It can be dangerous and costly to drill or cut through concrete walls, floors, or ceilings without knowing what lies beneath the surface. Fortunately, GPR detection takes the guesswork out of foundation repair! GPR is a geophysical radar that emits pulses to create an image of the subsurface beneath your concrete.
Foundation repair professionals can use GPR detection to look for objects, such as wire mesh or rebar, and make informed decisions about repair options. Read on to learn how ground-penetrating radar or ground-penetrating surveying can help you avoid wasting money and time.
Ground Penetrating Radar
Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) is used in many industries to see through natural and man-made materials. Ground penetrating radar can be used to locate metallic and non-metallic pipes, power lines, conduits, water lines, rebar, and post-tensioning cables within concrete.
Common Construction Problems
Unknown buried utilities resulting in costly construction delays are commonly encountered for several reasons. Many older facilities do not have complete and accurate records to locate underground infrastructure.
In addition, abandoned underground features, such as foundations, storage tanks, vaults, and utilities, are typically left in place due to the cost inherent in their complete removal. Any new project proposed at these locations will need to absorb the cost and schedule impacts to address these elements.
Saving Time and Money
Service providers need to integrate seamlessly into their clients’ workflow and project management, especially for large projects. In fact, they can gain a competitive advantage by offering ways to reduce the time and money spent on large project processes.
For example, real-time evaluation of scan results by off-site reviewers can reduce the time between scanning and cutting, often avoiding a second site visit.
Evaluation and testing are always preferable to costly and damaging destructive testing. Even when expensive destructive testing or coring is required, targeting it where it is most effective saves time and money. Using GPR to identify underground utilities could save a lot of time and money compared to caving.
Simple work can become a nightmare if you unknowingly dig in electrical or sanitary lines. Ground penetrating radar detection can detect and avoid these hazards and allow you to complete your work on time.
To learn more about the different types of ground penetrating radar and concrete slab scanning, contact the professionals at Scan Plus Concrete today!