From hurricanes and tropical storms to earthquakes and tornadoes, natural disasters cause extensive damage to buildings and infrastructure. The effects are immediate. Buildings and sites can be full of potential safety hazards – buildings shift, structural integrity is compromised, pipes are damaged, and concrete conceals unexpected voids.
A rapid, detailed, and accurate infrastructure assessment is necessary after a natural disaster to capture a full and clear picture of the damage. GPRS can quickly collect data and assess your building or site with the following scanning and mapping services:
- 3D Laser Scanning – Quickly receive as-is existing conditions site information virtually via point clouds, 2D drawings and 3D models.
- Utility Locating – Use ground penetrating radar to identify the location of utilities beneath the surface.
- Video Pipe Inspection – Industry-leading video cameras inspect under groundwater and sewer lines to locate clogs, investigate cross bores, find structural faults and damage, and conduct lateral sewer line inspections.
- Concrete Scanning – Perform full concrete structural reviews by detecting and locating rebar, post-tension cables, electrical conduit, and voids.
All data is captured virtually, offering a single source of information to assess the current as-is conditions and deficiencies.
The physical damage caused to buildings and other infrastructure (e.g., residential buildings, commercial buildings, roads) can be documented using 3D laser scanning. Every point of the building or site is captured and mapped onto an XYZ coordinate system for an intelligent visualization to remove any guesswork from decision making. Critical existing conditions information helps contractors and engineers expedite construction planning using the real-world building data as the foundation.
Utility locating is critical to any construction project after a natural disaster where subsurface excavation is planned. GPRS uses state-of-the-art technology to deliver the most accurate and comprehensive information and mapping for water lines, gas lines, sanitary sewer lines, storm sewers, electrical lines, telecommunications, irrigation lines, abandoned lines, and underground storage tanks. GPRS provides a complimentary .KMZ file and PDF of every outdoor utility locate we perform.
Video pipe inspection (VPI) is a sewer inspection service using industry-leading video cameras to identify problems by inspecting underground water, sewer lines, and lateral pipelines. GPRS’ NASSCO certified technicians can locate clogs, investigate cross bores, find structural faults and damage, and conduct lateral sewer line inspections.
Because concrete drilling comes with risk, GPRS Project Managers are equipped with multiple technologies to clear areas before core drilling and anchoring. Our scanning and imaging services can be completed on any surface, including concrete slabs, walls, columns, and beams. Upon completing the scanning process, you will have a clear layout of critical impediments such as post-tension cables, rebar, beams, and conduit.
Identification of concealed subsurface voids is critical to prevent major failures from occurring after a natural disaster. The development of voids beneath roadways and concrete is a serious hazard, it is important to detect their existence, location, and size. GPR has advanced to a level where the subsurface conditions of roadways and concrete can be diagnosed with confidence. The early detection of voids with GPR can prevent safety hazards such as the structural collapse of concrete, roadway failures, and disjointed storm pipes.
GPRS can be the first step in helping you rebuild after a natural disaster. We offer rapid response to your job sites, often within 24 hours. We have over 300 highly trained personnel that are able to commit to any project at any location. Our approach offers quality data that is virtual, catalogued, and secure.
It is important that damage is properly assessed and documented. Call GPRS today to conduct a full inspection and assess the current level of damage.