.
Best practices for measuring winter road ice thickness using GPR
When winter roads and ice bridges across rivers and lakes are used to transport people and goods, safety is critical; the thinnest ice at each crossing must support the total combined weight of vehicles and their heavy loads. Frequent monitoring is required to ensure the ice does not deteriorate by various mechanisms: melting, below surface currents, gas pockets, etc. As ice thickens in the winter, frequent monitoring also allows the load weight limits to increase, improving transportation efficiency. The most accurate non-invasive method to determine true ice thickness is to supply ground coverage with a Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) system, thereby providing a continuous measurement of ice thickness over the entire length of the ice road. GPR measurements must be calibrated with ice coring, but the number of cores can be greatly reduced, thereby promoting efficiency and reducing operator exposure and cost. Our expertise in GPR data acquisition and processing can help you maintain safe working roads for your projects.