Automatic Data Processing Procedure for Ground Probing Radar

Toru SATO  Kenya TAKADA  Toshio WAKAYAMA  Iwane KIMURA  Tomoyuki ABE  Tetsuya SHINBO  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E77-B    No.6    pp.831-837
Publication Date: 1994/06/25
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Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Electronic and Radio Applications
aperture synthesis,  pulse compression,  underground detection,  automatic data processing,  optimization,  ground probing radar,  

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We developed an automatic data processing algorithm for a ground-probing radar which is essential in analyzing a large amount of data by a non-expert. Its aim is to obtain an optimum result that the conventional technique can give, without the assistance of an experienced operator. The algorithm is general except that it postulates the existence of at least one isolated target in the radar image. The raw images of underground objects are compressed in the vertical and the horizontal directions by using a pulse-compression filter and the aperture synthesis technique, respectively. The test function needed to configure the compression filter is automatically selected from the given image. The sensitivity of the compression filter is adjusted to minimize the magnitude of spurious responses. The propagation velocity needed to perform the aperture synthesis is determined by fitting a hyperbola to the selected echo trace. We verified the algorithm by applying it to the data obtained at two test sites with different magnitude of clutter echoes.