What is concrete scanning?

Concrete scanning is the use of ground penetrating radar and other equipment to detect materials or voids within a concrete slab. Concrete scanning is used to inspect concrete slabs or columns prior to drilling or coring in renovations 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.

Concrete scanning is a non-destructive method of concrete evaluation that uses ground-penetrating radar, or GPR, to assess the integrity of the structure in place and locate embedded utilities prior to concrete cutting, coring, drilling, etc. Because GPR uses reflected radio waves, this method of imaging concrete is safe, non-invasive and more effective and versatile than X-rays for concrete assessment of columns, slabs and walls. Concrete Floor Penetrating Radar (also known as Concrete X-Ray) is a form of non-destructive testing that records features and objects within concrete structures. We use the latest technology, developed by the world's leading GPR manufacturer, to locate and record details of ducts and services.

Our specialist technicians use a range of antennas that enable us to accurately locate rebar, post-tensioning, ducts and voids within and beneath slabs, as well as detect utilities, subsidence, services, data, stormwater and sewerage to a depth of up to 5m. We also carry out concrete testing. Concrete cutting, hole drilling, demolition of structures and hole drilling are activities that contain a high level of risk. What reinforcement are you cutting into? Are there post-tensioned cables? Is there live energy in that slab you are going to cut? What can be done to minimise this risk? That's our job.

A slab scan can provide detailed and accurate information about structural reinforcement, services and ductwork within concrete structures, enabling informed decisions to be made. Slabtec's concrete scanning service is the best way to reduce risk on your site and maximise the safety of personnel, services and structures. Whether it's a small or large construction project, you need to get the best concrete scanning services to minimise risk and scan concrete structures using the best methodologies available. At Slabtec we offer high-quality concrete scanning and GPR concrete scanning services.

Our services include destructive testing and extensive use of GPS technology to ensure a quality core examination. Most of the hazards that exist are the result of improper use or transport of the concrete scanner, which an experienced and properly trained technician will ensure are avoided. A concrete scanner is critical to site safety and can locate and identify objects within the concrete. A relatively quick scan of a single house foundation slab on the ground will take much less time and be less costly than a walk-through of a two-storey industrial building with concrete columns, walls and decks that need to be attended to.

So, if you are in the construction industry and need concrete scanning, why not contact us? A member of our professional and experienced team will be happy to help. X-ray imaging requires access to both sides of the concrete service, which makes it difficult to use in many circumstances, as well as emitting harmful radiation to operators and the environment. To avoid delays during construction, reduce unforeseen risks and avoid additional costs during construction, schedule a concrete scan. Often, scan results can be quickly and easily exported to a variety of software packages, including Word and CAD, allowing the operator to provide user-friendly and intuitive reports, often containing an accurate representation of what is hidden within the concrete.

Ensuring it is safe before cutting, drilling and sawing concrete slabs is a priority for anyone operating in the construction and demolition industry. ACS Underground Solutions provides services in CT, NY, NJ, MA and RI to find hidden objects or abnormalities before drilling or sawing concrete. Slabtec is a team of seasoned professionals with decades of experience in concrete scanning and related repair services to assist you in your construction project. Again, regardless of the methodology selected, scanning is a relatively quick and painless process; a process that generally only requires access to one side of the concrete and often provides real-time in-situ imaging.

Prior to 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).

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