Never go in to a demolition project without having as much information as possible. It can be difficult to determine where new floor plugs & plumbing should be placed in the design phase without having any information as to where existing conduits/structures are below. Ground Penetrating Radar is an excellent tool to utilize when trying to layout floor cores. GPR can detect structural beams, conduits, reinforcing steel, etc. inside or below concrete structures.
A general contractor had a project inside a Medical Facility in downtown Phoenix, AZ where they needed to core drill holes from the 1st to the 4th floor. The core drills were needed to install new utility pipes that passed through all 4 floors of the building. They also had some areas in the basement of the building where saw cuts needed to be made prior to installing new plumbing & electrical. The building was still being used for classes & couldn’t have any existing utilities compromised during the drilling process. It was essential to have as much information as possible on what was embedded or below sub-surface prior to continuing with the project. The general contractor contacted Ground Penetrating Radar Systems of Arizona to scan the areas using ground penetrating radar. GPRS was able to mark the locations of existing conduits, beams & reinforcing steel directly on the surface using real time applications. GPRS scanned an area big enough to allow for any corrections to be made if a proposed core was on top of any structure or existing conduit. This allowed the general contractor to proceed with the design layout without wasting any precious time. GPRS then communicated all of its findings with the onsite Superintendent to ensure the comprehension of all the markings.
GPRS provides real time results for their clients. The methods used are extremely safe & cost effective. GPRS technicians are highly trained in every application utilized. Contact Senior Project Manager of Arizona Thaddeus Bullock, at 480.540.6092 or
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The purpose of this utility locate was to potentially find the main water line. The customer is going to be installing a canopy in the area where this main water line was found. It was crucial to find the water line and trace it out so that the customer was aware of the water line running down the middle of the install area. It is necessary using underground utility locating to find any other potential lines as well, as it is our duty to ensure safety on all projects.
The company that hired GPRS made the wise decision to have utility locating done prior to digging. A 400 mHz antenna with the ground penetrating radar was used by GPRS to scan the areas as well as a Radio Detection wand which picks up most utilities with a current running through it. All of the findings were clearly marked on the surface with spray paint and discussed with the customer.
Prior to saw cutting, core drilling, excavating or boring in Arizona, be safe and it is the best practice to get as many questions answered as to what sub-surface obstructions are present in any given area. If you have questions about what lies beneath the surface you’re working on, GPRS should be able to give you a much clearer picture as to what you are dealing with. We are typically able to arrive on site to begin scanning the dedicated area within 1-2 days. GPRS will take care of your project in a timely, safe, and accurate manner. Contact Phoenix Area Manager, Troy Bullock, at 480-227-8614 or
Ground Penetrating Radar Systems’ Memphis, TN office recently worked with an out-of-state environmental company to help them locate underground utilities for the building before they conducted soil sampling in the area. The company did not know where or how may utilities were in the area before calling GPRS. We were able to find underground utilities, without shutting down the business while working around customers carefully. We found the building’s power, communication, site lighting, gas, sewer, and an unknown line for the customer in the areas. We then provided a map of our findings so the company could have the site utilities on record for future projects. The GPRS scanning method prevented any delays to the project that would have been caused if they were to strike a utility in the area. Scanning and interpretation are in real-time, so project managers can instantly receive results, relay them to their team members and make necessary adjustments on site without causing any delays. GPRS uses non-destructive testing equipment to locate piping, underground power, gas lines and other metallic objects which are otherwise unable to be seen. Using GPRS is a safe, efficient, cost effective way to make sure you can safely drill or trench and not destroy any underground utilities.
Other services we offer are: Underground Utility Mapping, Underground Tank Location, Conduits, Concrete Analysis, Rebar Mapping, Void Location and more. GPRS is a nation-wide company with local project managers in over 50 cities. If GPR services are needed in West Tennessee, contact Nathan Gallowitz at 901.233.9964 or
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