We use ground penetrating radar (GPR) technology to scan concrete structures non-destructively to identify and locate the various buried structures and voids. We use ground penetrating radar (GPR) technology to scan concrete structures non-destructively to identify and locate various buried structures and voids. Unlike X-ray concrete scanning, GPR provides immediate scanning results without any additional steps. It is non-invasive, takes up little space on site and can even be used for spot analysis when quick reports are needed.
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. GPR is possibly the best technique for scanning concrete. It offers deeper penetration than ferroscan and covermeter, better resolution and its detection is not limited to metallic objects.
It works by detecting changes in the subsoil and can detect most materials, including plastic, wood and voids. Find out more about how GPR works. The MALÅ CX Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) concrete scanning system is designed for non-destructive investigation and imaging of concrete and other man-made structures. You also do not have to evacuate a construction site for fear of exposing other workers to radiation, as would be the case with concrete X-ray scanners.
GPR technology replaces Concrete X-Ray technology, also known as Concrete X-Ray, Concrete Slab X-Ray or Slab X-Ray. Scanning concrete to locate underground utilities or mapping utilities embedded in concrete slabs can be a difficult job. Construction professionals involved in cutting, drilling or coring concrete structures need a safe and reliable means of inspecting work areas to locate and identify hidden items that may cause damage to machinery or pose a hazard to the operator or the structure itself during these activities. Most of the hazards that exist are caused by improper use or transport of the concrete scanner, which an experienced and properly trained technician will take care to avoid.
The concrete x-ray scanner has long been used in the construction industry because of its accuracy. Before cutting concrete, use the concrete slab scanner to get an idea of what is inside the space. If your project includes existing concrete with structural or utility elements, such as pre-existing concrete floors, you should definitely plan for the presence of GPR on site. Ground penetrating radar is vital to the safety of personnel and the success of new and existing concrete construction, utility placement, traffic control and underground utility repair, to name just a few.
Unlike x-ray concrete scanners, which use radioactive materials and require complete enclosure of the test area, there are no known health risks to bystanders associated with ground penetrating radar. This means that you can perform concrete scans at any time without disrupting surrounding activities on site. GPR signals can be inhibited or bounced if the scanned slab has a significant water or moisture content. GPR can help you perform quick scans of a large area with significant savings in time and labour costs compared to the X-ray concrete scanning procedure.