Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) Market size is expected to witness commendable growth over 2021-2027. This growth is due to the escalating usage of GPR systems to map and discover underground utilities and potential hazards to provide a safe construction and excavation environment. California-based ExceeD GPR & Locating, for example, combines radio detection equipment with the UtilityScan Pro ground penetrating radar system to help real estate agents and other clients locate underground infrastructure.
Ground penetrating radar refers to a near-surface geophysical technique that provides high-resolution images of dielectric properties of the upper surface of the Earth. GPR images are used to obtain various models of the subsurface architecture and assist in identifying the hydrogeologic properties like permeability, porosity, and water content.
Rising uptake of green technology such as EVs and the subsequent rise in mineral exploration processes for metal extraction are the prominent trends bolstering the ground penetrating radar market outlook. The high deployment of the GPR technology in geology as well as in search and rescue operations after avalanches will further drive the equipment demand. However, limitations associated with the detection of low and non-metallic substances and the availability of alternative techniques like electrical resistivity imaging may impede the industry outlook.
In terms of segmentation by application, the archeology segment is expected to hold a significant GPR market share by 2027. This is due to the mounting adoption of GPR as a convenient geophysical survey technique to detect buried archeological targets. Growth from this segment will further be propelled by escalating usage of the technology to map cemeteries where graves are not well marked or visible from the surface.
On the regional front, the North America ground penetrating radar (GPR) market will depict a substantial growth rate through 2027. This is driven by the expanding construction sector and the high spending on-transportation infrastructure projects across the region. In 2020, the U.S. government announced the allocation of USD 400 million for four transit infrastructure projects in New Jersey, Missouri, Indiana, and Arizona.
Key ground penetrating radar market players include Utsi Electronics Ltd., US Radar Inc., SSI Services, Sensors & Software Inc., Sandberg LLP, Radiodetection Ltd. (SPX Corporation), PipeHawk plc, Penetradar Corp., National GPR Service, Inc., MALA GPR, Leica Geosystems, IDS GeoRadar, Hilti, Guideline Geo, GeoSearches Inc., Geoscanners AB, Geophysical Survey Systems, Inc., and Chemring Group, among others. These firms are implementing strategies like innovative product launches and mergers and acquisitions to expand their business portfolio in the global market.
For example, in March 2020, IDS GeoRadar unveiled IQMaps, its latest GPR data analysis software. The software was designed to deliver real-time visualization and utility mapping of archeological and environmental surveys and other large-sized projects.
The novel coronavirus outbreak has had an immediate impact on the economies and industry verticals worldwide, including mining. The economic crisis and lack of personnel have influenced several mining businesses to close their direct mine sites. Several restrictions had also been implemented to ensure the health and safety of the local communities and employees, which could create an indirect impact on the GPR market outlook.
However, the gradual increase in geological surveys, even during the pandemic, may help the market regain traction over the forecast spell. For example, under the USGS Mendenhall Research Fellowship Program, a team was organized to visit Mullet Key and other local islands to collect sediment cores to reconstruct their geologic history. The team used ground-penetrating radar equipment to visualize varied sediment layers beneath the islands and examine the processes that resulted in their modern structure.