Ground Penetrating Radar Systems, Inc. of Las Vegas, NV. was recently contracted out by a local general contractor to scan a concrete slab prior to cutting the slab. The Plumbing contractor on this jobsite needed to cut the slab to add some new underground plumbing for this tenant improvement project. Prior to their cutting the floor they wanted to verify that there were no utilities underneath or within the slab that would be affected by the cutting of the concrete. It is a good thing they call GPRS to investigate this slab prior to cutting it or they would have cut through a bunch of electrical conduits that were sitting just below the slab on the subgrade. The picture below indicates the live electrical conduits that were located then marked with red paint. By having this area scanned ahead of time they were able to avoid additional cost to repair all of these conduits and limit the risk of getting someone electrocuted. The plumbers were able to move their trench line out a little further from the wall so they could avoid hitting all of these conduits. Make sure you call GPRS if you are on a project like the one described above.
Ground Penetrating Radar is ideal on a busy construction site as well as a place of occupancy. GPR does not require evacuation of the area as does traditional x-ray concrete imaging. GPR emits no radiation and is completely safe to be around. Traditional x-ray is mostly done after hours; GPR can be done during normal business hours. All data findings are marked directly on the surface at the customer’s request for the easiest interpretation of the scanning provided, with GPR there is no wait for developing films as with traditional x-ray. Only one side of the slab is needed for scanning so time and resources are much more ideal for tight schedules of projects. Ground Penetrating Radar is the new way to x-ray!
Ground Penetrating Radar Systems, Inc. specializes in ground penetrating radar service as well as private Utility locating. With that in mind, the amount of experience and specialization of concrete imaging and utility locating as well as a nationwide network of technicians; GPRS, Inc. is unrivaled in the industry. GPRS, Inc. can supply your project with the safest and most accurate ground penetrating radar service in the business. Your safety and job effiency is our main goal at Ground Penetrating Radar Systems, Inc. We are the experts in GPR.
If you are interested in learning more about our concrete imaging capabilities or other Ground Penetrating Radar applications such as locating Utilities and sub-surface anomalies along a proposed pipeline trench, locating Underground Storage Tanks (USTs), clearing boring locations of possible Utilities for soil samples, Void Detection or even structural investigations, don’t hesitate to contact us for more information or to hire us for your next project no matter how big or small the project may be. Ground Penetrating Radar Systems has an office local in Phoenix, AZ. serving all of Arizona as well as having offices all across the U.S in all major cities and states. Please feel free to contact Troy Bullock with the Phoenix office at 480-227-8614, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ground Penetrating Radar Systems was contacted by a general contractor to locate the post tension cables and conduit running through a commercial slab. The GC was concerned with the safety issues with his contractors hitting an electrical cable or a high tension cable.
There is a great amount of tension put on post tension cables and one strike of the cable could create serious damage to the property and building. Striking post tension cables can also cause serious bodily harm to an individual in the path of one of these lines that have been hit. It is crucial that all post tension cables be located on any project from a safety standpoint first and a structural integrity standpoint second. Without locating the post tension and the conduits in the slab this general contractor would have been unable to continue work and putting a stop to his project would have causesd his completion date to be pushed back. GPRS was able to come on site within 24 hours of the initial request and safely locate all of the post tension and conduit running inside the slab of concrete.
Many job sites require Ground Penetrating Radar to be performed before any digging, excavation, core drilling, saw cutting, anchoring, etc. starts on the job site to maintain a safe work environment.
Ground Penetrating Radar Systems used a GSSI 1600 MHz antenna for this application to locate the reinforcement and conduits. All findings were marked directly on the concrete at customers request for easy interpretation. GPR was ideal for this application due to the active work site in the surrounding areas. GPR emits no radiation and is safe for others to work in the area near the scan location.
For a similar scan on your job site please contact Adam Kubicki at 972.922.0223 or at email@example.com. X-ray has been used to locate utilities in Dallas, Fort Worth, Plano, Addison, and Carrolton, Corsicana, and McKinney, Texas. Sonar can also be used to locate your residential gas line, water line, sewer line, and other important utilities that can cause safety issues as well as financial.
Ground Penetrating Radar Systems of Omaha was hired to locate underground utilities in Omaha. The project required excavating 18’ feet deep to install a wind turbine. GPRS specializes in accurately locating each underground utility to make each project stay on time and without incident. GPRS was able to locate water lines running through the area of scope. The technician was able to determine the depth and location of the pipe and prevented a costly strike.
GPR is essential for every company to use before digging or excavating. Scanning the ground using GPRS services prevents expensive strikes and dangerous accidents while giving clients solutions to their subsurface problems. Ground Penetrating Radar Systems of Omaha can assist you on any projects in Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska. For more information about how we help you on your project, please contact Will Sizemore at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (402) 506-0815.
At GPRS, our motto is “Subsurface Scanning Solutions”. We believe in working with customers to solve problems. There are limitations to what our equipment can accomplish because the science of GPR itself has limitations. We get calls every week for jobs that are beyond the margins of what’s possible, but we strive to innovate solutions for our customers. This month alone, we came up with a number of solutions. Here are a few examples:
- In Orlando, a customer brought us out to scan a new slab, freshly poured, and the concrete had not cured long enough for the GPR to see all the way through the slab. We could have walked away, saying, “Sorry, but our equipment cannot see deep enough.” but this customer had to drill. They needed a solution. So we grabbed a lower frequency antenna (sees deeper), requested the PT plans, found the column lines and verified each piece of PT in order to show that there was no PT in the customer’s drill location.
- In Jacksonville, a customer called us because they needed to verify the presence of rebar in a concrete pier. The problem is that the relevant section of the pier was 20 feet underground. Within 24 hours, we offered them three potential solutions, and two referrals.
- In Gainesville, a customer asked us to scan a large area to look for small voids. We completed the scan with GPR, and purchased a new piece of equipment (infrared camera) in an attempt speed up the scan and make it more efficient.
- In Leesburg, a customer asked us to find a sanitary line that was not visible to the radar. We opened up 4 clean-outs and ran a traceable rodder down 4 lines until we located the correct pipe.
- In Cape Canaveral, a customer asked us to trace a line to find the exact point of a break. We rented a special piece of equipment to locate the break with greater precision than our standard equipment could achieve.
- In Brunswick, a customer asked us for a quote to scan a huge facility and we were awarded the work. After receiving the as-builts, we noticed that they only needed to dig down 12” throughout most of the facility. We discussed with the customer the possibility of narrowing the scope and saved them thousands of dollars by reducing the scope to only what they needed.
We believe that our customers deserve the extra mile that it takes to solve whatever problems arise related to subsurface unknowns. We do not stop working when we hit the first dead end. We work until we hit the last one, or else we refer the problem to someone better qualified to help with the particular question at hand. That is why we wear the motto “Subsurface Scanning Solutions”.
Let us know what problems we can solve for you.