US Radar is launching version 5.0 of its Seeker acquisition software, which automates several key capabilities to help assure the accuracy of the company's ground-penetrating radar (GPR) systems.

Seeker 5.0 simplifies use of both the software and the GPR equipment by automating several crucial settings such as gain control, which adjusts the gain of the radar signal to enhance underground target identification and layer tracing. Seeker 5.0 also automatically recognizes and confirms the GPR system’s antenna and configures antenna-specific settings such as depth range and encoder interval.

“By automating the most important settings, we’ve made Seeker 5.0 much easier to use accurately and productively,” says Matt Keys, system engineer with US Radar, a leading manufacturer of subsurface imaging systems. “Correctly setting the gain level takes experience, especially continuing to adjust it while using the GPR system. Automatic gain control is especially helpful to simplify and streamline the process for GPR operators at any level of expertise.” Keys says the software also includes an industry-exclusive override capability to enable experienced operators to manually set gain levels.

US Radar’s Seeker acquisition software is included with each of the company’s GPR units. The software provides a wide range of capabilities, beginning with its user-friendly, graphical display of data that presents clear, color-coded imagery, making target recognition easy and accurate.

“In previous versions, the operator had to know which antenna the system was using and then manually enter the settings to enable the use of the specific antenna model,” Keys says. “The new software takes the guesswork out of this process by automatically recognizing the antenna and accurately establishing all the proper settings, which reduces the opportunity for errors.” In addition to automatic gain-control and antenna set-up capabilities, the software offers such features as soil condition calibration, geo-positioning and backtracking, data recording and storage, distance measurement, and highlighting and annotating specific locations, positions and depths.

Seeker software is compatible with a wide variety of complementary software applications, including 3D rendering, image processing, topography and mapping, animation, data-filtering, and various data importing and exporting utilities.

About US Radar

US Radar is a manufacturer and distributor of surface-penetrating radar systems, also known as ground-penetrating radar systems. The company was formed in 1994 to adapt the military-grade GPR technology for commercial applications. Today, US Radar products are used in utility and structural applications, environmental and geophysical applications, archeological and humanitarian applications, and law enforcement. US Radar does its own software, hardware and equipment engineering and manufacturing. The company is based in Matawan, N.J.