Concrete Scanning | The Importance Of Concrete Imaging Using A Ground Penetrating Radar
At Definitive GPR & Construction, one of our primary services include Concrete Scanning – also know as concrete imaging. When facing a construction project that entails a concrete structure – there can be several impediments in the concrete that can restrict progress during the construction process, and at the same time, hinder the safety of your crew.
We make use of a ground penetrating radar to uncover obstructions like rebar, post tension cables due to concrete cutting and coring, electrical conduits, reinforcing steel, in addition to embedded utilities – to ensure a safe construction site. Our Radar Guys are well-trained with many years of experience and the best GPR technology at hand to complete any concrete scanning project safely, and with precision. Not only do we deliver professional results with great accuracy, we also have the capability to take on both, small and large scale projects – in keeping with strict timelines and budgets. Our Concrete Scanning services are also available on a national scale all over the USA, including Canada!
Concrete Scanning | The Detection of Various Kinds of Impediments In Concrete:
As mentioned earlier, there can be many kinds of obstructions when concrete scanning with GPR technology. Below we talk about some of the different kinds of impediments we can find in a little more detail:
Concrete Scanning for Embedded Utilities, Electric and Water Lines: We use ground penetrating radar technology to scan locations in order to detect the pre-existing utility lines and electrical conduits that are hidden on the surface level. Efficient and accurate scanning of an industrial site by GPR can help locate these utility conduits so it makes it easier for us to rule out the exact locations that should not be considered preceding all concrete cutting, coring and drilling work. The detection of utility conduits can help us determine safe spaces for drilling and power failures, therefore, reduce the safety risks to construction workers and other damages on a commercial or residential site.
Concrete Scanning for Reinforced Steel, Metal Conduits and Rebar: Our radar guys also make use of ground penetrating radar technologies to help locate metal conduits, post tension cables, rebar and reinforced steel hidden in concrete metal slabs. Once these metal obstructions are detected by the GPR equipment, those areas that are safe for drilling can be marked out on the concrete. This marking ensures the safe and accurate drilling, in turn, reducing any damage, power failures or safety hazards to the construction crew on site to install relevant electrical wiring, plumbing tubes and other installments required by the clients.
Concrete Scanning to find Voids in Concrete Slabs: Voids that can be detected at the deepest level below concrete. Voids and air pockets can be caused below the surface due to the wear and tear and use over time – the concrete deteriorates and erodes. The danger of not detecting voids and air pockets can result in the location of the concrete slab not being able to take the pressure of a structure, and caving into the ground. This is why concrete imaging for these is crucial in the building of any industrial or commercial concrete structure.
How much does a Concrete Imaging Project Cost?
At Definitive GPR and Construction, we have a simple 6 step process to determine the cost for your Concrete Scanning Project:
1. The location of the project in question will be a determining factor (i.e. in state or out of state/ travel expenses, etc).
2. The purpose of the Concrete Imaging project.
3. The type and quality of the concrete to be scanned,
4. The estimated amount of obstructions including rebar, voids or electrical expected on site.
5. The total area of the site to be scanned.
6. The availability of equipment on site if needed to inspect areas above ground.