Technician Profile – Eric Steyer

Eric Steyer

What city of cities have you worked in for GPRS?

New Orleans / Gulf Coast, Portland / PacNW

What personal accomplishments are you proud of achieving at GPRS?

Growing the New Orleans market to sustain 2 GPRS employees.

Tell us about your spouse, family, kids, and/ or pets?

I have a girlfriend named Lisa, 2 brothers, one 3 years older named Jason and one 3 years younger named Adam, and a golden retriever named Maia.

What are your hobbies?

Sports, hiking, spending time with friends and family, trying new things, traveling.

What is your favorite sports team?

Notre Dame Fighting Irish

What is your favorite thing about the town you live in?

Well I just moved to Portland but so far there is nothing I DON’T like.

What has been your favorite job site that you have worked at and why?

LSU Stadium in Baton Rouge, because I’m a huge college football fan.

What is your favorite aspect of your work here at GPRS?

Every day is different and the constant opportunities to solve problems.

What is your favorite local restaurant?

Lawry’s – Chicago

What is your favorite vacation spot and why?

Who doesn’t love a cold drink in their hand and sand between their toes?

What is your claim to fame (what do people find really interesting about you)?

I am a closet singer/actor/dancer.

Do you have a motto that you live or work by if so what is it?

“Don’t sweat the small stuff, and it’s all small stuff”

What is your biggest personal goal in the next five years?

Marriage, house, start a family.

Underground Utilities Located in Warsaw, VA

The Richmond office of GPRS was recently subcontracted by Warsaw County Public Works to locate an underground water main so that could be used to provide water for a new site development project in the coming months. The scope of work was to locate the underground water main in an open field and provide a depth. After locating the line using GPR, it was confirmed by the county using the excavator and a test probe. For more information on how GPRS, Inc. can help you on your next project, please contact Jonathan Mappin at 757-319-1903 or by email at jonathan.mappin@gp-radar.com. GPRS, Inc. can also locate conduits, rebar, and post-tension cables in concrete.

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Concrete Scan on a Dam in Lake Lynn, PA

GPRS preformed a scanned on a dam in Lake Lynn, PA the engineer that hired GPRS did not want to hit any rebar within the concrete. So they called GPRS to locate the embedded rebar and mark it out on the concrete so they could drill with confidence.

For GPR projects or quotes in the Pittsburgh area or western Pennsylvania, contact Jacob Lammott at 412-292-3266, email jake.lammott@gp-radar.com, or visit www.gp-radar.com.

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Fiber Optic Locate | Silsbee, TX

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Ground Penetrating Radar Systems (GPRS) of the Houston, TX office was called by Gallagher Construction to scan for 4 unknown fiber optic cables at the new Silsbee ISD Elementary School. Nate Loyola, technician on site, used GPR (Ground Penetrating Radar) 400 MHz antenna to mark out the 1 inch conduit buried 3 feet under the ground! While performing the scan, he also used the RD7000 locator wand with the TX-3 sending radio waves through a CAT5 cable.

GPRS is the safest, most accurate method for locating underground utilities. While we are good locators we are also better consultants using every tool and strategy to locate what you need found. GPRS of the Houston, TX office covers Humble, Spring, Tomball, The Woodlands, Cypress, Katy, Missouri City, Sugarland, Pearland and Pasadena, TX. For more information on private utility locating or to arrange a Lunch and Learn Presentation, please contact Nate Loyola – Regional Manager at 832-262-3438 or Mitch Halquist – Project Manager at 713-253-7072. You can also email Nate at Nate.Loyola@gp-radar.com or Mitch at Mitch.Halquist@gp-radar.com. Call before you dig.

Ground Penetrating Radar Scan Performed in Metler, Southern CA

Ground Penetrating Radar Systems, Inc. – GPRS – of California was contacted by a telecommunications company to locate underground utilities in a large agricultural field just south of Bakersfield, CA. There is a large area where workers have machinery and a large telecommunication pole was to be placed there. The proposed drill was to be 30 feet deep with a diameter of 6 feet. GPR was used to scan the area to locate utilities. We also use Radio Detection for finding live power and communications signals and connecting to metal pipes and tracer wires. GPRS was able to locate 2 water and electrical lines. The pipes were painted on the surface and were provided with a depth.

Geophysical mapping is a great tool to scan areas of post tension cables, rebar, and conduits, including PVC pipes and can also be used to locate underground utilities prior to digging or excavating. Please contact Ground Penetrating Radar Systems – GPRS to learn how we can assist with your project. To locate rebar, post tension cables, voids, conduits, pipes or utilities in concrete or underground please contact us today. GPRS has offices throughout the entire state of California and performs GPR surveys throughout the entire state, including cities like Ventura, Santa Barbara, Thousand Oaks, Los Angeles, Irvine, Glendale, San Diego, Riverside, Simi Valley, Pasadena, Altadena, Torrance, Orange, Anaheim, Long Beach, Lancaster, and Bakersfield. Please contact Freddy Espinal at 805-729-5877 or freddy.espinal@gp-radra.com to learn more about ground penetrating radar and how GPRS can assist in your projects.

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Photo of area where cell tower is to be placed. To schedule service or obtain a quote, please contact Freddy Espinal 805-729-5877 or freddy.espinal@gp-radar.com.

GPRS Locates Utilities in Fueling Terminal – Jacksonville, FL

Ground Penetrating Radar Systems was contracted recently to complete a utility locate within a fueling terminal prior to installing a new pipe rack. Even though the project was simple, creating a pipe rack for approximately 100 linear feet to support a storm drain pipe, the project could easily have been complicated if a utility was struck during the digging process. The foundations for the pipe rack were to be augured out and concrete poured in. It was necessary to locate the electrical conduit, water lines, control lines and other underground utilities prior to drilling for the foundations, as a disruption of these services could cause a major shut down for the terminal. Following the investigation the contractor was able to install all foundations safely, with minimal risk in regards to endangering his employees or the facility in which they worked.

If you would like similar work completed or have questions regarding the capabilities of GPR and our services, please visit the “contact us” page at www.gp-radar.com . In the image below you can see GPRS technician Adam Yunker scanning with the 400 MHz antenna to locate underground utilities near an existing pipe bridge.

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Locating Underground Storage Tank at the Residential Home in Decatur, GA

Recently, GPRS was contacted to locate an underground storage tank (UST) and any other possible utilities within the backyard of a residential property. Plans for this property needed the location of the abandoned oil tank to be determined for any future work to proceed on the property.

With the 400 MHz antenna, GPRS technicians were able to scan a predetermined area and provide clear locations for soil borings. Using the 400 MHz antenna, the length, width and depth of the UST was able to be marked on the ground using spray paint. The 400 MHz antenna will typically reach depths from 8-12’. An SIR-3000 computer system is what displays the data for interpretation. Although this project did not require documentation showing the results of the survey, GPRS is capable of providing a written report to accompany the on-site markings.

In the pictures below you can see the UST clearly marked. With the mobility of the push cart we were able to scan the area in a quick and thorough fashion. The second photo is a probable septic tank that was not known to be on site and was added to be cored and sampled for the environmental studies.

If you would like a quote for a scan to possibly find a UST, please visit the “contact us” page at www.gp-radar.com to contact your local GPRS representative.

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Void Detection in Chicago, IL

GPRS was contacted by Roehrborn Development of Winnetka, IL to detect possible voids under an apartment building in Chicago, IL. The customer was renovating a kitchen in one of the apartments on the lower level and noticed the floor sinking towards the exterior wall. By using GPR, the technician on site, Brian Cox, was able to locate where the voids were. This enabled the customer to know where it would be effective to pump the slurry into the ground and prevent further sinking of the floor.

For GPRS applications in Northeast Illinois, including the Chicago and Rockford areas, call 312.882.0429 or 815.218.1122 or email brian.cox@gp-radar.com.

Void Detection in Chicago, IL

Utility Locating in Chicago, IL

GPRS was contacted by George Allen Construction of Mokena, IL to locate underground utilities at a BNSF railway yard in Chicago. The customer was planning on excavating prior to the construction of a new building. The technician on site, Brian Cox, used GPR to locate and mark out underground utilities. The customer could then use this information when they excavate to prevent costly damages to existing utilities.

For GPRS applications in Northeast Illinois, including the Chicago and Rockford areas, call 312.882.0429 or 815.218.1122 or email brian.cox@gp-radar.com.

BNSF railway yard in Chicago