Concrete scanning is useful for analyzing pieces of concrete before construction crews start coring or drilling. It is used to check a wide range of areas, such as bridges, tunnels, beams, balconies, and many more. Concrete scanning is used to help ensure safety on a construction site and make sure a project gets done with as few complications as possible. We will review concrete scanning, its uses, and why you need it.
Why Is It Important?
Concrete scanning is vital to the safety of workers on a job site. It can find objects that are inside of concrete, which lowers the chances of worker injury, damage, and extra costs on the project. Concrete scanning is often done with ground-penetrating radar (GPR). GPR is a painless utility that lets workers gather intel on the depth of concrete blocks, objects inside of the concrete, and if there are air pockets that couldn’t be detected from the surface.
What Can It Detect?
Before anyone starts coring, drilling, or cutting the concrete, a scan lets everyone locate any hidden hazards that could impede progress on the project. Scanning can uncover a wide range of materials, including:
- Non-metallic and metallic utilities
- Post and Pre-tension cables
- Mesh conduits
- Slab thickness and voids
Do I Need Scanning?
If you’re going to cut, core, or drill existing concrete, you want to have concrete scanning done on the premises. Use GPR to uncover anything lurking underneath the concrete, so your project goes as smoothly as possible.
How Much Does a Scan Cost?
The price of concrete scanning varies based on where your project is located, how complicated the job is, and what area needs to be scanned. However, the cost will be worth it. You save a great deal of time and money in the long run, and you treat your workers better by not putting them at risk of injury. Don’t cut corners. Concrete scanning is easily worth the investment and will help to keep your projects on time and budget.
Concrete Visions Will Get The Job Done Right
Concrete Visions has been working with clients for over 25 years. Our G&M Services installers are certified with the industry’s major firestop product manufacturers. As part of our firestop service, we can assess abnormal field conditions and, with the manufacturer’s technical support assistance, provide engineering judgments in a timely fashion to comply with contract specifications. Our Field Mechanics undergo ongoing training, including mandatory monthly safety meetings, weekly Toolbox Talks where safety and equipment information is shred, and trainings on safe work standards and safety best practices.