Concrete scanning is a method that uses GPR (Ground Penetrating Radar) to find subsurface hazards. Some objects that get detected include live wires, post-tension cables, pipes, utilities, and voids among other things. But why is it crucial that we find and identify hazards like these? Concrete scanning makes a great contribution to finding hazardous objects and has a wide range of benefits.
Without concrete scanning, you could be cutting into concrete, then end up finding a subsurface hazard. In some scenarios, striking these objects can cause worker injuries on the job site. An example is cutting into a post-tension cable. If a worker cuts into the cable, it releases the tension, causing the cable to snap or expand which can result in a blowout. Workers can also be electrocuted if they strike a live conduit.
If you strike a subsurface object, it can delay the completion of a project. Rather than find out the hard way that there’s an obstruction, why not identify any objects or hazards from the very beginning? Concrete scanning can be carried out before any excavating begins, ensuring you don’t run into any complications while on the job site.
Some people may think concrete scanning is just an additional cost to a project. However, concrete scanning can actually save a lot of money. When you have a clear picture of a cut, core, or trench area, you avoid having to guess where to start cutting. This results in an amazing financial benefit because you’ve taken precautions against striking subsurface objects, which can end up costing a great deal of money in repairs.
Also, as mentioned earlier, concrete scanning can save time on a project. If a project gets delayed, it can cost additional money.
One of the biggest perks of concrete scanning is the accuracy it offers. You can go through with a project knowing that the layout for the drilling, cutting, and coring you’ll be doing is safe. Not all people decide to scan before they start a project. Performing concrete scanning helps avoid any complications on the job. When you can get a job done as accurately as possible, you get it done efficiently and safely, so the job gets done on time without risking the wellbeing of any workers who contribute to the completion of the project.
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 shred, and trainings on safe work standards and safety best practices.