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Training is a big part of what we do here at GSSI and we are exceptionally proud of the professionalism of our trainers and the quality of our instruction. We believe training is important because serious professionals know that proper training on the equipment and in the application area is key to long-term success and the avoidance of costly claims. GSSI has a staff of full- time trainers teaching over 40 GPR classes each year within the United States and Canada. One of our trainers is also based on the West coast and is available long after the main office in New Hampshire has closed for the day.

GSSI also maintains authorized training centers throughout the world.

GSSI training courses are organized into two tiers: Intro and Advanced. The intro classes assume no prior knowledge of GPR or EM technology. These include StructureScan Optical, UtilityScan and Profiler. The Advanced classes assume prior attendance of an intro class or working experience with the technology. They are typically for users who want to branch out into areas beyond the basic applications. These include BridgeScan, Roadscan and RADAN Data Processing.

GSSI offers free training for two persons with the purchase of a GPR system and one person with the purchase of a Profiler. Contact your GSSI sales representative for details and to sign up. Classes are regularly scheduled, but GSSI can often accommodate if one doesn't fit in to your plans. Contact the Training Manager for details.

GSSI customer support is always free, and there is no time limit. If you have any questions or would like a second opinion on something you see in your data, just call in and ask for a Trainer. Feel free to Ask our Expert at no charge!

For more information: GSSI Training brochure

Training Schedule for GSSI Headquarters

  StructureScan
Optical
Advanced
Concrete
UtilityScan Bridge or
Highway
Mapping
RADAN Profiler
2011  
May 10-12   17-18      
June 7-9   14-15   21-23  
July 18-20   21-22 13-14 Bridge   26-27
August 15-17   18-19      
September 12-14   15-16   20-22  
October 3-5   6-7 19-20 Road    
November 7-9   10-11      
December 5-7       13-15  

Training Schedule for GSSI West

West Coast training class locations are variable.  Please contact the Training Department at GSSI to confirm dates and locations.

  StructureScan
Optical
UtilityScan RADAN
2011  
March (Nevada) 14-16 17-18  
April (Nevada) 18-20 21-22  
May (Oregon) 2-4 5-6  
June (Oregon) 13-15 16-17  
July (Oregon) 25-27 28-29  
August(Oregon) 8-10 11-12  
September (Oregon) 19-21 22-23  
October (Oregon) 17-19 20-21  

GSSI Headquarters

GSSI offers nearly 40 GPR training classes per year at its training facility at the Salem, NH headquarters. Classes are taught by GSSI Training Department staff in a variety of test environments simulating real-world structures and conditions. Data processing and interpretation classes make use of the computer training lab and GSSI's vast library of example files. Students are encouraged to bring their own equipment and data if they wish.

GSSI West

The GSSI West Training Department Staff are fully mobile. Classes are typically given at a hotel in the Eugene, Oregon area, as well as at roving locations all over the Western US and Canada.  The GSSI West Training Trailer can also come to you if needed. Inside the trailer is a specially poured concrete slab containing a wide variety of objects for scanning and practicing. GSSI West staff also provide valuable phone support and service loaner equipment. Since GSSI West staff are based in the Pacific time zone, they can provide service well after GSSI Salem HQ staff have gone home for the night.

GSSI Onsite Training

GSSI also offers onsite training. One of GSSI’s professional trainers will come to your site for personalized instruction on your application and in your conditions. Classes typically run from 2-3 days. Please contact GSSI for pricing and availability.

Authorized Training Centers

GSSI partners with several companies to better meet the growing training needs of our customers. The personnel at these companies have been trained by GSSI, and the course curricula and training materials are approved. If you are interested in taking a training course at one of these locations, please contact the training center directly.

CAB Ventures, Inc. - Austin, Texas, USA. CAB Ventures has over seven years experience providing training and support to GSSI customers, both owners and renters of systems. Training and technical support is available for SIR-3000, SIR-20,
SIR-2000, SIR-2/2000 and Profiler EMP-400 based systems. For more information call 512-719-4225 or email CABVentures@juno.com.

GeoHiRes International - Borken, Germany. Training is available for all systems and software. For more information call
49 (0) 2861-602075or email info@geohires.com.

Georadar Research Pty Ltd. - Coffs Harbour, NSW, Australia. Training is available for StructureScan Optical, UtilityScan and Profiler EMP-400 based systems. For more information call 02 66 544162 or email georadar@bigpond.com.

StructureScan Optical is a three-day introductory GPR course designed for users of GSSI’s popular StructureScan Optical concrete imaging system. This course is offered at GSSI Headquarters in Salem, NH and at GSSI West at different locations up and down the west coast. Students will gain valuable hands-on experience working with the equipment in GSSI's concrete training lab.

Learn how to:

  • Understand the GPR method
  • Locate and mark objects to find clear spots to core
  • Accurately calculate the depth to embedded objects
  • Identify conduit, wire mesh, rebar, and post tension cables in a slab
  • Prepare 3D images of the slab for client reports
  • Discuss liability concerns and business development strategies

StructureScan Optical Training Course Outline and Info Packet PDF document

GSSI West - StructureScan Optical Training Course Outline and Info Packet (Oregon) PDF document

GSSI West - StructureScan Optical Training Course Outline and Info Packet (Nevada) PDF document

Advanced Concrete Class

Summary: This two-day class is meant as a next step for those customers who want to expand their knowledge base beyond the basic StructureScan Optical class. It expands beyond the simple real-time marking application and focuses on using the system and software to solve analytical problems. Students are encouraged to bring any problem data that they may be working on.

Prerequisite: Attendance in a GSSI StructureScan class or sufficient work experience. Students should also be comfortable working in a computer and have a basic proficiency with MS Office.

The UtilityScan course is a two-day introductory GPR course designed for users of GSSI’s popular UtilityScan line of shallow ground investigation GPR systems. This course is offered at GSSI Headquarters in Salem, NH and at GSSI West at different locations up and down the west coast. Students will gain valuable hands-on experience working with the equipment and processing the data. While many students come to this class for underground utility locating training, GSSI trainers may suggest this class to introductory level students from other applications.

Learn how to:

  • Understand the GPR method
  • Locate and mark objects to find clear spots to dig
  • Accurately calculate the depth to buried objects
  • Prepare 3D images of the test pit for client reports
  • Discuss liability concerns and business development strategies

UtilityScan Training Course Outline and Info Packet PDF documetn

GSSI West - UtilityScan Training Course Outline and Info Packet (Oregon)PDF documetn

GSSI West - UtilityScan Training Course Outline and Info Packet (Nevada)PDF documetn

BridgeScan is a two-day advanced GPR course designed for users of GSSI’s BridgeScan system for locating areas of deterioration in reinforced concrete structures. This course is offered at GSSI Headquarters in Salem, NH and at GSSI West at different locations up and down the west coast. Students will gain valuable hands-on experience processing GPR data collected on bridge decks from different parts of the United States. BridgeScan is an advanced class, and GSSI recommends that students have some experience with GPR technology or bridge construction/maintenance techniques prior to attending.

In addition to the RADAN software with the Bridge Assessment Module, we will also use a piece of third-party software, DPlot, in this class. DPlot is an add-in for Microsoft Excel. It is available online from www.dplot.com.

Learn how to:

  • Understand the GPR method as it pertains to concrete deterioration mapping
  • Locate and mark objects to find clear spots to dig
  • Accurately calculate the depth to embedded steel
  • Calculate the percentage of deteriorated area on the bridge deck
  • Prepare contour maps showing deteriorated sections

BridgeScan Training Course Outline and Info Packet PDF document

RoadScan is a two-day advanced GPR course designed for users of GSSI’s RoadScan system for mapping asphalt thickness on paved roadways. Due to the level of customization required, RoadScan is usually treated as an onsite training class. However, it is offered at GSSI Headquarters in Salem, NH approximately twice per year. Students will gain valuable hands-on experience collecting and processing GPR data collected on different types of road structures. RoadScan is an advanced class, and GSSI recommends that students have some experience with GPR technology or road construction/maintenance techniques prior to attending.

Learn how to:

  • Understand the GPR method as it pertains to concrete deterioration mapping
  • Configure GSSI equipment on your survey vehicle
  • Accurately calculate layer thickness of overall pavement and individual paving courses
  • Configure the data into a reporting format usable by pavement engineers and State DOT’s

RoadScan Training Course Outline and Info Packet PDF document

This two-day class covers the field operation of the Profiler EMP-400 unit. It is an introductory course and no prior experience with EM tools is assumed. This course is offered at GSSI Headquarters in Salem, NH. Students will participate in a hands-on learning session focusing on system setup, survey considerations, data download and basic interpretation. A third-party software package, Surfer, is used for generating contour maps. Many students find it useful to become familiar with Surfer prior to attending the class.

Surfer is available from Golden Software at http://www.goldensoftware.com/.

Learn how to:

  • Understand the EM method
  • Configure and set up the Profiler for field survey
  • Attach and work with an external GPS
  • Collect data
  • Download and produce images

Profiler Training Course Outline and Info Packet PDF document

RADAN is GSSI’s most advanced GPR course offering. The three-day class is designed for users of GSSI’s RADAN GPR processing package, and all application areas are welcome. The typical student in the RADAN class is extremely comfortable working in a Windows environment and has had at least one year of field experience with GPR. The class teaches GPR signal processing, advanced 3D imaging and interactive analysis tools.  We also will dabble in Microsoft Excel. RADAN is offered four times per year at GSSI Headquarters in Salem, NH and occasionally at GSSI West.  RADAN is an advanced class, and GSSI recommends that students have a high comfort level working with GPR and computers in general prior to attending.

GSSI also encourages you to bring your own data for use in the class. The third day of the course is open to class interpretation of student data.

RADAN Training Course Outline and Info Packet PDF document