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Concrete Scanning with GPR
Are you about to begin construction and want to ensure you do not damage underground pipes or tension cables? CSI Concrete Scanning & Investigations with their ground penetrating radar is a good option. Concrete scanning with GPR will help identify the location of any underground pipes, electrical lines, sewer or gas lines. The technology is used in construction, underground repair, and surveying. There are several applications for GPR, one of which is concrete scanning and testing.
The most common reason for concrete scanning with GPR is to locate water pipe leaks. If these leaks are not repaired, they can cause major property damage and very high utility bills. If pipes run under a home or a building, GPR can locate the problem before the leak can cause foundation damage.
Another frequent use of GPR is to locate utility lines before beginning construction or doing any underground digging. Before GPR, surveyors and engineers had to use a metal detector to locate galvanized and copper piping. Today, most pipes are made from PVC and GPR has no problem with locating pipes made from PVC or even the old clay plumbing pipes.
Before any new construction starts, a ground survey should be completed. This helps identify various soil types in the area. Different types of soils require different structural integrity measures. For example, if a concrete slab is placed on the unstable ground, the slab can crack resulting in structural or cosmetic damage to the building. The concrete cracks when the ground shifts. GPR is one of the best methods of identifying issues with soil.
GPR is also often used on archeological projects to identify underground objects and soil types. GPR can even provide the depth, size, and shape of an object without disturbing the surrounding soil.
Building facilities managers and renovators will often conduct concrete scanning with GPR to identify and locate objects, plumbing or ductwork within the concrete. GPR-trained specialists make several passes over the area analyze what may be lying within the concrete.
Engineers and surveyors also rely on GPR to analyze what lies underneath concrete or the ground. Conducting a GPR survey can help reduce costs by providing the engineers and architects vital information as they design buildings for the soil. The information from a GPR survey also allows construction companies and engineers to identify and address any problem areas before construction begins.
Concrete scanning with GPR provides important information on what may lie within the concrete or beneath the ground. It is essential to conduct a GPR survey before construction begins.