There is a lot happening in Tampa right now, and we have recently expanded our North Florida team to stay ahead of the demand. We believe that scheduling GPR should be simple. You should trust the team you call. You should know that they have your best interest in mind. Scheduling an appointment should be quick, and you shouldn’t have to wait a week to receive service. Every technician should arrive on time and be friendly, qualified, and dedicated to your project. He should make clear markings, explain what they mean, and his results should be industry-leading in their accuracy. We believe that our Tampa customers deserve our above-and-beyond effort as a standard. Everything we do is a reflection of these beliefs.
We recently got a call from a new customer in the Tampa area and we were able to mobilize a technician the next day. Nate used a high frequency GPR antenna to scan for anomalies in and directly below the slab, and then he used a low frequency antenna to scan for utilities deeper down. Finally, he swept the scan area with our EM technology to detect conduit and live wires.
In slab on grade situations, GPRS can typically scan about 50 linear feet of trenching per hour, and on this occasion, Nate Schmoe performed the work and exceeded that level of production. He completed the customer’s requested scope in the allotted time and located multiple pieces of shallow conduit that likely would have been hit without the scan.
Getting every job scanned prior to concrete removal is a best practice that is growing in acceptance. At a national level, it is estimated that utility strikes have caused $1.7 billion in damages in the last 20 years and have resulted in 1,906 injuries with 421 fatalities. Locating utilities prior to concrete removal is a growing industry standard, as it can save time and money, and even prevent injury and loss of life. Saw cutting jobs are particularly unforgiving, as a saw blade will slice through everything it encounters.
We would love to serve your team by locating the conduit and shallow utilities that lie along your path. If you are saw cutting, digging or drilling in Tampa or the surrounding areas (Bradenton, Sarasota, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Lakeland, etc.) call Dusty Gilvin at 407.335.6588 to schedule our Tampa team.
Omaha, NE, Ground Penetrating Radar Systems of Omaha was hired to locate conduits underground in Omaha. This project was at a plant that required digging 3’-5’ and it was imperative to find the exact location of the High-voltage lines. It was vital to not have any costly electrical hits for the project to be successful. The technician was able to determine the depth and location of the conduits and prevented a dangerous accident.
GPR is essential for every company to use before digging or excavating. Scanning the ground using GPRS services prevents costly repairs 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
or at (402) 506-0815.
GPRS’s office in Phoenix, AZ. was hired by a client to locate utilities outside a Walmart parking lot in Tucson, AZ. prior to the install of a new canopy and some signs throughout the parking lot. GPRS utilizes both Ground Penetrating Radar as well as your typical electromagnetic locating wand. The area scanned for the canopy was roughly 200’x100’, just out front of the main entrance of the building. It was very important to have us come out and locate the utilities since there were many of them running through this area that nobody knew anything about. We were able to trace out all of the electrical to the light poles, water, and communication lines in the area. Once all of the lines were identified, we were able to confirm the depths by using GPR to see the lines underground. Call GPRS and we will find all your necessary underground utilities that are blocking your clear route for excavating.
Along with marking all findings on the ground with either pin flags or paint, GPRS also offers a service of collecting all the findings with a GPS and putting it into a google earth overlay or CAD for future reference. We can typically have the google earth overlay to the customer in 3 to 4 business days or less.
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 serving all of Arizona and as well as having offices all across the U.S in all major cities and states. Please feel free to contact Troy Bullock at 480-227-8614 or email me at
GPRS was contacted by a general contractor near Chicago, IL to scan an entire concrete slab face and underside as well as other areas for potential reinforcing in order to pre-fabricate metal plating for future renovations. GPRS was able to yet again be part of a bigger picture.
This building (as well as many other older buildings) did not have any as-built drawings, pre-pour pictures, or any other records for that matter of what may be in the concrete. After more than 2 weeks of scanning walls and overhead areas GPRS was able to provide the client with accurate marks in order to take measurements for pre-fabricating the metal plating.
“Time is a primary currency traded on any given construction project. At Ground Penetrating Radar Systems, our everyday efficiency in operations allows us to respond to the immediate needs of our customers, often within 24 hours or less.” (gp-radar.com)
Scan before you plan! This ensures worker safety and saves valuable time by targeting specific areas of concern. GPRS can also provide GPS reports overlaid on Google Earth or overlay information on pre-existing CAD files for future building plans. This is all done in a safe, time efficient, non-destructive manner.
GPRS assists by giving a real-time depth view of subsurface hazards such as reinforcing, utilities, conduit, underground storage tanks, voids, etc. This reduces the likelihood of subsurface obstruction strikes during core drilling, saw cutting, trenching, soil boring, directional drilling, anchoring, and other sub-surface applications.
Ground Penetrating Radar Systems uses the GSSI (Geophysical Survey Systems, Inc.) Sir-4000 technology in locating. GPRS also uses the RD-8100 Locator to locate live power and radio frequency (RF) signals underground. We can also detect utilities in or under concrete via induction or conduction with an exposed or known surface utility line.
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Nashville, TN, Ground Penetrating Radar Systems of Tennessee was contacted by an out-of-state general contractor in Nashville doing work on a hotel downtown. Unfortunately, he called too late. They were updating approximately seventeen bathrooms on seven floors and the bathtub drain had to be expanded from 2 1/2-inches to 6 inches. It appears they had decided to “chip carefully” instead of having the area scanned ahead of time with GPR. As it happened, there was a fire alarm conduit in almost every single location, and they ended up damaging several of them. This ultimately cost them approximately $14,000 after the repairs were completed. Fire alarm repairs are often very costly.
After we scanned the rest of the bathrooms, he thanked me, and said that they did not have to pay for a single incident after that. I was proud to have been able to help him on this project, but I wish that I was able to help him BEFORE his bottom-line took a down turn. I hope that this serves as a cautionary tale for others; adding GPR into bids and estimates that require concrete cutting and coring is just good business, not merely from a safety standpoint, but it will preserve the integrity of your projects and the relationship with your clients. For those of you who have damaged a critical conduit in the slab or cut a tension cable in a parking deck, you know, it can be really bad. Blame goes around and relationships sour, but what is important to know is that it is preventable.
Perhaps the old adage, “An ounce of prevention, is worth a pound of cure” says it best.
When you are cutting or coring concrete on your projects, it is important to have it checked for subsurface inclusions. Utilizing GPR scanning on your project can help mitigate risk, remove delays, and preserve the incident free professionalism that your clients demand.
GPR is the best technology to locate and map tension cables, conduits, and reinforcement within concrete slabs and can be done fairly quickly. This includes depths. No post processing is required.
Ground Penetrating Radar Systems of Tennessee is available to service the concrete scanning and private utility locating needs of Nashville and surrounding area.
For more information about GPRS’ services please contact Jonathan Deputy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 615-418-7367.