Concrete Scanning at the Hoover Dam in Las Vegas, NV

Opening in 1933, the Hoover Dam has been one of America’s most iconic landmarks for over 80 years. This dam not only helps form Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the world, but it also is a great source for hydroelectric power in the southwest. Without it, cities like Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Phoenix would most likely not be the thriving metropolis’ they are today. Due to the dam’s age and incredible importance in keeping the west watered, some upgrades were inevitably going to be needed. Recently, a company who was hired to take care of some of these routine maintenance issues needed concrete scanning done.

Ground Penetrating Radar Systems was called to scan multiple areas prior to drilling into the concrete for anchor bolts for the extremely heavy equipment that was going to be installed. The scanning done by GPRS allowed the customer to confidently drill without hitting the reinforcement in the 30 inch concrete slabs. GPRS used a 1600 mHz antenna with the ground penetrating radar to scan the areas. All of the findings were clearly marked on the surface with permanent marker and discussed with the customer before drilling began. Had they not wanted permanent markings, GPRS is always ready to mark findings on concrete using crayon or tape instead. Whether working on an older historic landmark, or a freshly built hospital and everything inbetween, Ground Penetrating Radar Systems can help.

Prior to saw cutting, core drilling, excavating or boring in the Las Vegas and Southern Nevada areas, be safe & get as many questions answered as to what sub-surface obstructions are present. Pretty much, if you have questions about what lies beneath whatever surface you’re working on, GPRS should be able to give you a much clearer picture as to what you are dealing with. Typically able to arrive on site to begin scanning within 1-2 days, GPRS will take care of your project in a timely, safe, and accurate manner. Contact the Las Vegas GPRS Project Manager, Andrew Yates, at 702-573-9228 or

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