Can concrete be scanned?

Concrete scanning is used to inspect concrete slabs or columns prior to drilling or boring in renovation and new construction projects. ACS Underground Solutions' concrete scans are completed using Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) technology for fast and accurate inspections. GPR is safe and non-invasive; using transmitted waves and their reflected signals, we can analyse the subsoil for embedded objects. Scanning concrete with ground penetrating radar makes working with concrete as simple as a quick scan.

If you are working with concrete, you will probably have to cut or core it at some point, as deterioration occurs over time. This project can be inherently dangerous, time-consuming and costly if there are things embedded in the concrete. But how can you tell if there is anything in there if you can't see through it? Scanning concrete with ground penetrating radar makes working with concrete as simple as a quick scan. Construction projects are often delayed due to problems arising from hazards embedded in the surface of the concrete.

Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) and digital X-ray imaging can be used to find these hidden problems before they cause delays and cost you money. To find out more about the different concrete inspection methods and how to choose the right method for your next project, download our PDF guide to concrete inspection methods. Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) is a very effective scanning method to ensure safety when drilling or cutting concrete. However, there are still many misconceptions about what GPR can and cannot do.

This list will help you understand GPR before you hire a concrete scanning service for your project. Concrete scanning can also be incredibly useful for identifying structural faults and voids. Depending on the nature of the structure, non-destructive scanning can provide greater confidence in compliance with safety and building regulations. There is more than one way to scan concrete structures while working on a construction site, such as a renovation.

Before drilling, boring or cutting a concrete structure, a concrete scan helps identify the location and depth of embedded objects with high-resolution ground penetrating radar (GPR). We will assess your site based on known information and match the appropriate scanning technology to the prevailing site conditions. You also don't have to evacuate a site for fear of exposing other workers to radiation, as would be the case with concrete x-ray scanners. We can use GPR to scan voids and clearly mark their location, ensuring that construction can continue without the threat of collapse.

Scanning concrete to locate underground utilities or mapping utilities embedded in concrete slabs can be a difficult job. Ensure the safety of your workforce and keep the project on track by scanning concrete prior to construction. The highly detailed image that scanning often provides can help professionals and organisations avoid such incidents. To avoid delays during construction, reduce unforeseen risks and avoid additional costs during construction, schedule a concrete scan.

This could include a concrete-specific ground penetrating radar (GPR), a cover meter, a ferroscan instrument or, perhaps, ultrasonic scanning equipment. A relatively quick scan of a single house foundation slab on the ground will take much less time and be less expensive than a walk-through of a two-storey industrial building with concrete columns, walls and decks that need to be attended to. A quick and efficient scan of the concrete using ACS Underground Solutions' Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) can give your project engineers vital information about the depth of the concrete, objects within the concrete and any possible air pockets that cannot be detected from the surface.

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