Concrete scanning before breaking ground on your construction project is imperative for finishing it smoothly. Often, when clients opt out of an initial scan, they learn the hard way why it’s so important to know what’s beneath existing concrete. So, what exactly is concrete scanning, and why is it essential for a successful project?
What Is Concrete Scanning?
Concrete scanning uses Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) to search for anything under the concrete that may impact your project. This could include things you can’t see from aboveground like sinkholes or empty voids, any live wires or utilities, pipes, cables, or rebar.
Why Do We Need Concrete Scanning?
Ensures Worker Safety
When the construction crew cuts into concrete, there is always a chance that they may cut into something underneath. While it could be something like tree roots, if there are live wires or a tension cable, an employee could get electrocuted or could be struck by a snapped cable. Using concrete scanning before you dig lets you know exactly what’s there to avoid accidents.
Keeps Your Project On Schedule
While concrete scanning does take a little time upfront, it can save you time repairing or assessing damage if you hit an unexpected object while digging. Ultimately, knowing what is beneath your concrete means you can create a realistic timeline for completion and stick to that schedule without surprises.
Leaving the excavation portion of your project up to chance is a great way to encounter other unexpected costs. Not only will hitting a subsurface object cause damage that you have to spend money to repair, but your project will also take longer, which is another additional cost.
Maintains Project Accuracy
If you have an initial project plan, concrete scanning can show how feasible that design is. Sometimes the plan needs to be revised to avoid subsurface hazards, which is much easier in the initial planning stage than in the middle of construction. This will ensure your project will turn out exactly as you anticipate it.
Concrete Visions Will Get The Job Done Right
Concrete Visions has been working with clients for over 25 years. Our G&M Services installers are certified with the industry’s major firestop product manufacturers. As part of our firestop service, we can assess abnormal field conditions and, with the manufacturer’s technical support assistance, provide engineering judgments in a timely fashion to comply with contract specifications. Our Field Mechanics undergo ongoing training, including mandatory monthly safety meetings, weekly Toolbox Talks where safety and equipment information is shared, and trainings on safe work standards and safety best practices.