GPR Training Class

$1800 per person

GPR Training Sponsors

Staking University would like to extend a huge thanks to our sponsors for donating top-of-the-line GPR equipment for our use in conducting GPR for Utility Locating training sessions. These types of relationships shared between manufacturers and training organizations make educating the growing GPR community possible. Thank you all for making this possible! We at Staking University are looking forward to continued partnerships to showcase the ever-evolving equipment and sharing it with the eager to learn GPR community. With instructor Dr. Dennis Prezbindowski, the GPR program at Staking University is moving forward with more classes scheduled and the ability to extend onsite trainings to more places across the country.

The objective of our GPR Training Class is to provide interactive, practical, hands-on GPR training for entry to intermediate level utility locators who want to integrate GPR imaging into their locating / subsurface site characterization services. Participants will receive hands-on project experience with multiple GPR instruments with continued discussions of how it compliments EM locating technology. Class size is limited to eight individuals to insure a quality training experience for each attendee.


The 3-day training program is held at Staking University in Manteno, IL, USA. Staking University is one of the leading EM locator training organizations in the world and provides an urban setting conducive to conducting realistic EM and GPR imaging projects.


Dr. Dennis Prezbindowski is the principle instructor for this 3-day Staking University GPR training course. Dennis earned a PhD in Geology from the University of Texas in 1981 and is a certified EM utility locator and a professional geologist.

He has extensive field experience in the use of GPR and other geophysical instrumentation for utility locating and subsurface site characterization. He has also presented numerous GPR seminars over the last 14 years.

Read articles by Dr. Prezbindowski in American Locator magazine, including his latest study, “Depths to Utility Targets as Determined by GPR Imaging: A Field Study of Factors that Affect Depth Calculations.” 

Assistant Instructor

Thomas Larkin is the assistant instructor for Dr. Prezbindowski. Thomas is a Purdue University student finishing up a degree in Computer Engineering. Working with Staking University and Utility Locating LLC since 2018 in both electromagnetics and ground penetrating radar for utility locating, training, and mapping purposes.

Thomas has worked on utility locating and mapping projects at multiple Illinois Veterans’ Homes and residential areas in the Chicagoland area. Currently working with Dr. Dennis Prezbindowski at S.U. as assistant GPR instructor. Other experience includes building and piloting drones, building and maintaining computers, coding in Python, Java, C++, ARM Assembly, and MySQL, as well as photography and videography.

GPR class 2020 at Staking U 2Class Outline

Operating principles of a GPR instrument:
  • Brief history
  • Applications of GPR Technology
  • GPR is a powerful tool for noninvasively imaging the subsurface
  • Site conditions that control GPR imaging capabilities
  • Electromagnetic properties of materials and it impact on GPR imaging
  • Understanding and interpreting GPR image profiles
  • Limitations to GPR imaging
  • Application to subsurface utility locating
  • Basics of data processing
  • How GPR technology compliments EM locating technology
How to use GPR Instruments:
  • Learn and demonstrate operating proficiencies with GPR instruments
  • Field operation with GPR instrument First Field Project How does GPR imaging compliment EM locating efforts?
  • Objective(s) determine best approach to GPR imaging project
  • Accessibility GPR and EM differences
  • Standard GPR search patterns
  • Documentation of findings How? and Why?
Conducting GPR Imaging projects:
  • Discussion of GPR best practices
  • Utility locating GPR imaging field projects
  • Qualitative GPR imaging projects paint on the ground
  • Quantitative GPR projects discussion
    • Line projects
    • GPR response maps
    • GPR response 3D models
  • Basic GPR Data processing
  • Field training, exercises and discussions
  • Field training and independent team field projects will be conducted.
  • The project results for each field project will be jointly discussed by all participants to determine best project interpretations and practices.
  • How can improvements be made in the implementation of the field project
  • Discuss how to most effectively transmit GPR project results to your management and your client(s).
Review of certification requirements and then a written and hands-on certification testing:
  • Staking University’s Hands-on Instrument Certification Test assesses the individual locator’s competency, regardless of instrument or utility located. To pass, a Staking University student must demonstrate that they have a command of the GPR instrument by performing in three areas of concentration as listed below:
    • General knowledge of the GPR instrument
    • Ability to independently access the likelihood of successfully conducting a GPR imaging survey for utility targets in the field.
    • Ability to interpret GPR image survey results from a field project

GPR Testimonial from-Ily Nunn

Cancellation Policy for Courses

Cancellation up to 2 weeks before the first day of class, 85% refund. Within 2 weeks to 3 days of class, a 50% refund. Within 72 hrs., no refund. At any time, you may choose to reschedule and apply full funds to a future class.

Upcoming Classes

3 Day GPR Training – Manteno, IL

Staking University 411 S. Evergreen St., Manteno, IL
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Staking U’s Locator Certification Seminars (LCS) are designed to aid locators in developing: Superior troubleshooting techniques, skills to consistently provide accurate and complete utility location information, a mastery of locating equipment, and skills required to pass Staking U’s locator certification test. The Locator Certification Seminar includes classroom learning and outdoor presentations. An opportunity to take Staking U’s written certification test is available at the end of class.

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