Have you had to take on a concrete scanning project before? If not, it’s possible that you are unfamiliar with the procedure, how it works, and how it can benefit you. Concrete scanning makes use of ground-penetrating radar (GPR) to analyze concrete in a non-destructive manner. During the process, a concrete structure’s integrity is evaluated, and you can find out if there are any utilities inside of the structure. But this is only the start. Find out everything about concrete scanning and what utilities it can help you locate.
Why is Concrete Scanning Important?
Ground-penetrating radar serves as an important safety precaution, and it also helps to guarantee that traffic control, utility placement, and repair, and concrete construction are done successfully. With GPR, you can scan concrete structures to detect various utilities. These utilities include cables and rebar, among other hazards. If you damage any of these, the concrete won’t be as strong or perform as well, and you can put the health and safety of many people at risk. On top of that, it can bring about a lot of damage, which will be expensive to repair.
How Can I Tell If Concrete Scanning is Needed for a Project?
If you have a construction project that has existing concrete that has utility or structural components, concrete scanning with GPR is going to be a necessity. GPR is also going to be helpful to you if you want to get subsurface utility engineering or installations done. This is because you don’t want to have any unexpected problems pop up in the midst of the project, like having utilities that weren’t marked.
Is It Safe to Use GPR for Concrete Scanning?
If you didn’t know, ground-penetrating radar uses radio waves for all of the utility locating it does. Unlike other methods, it doesn’t use x-rays, which involve the use of radioactive substances. There aren’t any known risks for having bystanders in the area while conducting GPR scanning, making it a much safer option. The biggest safety risks come from misuse, which will be avoided if you trust a concrete scanning professional.
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.