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Toledo’s GPRS ‘Goes Hollywood’ to Help Bring Augmented Reality to the NFL

TOLEDO, Ohio -- When football fans tune in this season to watch their favorite teams play, and marvel at the amazing 3D mixed reality graphics that seem to leap off the field and onto their screens, they won't realize that a Toledo-based company - GPRS, and their latest acquisition, TruePoint Laser Scanning - played a large part in their enhanced fan experience.

Videos of Baltimore's menacing raven swooping in to perch on the uprights at M&T Bank Stadium and a fearsome panther stalking across the roof of Bank of America Stadium have gone viral, with millions of hits online, and they showcase just some of GPRS/TruePoint's exceptional work for clients like The Famous Group, who create the amazing mixed reality (MR) graphics for the NFL, among others.

Toledo's engineering powerhouse laser scans every millimeter of an NFL stadium (or NBA court, NHL rink, MLB diamond, or PGA course) to create the hyper-accurate 3D models that Hollywood special effects makers need to bring those video-game-inspired graphics to life.

In a recent interview, The Famous Group's Greg Harvey shared his thoughts about the particular difficulties associated with making the unreal, real, for the Baltimore Ravens:

"The beauty of mixed reality is the ability of computer-generated objects to interact with the physical environment, this sells the realism. To achieve this, parts of the stadium were captured with a laser-scanning technique. We scanned where the goal post was, where the field was, the vertical boards and brought that into a computer. When the bird is actually on the uprights, its claws wrap around the crossbar and its wings appear behind the uprights."

The Famous Group has tasked TruePoint with everything from creating a delicate 3D mesh virtual model of the "Gentle Giant" sculpture they used to create the North Carolina team's Panther in 3D, to scanning the entirety of the 3.1 million square feet of L.A.'s SoFi Stadium for Super Bowl LVI's amazing mixed reality effects, which featured everything from Halle Berry to a perfectly rendered L.A. Memorial Coliseum, to virtual drones delivering the Vince Lombardi Trophy to centerfield.

None of those mind-boggling, real-time fan experiences could have occurred without GPRS/ TruePoint 3D laser scans, point clouds, and 3D models. TruePoint's Director of Laser Scanning, Ryan Hacker loves watching people's reaction to what they do.

"My favorite thing is to sit with a client, either a new client or somebody that just hasn't used laser scanning a lot, and just watch their jaw drop as they realize how much information they truly have at their fingertips," he shared with the Wrapped 2020 podcast.

One of the most unexpected outcomes of GPRS' recent acquisition of TruePoint Laser Scanning is how it brings professional football - and a host of other pro sports - to the forefront for this construction-centered business. Sr. Vice President of Customer Service & Marketing, Jason Schaff, explains why the work for pro sports differs from their usual construction-based contracts.

"Most of the work we do is completed and then we move on to the next project. These types of projects are rewarding because you can see the results of your efforts down the road implemented in such a unique way."

GPRS & TruePoint are full of former college and professional players and football fans who consider this work a special privilege.

About Ground Penetrating Radar Systems:

GPRS, headquartered in Toledo, Ohio, visualizes the built world by providing utility locating, concrete scanning, 3D laser scanning, video pipe inspection, leak detection, and mapping & modeling services to utilities, contractors, engineering firms, and environmental consultants in every major market in the United States.

To learn more, visit https://www.gp-radar.com/.

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GPRS Acquires TruePoint Laser Scanning

TOLEDO, Ohio -- Ground Penetrating Radar Systems, LLC (GPRS) has acquired TruePoint Laser Scanning, LLC. TruePoint Laser Scanning is a leading provider of 3D laser scanning services to the architecture, engineering, and construction industry.

"We're very excited about this acquisition," said Jason Schaff, Senior Vice President of Customer Service at GPRS. "The new partnership with TruePoint allows us to serve customers both in subsurface locating and above-ground mapping."

Ryan Hacker, President of TruePoint Laser Scanning, added, "GPRS is the leading service provider in the subsurface damage prevention industry. We're excited to join them in their mission and add our capabilities to their expanding vision."

TruePoint provides as-built surveys, 2D CAD drawings, and 3D BIM models for buildings, plants, facilities, and sites. Their services help expedite design planning, prefabrication, asset management, and facility modifications.

"This TruePoint Laser Scanning acquisition is a big step for GPRS," said Matt Aston, President of GPRS. The acquisition of TruePoint indicates a new step toward above-ground mapping services. "TruePoint Laser Scanning is an excellent company with impressive laser scanning capabilities. Our goal is to work more closely with their management team and fully utilize their services to serve our clients' needs better."

As GPRS approaches the launch of their newest offering, SiteMap, this acquisition indicates their future as a robust service provider, both for above-ground and belowground mapping and safety services.

About GPRS:

GPRS, headquartered in Toledo, Ohio, provides private utility locating and concrete scanning services to utilities, contractors, engineering firms, and environmental consultants in every major market in the United States. To learn more, visit https://www.gp-radar.com/.

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GPRS Creates a Novel Geospatial Solution: SiteMap

TOLEDO, Ohio -- Ground Penetrating Radar Systems, LLC (GPRS) is releasing a new software and service named SiteMap. GPRS is a private concrete scanning, utility locating, and leak detection company that provides critical subsurface mapping to construction contractors and facility managers. This new service offering will be the first of its kind in the private subsurface locating industry.

GPRS has been in collaborative efforts with the University of Toledo to test the new software to ensure that it delivers the functionality that its clients will require.

Jamie Althauser, Field Support Director of GPRS, said this about the company's new service offering, "The problem that GPRS is trying to solve is that the university is currently maintaining their records through multiple fragmented, unreliable platforms that are difficult to manage. We're providing an end-to-end solution for utility management and location data through a cloud-based solution that will allow greater efficiency, collaboration, and sharing."

GPRS has completed hundreds of thousands of subsurface scanning projects and keeps detailed documentation of its services. This documentation has been used to compile a comprehensive cloud service for future excavation, renovation, and construction projects.

Brian Skelding, GPRS's Director of Digital Transformation, said, "We believe SiteMap will empower our clients, providing critical information to their teams and project partners, both in the field and in the office. Not only will it help make the industry safer but it will create efficiencies and prevent costly utility hits."

GPRS plans on launching SiteMap by summer 2022. More information will be available soon on their new service offerings and specifications.

About GPRS:

GPRS, headquartered in Toledo, Ohio, provides private utility locating and concrete scanning services to utilities, contractors, engineering firms, and environmental consultants in every major market in the United States. To learn more, visit http://www.gprsinc.com/.

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GPRS Acquires New York Leak Detection

TOLEDO, Ohio -- Ground Penetrating Radar Systems, LLC ("GPRS"), has acquired New York Leak Detection, a leading provider of utility locating and leak detection services. New York Leak Detection has been serving clients in the Northeast for 19 years.

New York Leak Detection's clients include engineering firms, municipalities, utilities, and contractors who rely on its services to identify and map the presence of subsurface structures using ground penetrating radar and other locating techniques. New York Leak Detection represents the seventh acquisition for GPRS.

New York Leak Detection represents a highly complementary acquisition that enhances GPRS' existing capabilities and market position in the Northeast, and introduces a new leak detection service offering for GPRS' customers.

"New York Leak Detection is a tremendous fit for GPRS," said Matt Aston, President of GPRS. "We share a similar vision, culture, and mission for serving our clients with the highest quality of service and support. We are excited about the partnership with New York Leak Detection and believe that the combination of the two organizations will result in attractive growth opportunities."

"GPRS is the ideal new owner for New York Leak Detection," said Mike Goodfellow, President of New York Leak Detection. "GPRS' scale and reputation make it a perfect home for the New York Leak Detection team. We are excited for this new partnership with GPRS that will provide a broader set of products and services, enabling us to better serve our clients and further accelerate our growth."

Existing New York Leak Detection operations will continue business as usual, and New York Leak Detection clients will receive the same level of high-quality customer support as prior to the acquisition.

About GPRS

GPRS, headquartered in Toledo, Ohio, provides private utility locating and concrete scanning services to utilities, contractors, engineering firms and environmental consultants in every major market in the United States. To learn more, visit http://www.gprsinc.com/.

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GPRS Locates and Acquires Master Locators – Becoming One of the Largest Privately Held Utility Locating Companies in the United States

TOLEDO, Ohio -- Ground Penetrating Radar Systems, LLC ("GPRS"), has acquired Master Locators utility locating business ("Master Locators"), a leading provider of private utility locating, concrete scanning, vacuum excavation, SUE and video pipe inspection services. Master Locators' clients include utilities, engineering firms, and contractors who rely on its services to identify and map the presence of subsurface structures using ground penetrating radar and other locating techniques. Master Locators represents the fourth acquisition for GPRS.

"This is a terrific opportunity for us," said Gus Sareyka, President of Master Locators. "The new partnership with GPRS and CIVC gives us additional capital and resources, enabling Master Locators to better serve our customers and support our growth."

Kyle Sareyka, Chief Operating Officer of Master Locators, added, "GPRS is the market leader in the private locating industry and we are excited to partner with Matt Aston and his team to continue to extend GPRS' leadership position." Kyle Sareyka will join GPRS as the Regional Director of the company's Northeast Region. Master Locators' Vacuum Excavation business will form a new company Level A Underground Solutions that will continue to service its existing customers and work closely with GPRS to provide a full suite of subsurface utility engineering solutions.

Master Locators enhances GPRS' market position in the private utility locating, concrete scanning, and video pipe inspection markets by adding scale to GPRS' existing business in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, New York, Maryland, and Connecticut.

"Master Locators represents a highly complementary acquisition for GPRS that enhances our market position in several rapidly growing regions," said Matt Aston, President of GPRS. "Master Locators operates with strong core values around humility, integrity and passion. We are excited to collaborate with Master Locators' management team to better serve our customers' current and future needs."

About GPRS:

GPRS, headquartered in Toledo, Ohio, provides private utility locating and concrete scanning services to utilities, contractors, engineering firms and environmental consultants in every major market in the United States. To learn more, visit: https://www.gp-radar.com/.

About Master Locators:

Master Locators is headquartered in Glen Mills, PA providing private utility locating services primarily in the northeast and mid-Atlantic areas. To learn more, visit https://masterlocators.com.

About Level A Underground Solutions:

Level A is headquartered in Glen Mills, PA providing vacuum excavation and SUE services in the northeast and mid-Atlantic areas. To learn more, visit https://levelaunderground.com.

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