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Ground Penetrating Radar Overview

If you have ever used GPR before, also known as ground-penetrating radar, you have likely accessed the precision utility mapping functionality of the systems. With Structural & Concrete Scanning – Precision Utility Mapping your architecture designs can benefit in the following way:

1. Efficient Timelines

The first thing that you project and revise it, especially when mechanical breakdowns occur, or when anticipated changes can impact your profitability such as weather, or even the availability of contractors. When you are using this system to help you figure out what is happening at an excavation, or even demolition, you need to know what is happening before you start.

Once you do this, you can prevent unwanted problems such as cutting into your digging up areas that you really can’t see, which can affect the overall schedule. If you want to save money and avoid unnecessary repairs, you can do this when working on listed buildings and by avoiding other safety concerns.

2. Costly mistakes to avoid with GPR

If you feel that you need to rush into the demolition process, because your schedule could be compromised, you may feel tempted to do so. If you do this, however, serious consequences can occur such as inadvertently cutting into concrete or into a wall. By simply repairing a single severed conduit instead, you can save thousands of dollars.

There are safety hazards that you may encounter, along with potential delays, that can negatively impact the reputation of not only your company but the project you are working on. You can use GPR to quickly determine where subsurface utilities are, as well as voids and different types of steel objects that could be in the ground, without having to disturb the ground at all.

3. The Versatility Of GPR

Extensive information is provided through a GPR system regarding outside and inside structures. Some of this data includes:

The location of in floor heating lines and electrical conduits

Rebar placement in the ground as well as under concrete cover

How thick the slab is

Information on the adjoining slab and dowels

Locating cavities and boards beneath the slab

Locating post tension cables

Detecting how those that are in hollow core panels, precast areas, without having to remove the surface layer

The identification of, and confirmation of, structural components which could be in the concrete

Grade and pile beam placement

4. Quality Assurance

This data can be collected by a GPR unit that can display both two-dimensional and three-dimensional images. You can get digital maps that are very detailed, distributed electronically, which can be sent directly to team members. When team members receive this digital map, they will be able to see what is hidden at the project site in question. You can also allow them to adjust the plans, as well as the schedule, for the project you are working on.

5. Enhance Safety At The Construction Site

Cutting utilities, or even support structures that are not seen, can lead to dire consequences. By using a GPR inspection process, this will allow architects and engineers to learn more about the site and avoid these problems as well.

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