GPRS South Florida – Locating Electrical Line at Brickell City Centre

Not long ago, the GPRS team operating out of South Florida was contacted by a company who installs the equipment that is needed in order to wash windows on high rise buildings. This type of equipment is responsible for supporting up to two individuals, with their window cleaning equipment, as they clean the tallest of buildings. This project entailed the installation of very large anchor bolts around the roof of the Brickell City Centre, a high-end shopping mall that recently opened in downtown Miami. The problem they were faced with was the location of an electrical line previously installed around the perimeter of the roof (located fifty-two stories above the ground). Accidentally drilling into that line could have been extremely dangerous, and most likely fatal. They asked GPRS to come out onsite and locate the electrical line in question.

Scanning along the edge of a building over five hundred feet tall is not something that we get asked to do every day, but it is definitely something we are capable of. Safety is priority number one before we walk on to any job site, and even more so with a project such as this. There was no wall or railing around the perimeter of the roof, which meant that anyone on this section of the roof had to be wearing a personal fall arrest system and be tied off to an anchor point at all times. Our project manager (pictured below), did just that. As you can see from the picture below, he was walking along the very edge of the building and stayed tied off at all times. Using the Radiodetection 8100 (not pictured) he scanned the entire edge of the building searching for live power. He was able to identify the line in question which was located directly where the company planned on drilling for their anchor points. With the information our project manager was able to provide, this particular client was able to re-design how they would be anchoring to the building.

The project was completed safely, without incident and in a timely manner. This is just one example of how GPRS can be extremely helpful in not-so-average situations. If you have an upcoming project that you would like us to assist on, please don’t hesitate to contact us. You can visit the “contact us” page at or simply click here.

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