Construction teams and engineers must work hand in hand to make sure that buildings and structures go up in a safe yet timely manner. In Orlando there is an array of amusement parks, resorts, hotels and a so on. Currently everything seems to be growing which is great for business, but it also means that sometime we have to be even more careful when making changes to plans.
A construction team at one of these amusement parks was handed down an alteration that needed to take place to account for an addition they had not initially planned on. Basically, they needed to drill for anchors into a structural column to add some metal plates. They needed to make sure they abided by the requests for the changes without undermining the integrity of the structural steel. Being well acquainted with Ground Penetrating Radar Systems, the supervisor reached out to them and had them come out to scan for the structural steel (rebar) prior to drilling.
After arriving on site, the construction team had already had a boom lift brought into the area so that the GPRS professional could access three columns from top to bottom. The GPRS professional pulled out the GSSI SIR 3000 with a palm antenna. Palm antennas are great for concrete scanning when scanning overhead, close to walls, or any other tight areas. GPR is used to scan for most subsurface elements, but in this case, it was being used to map out structural steel or rebar. The team member scanned all three columns from top to bottom and all the way around. While scanning, they marked out the rebar with markers to give the team a visual of where the steel was located. Once the areas were scanned, the construction team consulted with the engineers about where the plates would need to go. Based on the findings from the scanning they were able to come up with an informed plan. After all was said and done they were able to install the new metal plates without undermining the integrity of the structural steel.
Below, you will see a picture below depicting Nate Schmoe, of GPRS, Inc. scanning the columns with the palm antenna. If you would like to receive a proposal for similar work please visit the “Contact-Us” page at
Ground Penetrating Radar Systems, Inc. of Phoenix, AZ. was contacted by a solar contractor in Tucson, AZ to locate PT cables on an outdoor basketball court. The contractor was looking to install multiple support columns to carry the load of new solar panels over top of a basketball court at a park in Tucson. Four of the columns were to run between the two basketball courts through the concrete. It was very important to scan this area prior to cutting the concrete for the install of these columns to avoid cutting into any Post Tension cables. Once scanning the four locations, we were able to show the client that where they wanted to install the columns, it was loaded with approximately six Post Tension cables running the entire length of the basketball court. This information was very important to the client to help determine if they are able to install the columns in these exact locations or not.
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 efficiency 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
Ground Penetrating Radar Systems of Omaha was hired to locate conduits underground in Omaha. The project involved required digging to remodel an existing parking lot. GPRS was able to locate high voltage electrical lines running through the area of scope. Every GPRS project is only successful if there are no accidental hits or strikes. The technician was able to determine the depth and location of the conduits and prevented a dangerous strike.
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.
Prior to excavating or drilling, it’s always essential to have information as to what underground utilities could possibly be passing through the proposed areas. Not knowing what utilities could be in the area could result in serious injury and also cost the contractor a bunch of money to repair anything damaged. These facts are multiplied when working inside a cell tower compound. If any utilities were damaged, the cost of repair would be astronomical.
A general contractor had a project inside a cell tower compound near Tucson, AZ where they were going to be trenching for placement of new electrical and a concrete holding pad. The contractor didn’t have any as-built drawings depicting the paths of existing utilities passing through the compound. It was apparent there were utilities passing through the trenching area but the contractor needed to know exactly where the utilities were so they could design properly. They contacted Ground Penetrating Radar Systems of Arizona to investigate the area to search for underground utilities. The GPRS technician first did a site walk of the compound to see if there were any visible manholes or transformers indicating utilities in the area. GPRS utilized ground penetrating radar & radio detection to locate any utilities in the area. They marked numerous separate utilities passing directly through the proposed trenching location. One of the utilities marked was the main power feed to the cell tower housing. Everything was marked directly on the surface in real time and then communicated to the onsite personnel. GPRS also provided a hand-drawn sketch of the located utilities for future reference. The information provided by GPRS allowed the contractor to plan accordingly so no injuries occurred during the process and no underground utilities were compromised.
It should never be an option to dig, drill, cut or trench prior to having utilities located. Please contact the experts in utility locating and concrete scanning of GPRS, LLC in Arizona. Senior Project Manager, Thaddeus Bullock, can be reached at 480.540.6092 or
For additional information check out the website at www.gprsinc.com.
Locating underground utilities– Kansas City, KS
Ground Penetrating Radar Systems (GPRS) was called to locate underground utilities in Kansas City, KS. The client wanted all the utilities in the area marked so they could take soil samples. Thanks to the quality work performed by GPRS, our client was able to perform his work in the area, and prevent any costly repairs or injuries to his employees.
GPRS’s expertise in locating the unknown can provide the fastest and most reliable locate for your next project. GPRS can assist you with all of your locating and radar needs. Using GPRS will not only save time and money during construction, it can also save a life. Ground Penetrating Radar Systems can also assist you in your projects in Wichita, Salina, Dodge City and any other area in Kansas or Missouri. For more information about GPRS capabilities or questions on how we could assist you on your next project, please contact Terry Jeffries at
Locating Reinforcement in an Elevated Slab- Kansas City, KS
Ground Penetrating Radar Systems was called to locate reinforcement in an elevated concrete slab in Kansas City. The client was going to be core drilling approximately 400 holes and wanted to make sure that no reinforcement or conduits were struck while drilling. Thanks to GPRS’s expertise in locating the unknown, the client was able to perform his work with no issues.
GPRS’s expertise in locating the unknown can provide you the fastest and most reliable locate for your next project. GPRS can assist you with all of your locating and radar needs. Using GPRS will not only save time and money during construction, it can also save a life. Ground Penetrating Radar Systems can also assist you in your projects in Wichita, Salina, Dodge City and any other area in Kansas or Missouri. For more information about GPRS capabilities or questions on how we could assist you on your next project please contact Terry Jeffries at