Utility Locating in Washington, PA for Precision Pipeline

Precision Pipeline is in the proces of installing a pipeline in Washington, PA to Delmont, PA. Precision Pipeline had made their PA One Calls, but still had a lot of private utilities that were not covered by either One Call or the maps. Precision hired GPRS to sweep the entire right of way, a total distance of 50 plus miles. In the picture below we see a gas and water line that the home owner thought was on the other side of the street.

For GPR projects or quotes in the Pittsburgh area or western Pennsylvania, contact Jacob Lammott at 412-292-3266, email jake.lammott@gp-radar.com, or visit www.gp-radar.com.

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Utility Locate at Rice Eccles Stadium University of Utah

Ground Penetrating Radar Systems was contacted by the University of Utah to locate the main power lines leading from power boxes to the stadium.  There was one line already cut in half by the jack hammer and was a significant power line for the stadium.  The contractor did not know the exact locations and depths of the lines and did not want to jack hammer through anymore critical utilities.  Ground Penetrating Radar Systems came out and successfully located and gave depths of all the utilities.

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Ground Penetrating Radar Systems used a 400 MHz antenna for this application and a Radio Detection (RD) device to detect electrical current deep in the soil.  All findings were marked with orange marking paint directly on the surface for easy interpretation by the customer.  GPRS’ 400 MHz antenna was ideal because of its accurate deep penetration and the open clear area the technician had to work.  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 in Utah, Idaho, or Montana please contact Adam Kubicki at 801-599-2115 or at adam.kubicki@gp-radar.com.  Sonar has also been used in Tooele, Provo, Ogden, Park City, Spanish Fork, Orem, and West Valley, Utah.  X-ray can also be used by GPRS to locate conduits, rebar, and post tension in concrete slabs.

Underground Storage Tank Scan – Chicago Heights, IL

Chicago HeightsThis scan was performed inside a manufacturing warehouse in Chicago Heights, IL. A suspected underground storage tank on the premises was thought to have been removed; however, no records of the removal were available. David Hagenmayer, with Ground Penetrating Radar Systems, Inc., was called out to locate any existing USTs and/or former excavations associated with tank removals. David was able to locate an anomaly next to the wall believed to be a UST. Upon further inspection by the client, a confirmed UST was buried at a depth of 4 feet. The tank was safely removed and the process was documented for future records.

Ground Penetrating Radar is cost effective, non-hazardous, and provides data in real time.

For GPRS capabilities in The Midwest, please call (312) 882-0429 or email David.Hagenmayer@gp-radar.com

GPRS Used to Locate Underground Utilities at University of Arkansas, Little Rock

Ground Penetrating Radar Systems’ Little Rock, AR office worked with a local company to locate utilities prior to excavation at University of Arkansas, Little Rock.  GPRS marked location and depth of vital oxygen lines going into hospital.  GPRS uses non-destructive testing equipment to locate utilities, piping, power-lines, underground storage tanks, and grave sites that are unable to be seen. Using GPRS is a safe, cost effective way to make sure you can safely drill or dig and not destroy any underground utilities or determine if USTs do or do not exist on a property.

Other services we offer are: Post-Tension Cable Location, Conduit Mapping, Rebar Mapping, Void Location and more. If GPR services are needed in Arkansas, call Casey Barefield at 501.251.4036 or email at casey.barefield@gp-radar.com

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Scanning Concrete in Corpus Christi, TX

Before a local Corpus Christi business could demolish an existing building and place a new structure on its foundation, the contractors needed to learn about the perimeter foundation. Rather than demolish surrounding ground and concrete, they chose to enlist the services of Corey Brecht with GPRS, Inc. Because ground penetrating radar is non-destructive, the contractors were able to learn about the concretes thickness, rebar spacing, and approximate rebar size without chipping or drilling.

To find out how GPRS can help you find answers on your concrete project, contact Corey Brecht at 361.424.2258 or email at corey.brecht@gp-radar.com.

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Concrete X-Ray of Pre-Cast Panels in Norwalk, CT

Capital Construction was getting ready to begin a project that involved anchoring to a pre-cast concrete panel that made up the exterior wall of a large building in Norwalk, CT that housed offices. Capital was concerned that an anchor in the wrong place could strike important structural components in the slab such as pre-tensioned cable which could reduce the stability of the building, or at the very least, this wall of the building.

Capital contacted Jim James of GPRS’s New York and Hartford offices and after a quick discussion were happy to hear that Jim could provide the information using ground penetrating radar which does not have any of the radiation concerns of actual X-Ray equipment. Jim quickly scanned the wall and laid out all structural components of the wall, along with the slab thickness. The picture shows all of the information that GPRS was able to provide to Capital. If you are interested in obtaining more information or a quote please visit our “Contact Us” page for a local representative near you.

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Technician Profile – John Lause

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What city of cities have you worked in for GPRS?

Chicago

How long have you been with GPRS?

3.25 years

What personal accomplishments are you proud of achieving at GPRS?

Winning the Good to Great award last year, helping to grow and expand the Chicago region, the personal relationships built over my time here. Having someone continue to want to work with you because they can trust you to do the job right is probably the one I am most proud of

Tell us about your spouse, family, kids, and/ or pets?

Married to Meghan for five years with 2 kids (4&2) and another on the way any day now

What are your hobbies?

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What is your favorite sports team?

Syracuse Football and Basketball, Cleveland Browns, Indians

What is your favorite thing about the town you live in?

Beecher is a small town, it’s quiet but close enough to the city to take advantage of the activities there

What has been your favorite job site that you have worked at and why?

Any of the roof top jobs in the city, the view of the lake and skyline is something that you can’t normally get especially for free

What is your favorite aspect of your work here at GPRS?

Same skills and tools are used everyday but each job/application is different and meeting new people every day

What is your favorite local restaurant?

Maggiano’s (great Italian food)

What is your favorite vacation spot and why?

Anywhere warm with a beach, Belize is both and has a lot to see with an interesting history

What is your claim to fame (what do people find really interesting about you)?

My height, I guess being 6’8’’ people tend to notice

Do you have a motto that you live or work by if so what is it?

Success doesn’t come without hard work

What is your biggest personal goal in the next five years?

Finish off the man cave in the basement, and take the family to Disney

Technician Profile – Nate Stair

Nate Stair

What city of cities have you worked in for GPRS?

Raleigh

How long have you been with GPRS?

Since March of 2011

What personal accomplishments are you proud of achieving at GPRS?

Building the Raleigh territory into a successful market.

Tell us about your spouse, family, kids, and/ or pets?

My wife’s name is Ashley and we’ve been married for 8 years this fall. We have 2 beautiful girls, Jada is 2 and Mia is 5 years old. We love being outdoors and spending weekend at the beach.

What are your hobbies?

Golf, Fishing, and hunting the elusive whitetail deer.

What is your favorite sports team?

The Ohio State Buckeyes

What is your favorite thing about the town you live in?

I enjoy the outdoor activities like downtown festivals, night life, and diversity of people from all over the country. We have 3 universities and there’s alway something going on.

What has been your favorite job site that you have worked at and why?

I’ve worked at the PNC Arenawhere the Carolina Hurricanes play scanning concrete for anchoring guard rails and also scanning inside the locker rooms.

What is your favorite aspect of your work here at GPRS?

I really like the challenge of performing our services for our customers in highly critical situations. I feel this sets us apart from other GPR companies. I also enjoy running a territory and all the responsibilities that come with the position as Regional Manager.

What is your favorite local restaurant?

My favorite restaurant is The Pit because the BBQ is crazy good!

What is your favorite vacation spot and why?

Any lake where I can catch large mouth bass.

What is your claim to fame (what do people find really interesting about you)?

I would say my claim to fame is being a father and husband. If I didn’t do anything else in life but I was great father and husband, I would be happy with that.

Do you have a motto that you live or work by if so what is it?

I can do all thing through him who gives me strength. – Phillipians 4:13

What is your biggest personal goal in the next five years?

I have a personal goal here at GPRS to turn NC and SC into a $3 million a year in revenue having 10 technicians in the 2 states.

Final Thoughts:
“I am a Christian and I believe in the saving blood of Jesus Christ. He has blessed this company and I have been blessed to be apart of this incredible team here at GPRS.”

GPRS Scanning a Pool in Orlando, FL

Ground Penetrating Radar Systems was recently contacted to locate reinforcing steel in slab on grade at a popular Resort & Spa in central Florida. The rebar in the concrete slab of the pool floor was suspected to be too close to the surface of the slab, therefor causing rust stains on the pool floor surface when the rebar got wet. Facilities management called on GPRS, Inc. to help locate the steel to determine if it was the cause of the surface staining.

After draining the pool down just a couple of feet, GPRS technicians were able to locate the existence and location of rebar within the slab and mark them out directly on the dry surface of the concrete with blue tape. The concrete at this location was found to be approximately 9-10” thick with rebar throughout on 12” centers at approximately 5-7” deep.  The GPR equipment provided by GSSI is designed to scan on most surfaces provided that they are dry to mark on and are fairly flat. The ability to identify where the steel was placed in this slab was very beneficial for the crew as they now had the information to determine what might be causing the surface staining.

The equipment used in the scan was a four-wheeled, handheld cart carrying a 1600 Mhz antenna capable of identifying objects at a depth of approximately 24” deep. The antenna relays its signal to an SIR-3000 computer system which displays the geophysical data. In the pictures below, GPRS technician, Kyle Kearcher scans for rebar in slab on grade to provide the location of existing rebar within the slab. You can see the blue tape markings on the concrete surface indicating the location of rebar in the slab.

If you would like a price or quote for a slab on grade, elevated slab, or structural scan to locate important embedments, please visit the “contact us” page at www.gp-radar.com to contact your local GPRS representative.

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