For the most part, underground void detection is all too common among those who handle concrete and more. In fact, void detection surveys tend to use Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) to scan the actual area and determine the exact location and ultimate extent of any potential voids and sinkholes. The reality is, void detection that is installed underground is usually designed to form a risk prevention that actually has the intent of checking the ultimate integrity of the ground itself before moving or using any heavy equipment. Ultimately, if any remediation is necessary, underground void detection can help to locate that as well. Here are a few key things to understand when it comes to underground void detection and how it actually works.
The Actual Causes Of Underground Voids
There are some clear causes associated with the development of an underground void. In fact, sinkholes tend to be the most common cause. The reality is, besides sinkholes, underground voids can be caused because of material washout as a result of underground water movement that tends to carry material with it — usually in coastal areas. Ultimately, natural substances can also be carried in with the ground simply moving and shifting over time — leading to the potential for an underground void as well.
Detecting Sinkholes And More Using GPR
Fortunately, there are systems and technology that have been developed to help locate and detect sinkholes and other underground voids that may appear and cause damage. In fact, GPR typically works to ideally transmit an electromagnetic signal directly into the ground and record reflections immediately. The reality is, with GPR, reflections tend to be caused by any change in the below surface environment generally. Ultimately, detecting underground voids is made a lot easier by using GPR.
At the end of the day, having the ability to detect underground voids can be incredibly useful, beneficial, and helpful overall. In fact, GPR is a great method of accurately, effectively, and efficiently detecting an underground void. This can easily help understand where an underground void is located and repair them as needed. The reality is, underground void detection is a key component to making sure that the ground is structurally intact so people can build on it without worry.
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.