GSSI Commemorates 50 Years of Excellence

January 21, 2020, 1:49 pm

GSSI Kicks off Its 50th Anniversary Year with Series of Exciting Activities

GSSI will commemorate its 50th anniversary on February 4th, 2020. In recognition of this milestone, we will be celebrating all year long with festivities that showcase the company’s history of innovation and commitment to the GPR industry.

Then and Now

“This year marks the 50th anniversary of Geophysical Survey Systems.  GSSI’s founders, Rex Morey and Art Drake, started the company in a garage in Salem, New Hampshire in 1970. GSSI’s first GPR system – and the first commercial system sold in the world – was introduced in 1971, and we’ve come a long way since then. It was followed by a series of other “firsts”: including the first portable GPR, the first system capable of real-time data processing, the first system for rebar location, the first multi-channel GPR array, the first system for search & rescue and the first GPR system for measuring pavement compaction, among many others. This past year, we were the first to commercialize a GPR system for localization – an application that promises to solve one of the most difficult hurdles for autonomous vehicles: navigating in bad weather and northern climates. Our commitment to push the boundary of technological innovation has never been stronger.” said Christopher Hawekotte, President of GSSI.

“We would not have been able to achieve these milestones without recognizing our amazing employees. Our company has grown from that two-person team in a garage to one that now employs almost 100 people in a modern 72,000 square foot facility in Nashua. In 2019 we were proud to be named the Best Place to Work by Business New Hampshire magazine, and to have been recognized as a Presidential E-Award recipient by the U.S. Department of Commerce. It’s been a tremendous 50 years.”

Kicking off 2020

In the month of January, we released a new generation of the PaveScan system at the Transportation Research Board’s Annual Meeting.  Garnering interest from federal and state agencies, the PaveScan RDM 2.0 is expected to meet the road this spring. A national Dielectric Profiling System (DPS) meeting was held on Wednesday, Jan. 15th to share project stories and discuss national acceptance.

In the same week, Senator Jeanne Shaheen met with GSSI employees and toured their headquarters. ““Over the past five decades, GSSI has grown into a globally recognized leader in high-tech innovation and has strengthened the New Hampshire economy in the process,” said Senator Shaheen. “This success is a testament to the quality of their cutting-edge products, as well as the dedication of their skilled workforce. Congratulations to GSSI on celebrating 50 years in business and best wishes for the next 50

Time to Celebrate

GSSI invites their customers to recognize all that they have achieved together over the last half-century and to look forward to the opportunities that lay ahead with several exciting events including:

  • World of Concrete and ConExpo: Join us in the booth for special events to mark the anniversary celebration
  • Guest Lecture Series: Local customers will be invited to GSSI HQ to share their surveys and applications to our employees and meet with our teams
  • Survey Stories: We’d love to share your projects with our worldwide community. The GSSI blog will focus on application stories, surveys, and best practices all year long. Want to share your story with us? Reach out via our social media channels.
  • Annual Calendar: This year, our annual calendar will commemorate our shared history via company, product, and surveys from then to now.

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