Lights hanging inside the O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library Center

Bill Barron and Michael Reuter

Major: Engineering
Topic: Design of a ground penetrating radar ceiling scanning device
Faculty Mentor:

Dr. James Ellingson

We designed a device to lift a Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) up to 16 feet in the air and still collapse to a size that is transportable in a car.  The GPR performs scans on concrete ceilings to check where rebar is inside of the concrete.  Some of the major challenges with this project were:

  • Designing a lift system that can range from roughly 5 feet to 16 feet
  • Compensating for change in ground or ceiling height as the scan is performed
  • Keeping the GPR parallel to the ceiling if the ceiling changes shape/direction slightly

Favorite Part:

Actually being able to design something that will be used at an engineering company and use the things we have learned in our classes to help with the design was probably the best part.  Having firsthand experience with the problems that can occur during design and learning how important communication is between other people involved in the project were things that we got more experience with and are invaluable in engineering.