Call GPRS for Concrete Scanning Services before Saw Cutting Westland, Michigan
Ground Penetrating Radar Systems (GPRS) was recently hired to complete a concrete scanning job for saw cutting at a neighborhood retail establishment. A local electrician contacted GPRS to come out and scan around an area to be saw cut in order to install a new conduit. Adjacent to the saw cut area was an electrical panel with multiple conduits entering the slab. This setting created a potentially hazardous situation where electrical conduits could be severed during the saw cut process, causing injuries, stoppage of work, or increased costs to the contractors. GPRS was hired to help avoid these hazardous scenarios by scanning the concrete for any conduits or other unknown utilities that may be in the way of the saw blade.
Upon arrival on site, the GPRS project manager (PM) met with the electrician and conducted a walk though of the area of interest. From there, the PM outlined the scan boundaries and calibrated the 1600mHz concrete antenna. Scanning of the area was performed in a grid pattern some diagonal crosses were also performed to check for utilities installed at angles. The investigation of the saw cut area revealed a concrete slab 3.5”-4.5” thick with wire mesh reinforcement. The scanning did not identify any conduits/pipes running though the area of interest. To be thorough, the PM used the Electromagnetic Pipe Locator to clamp onto the adjacent conduits and traced them out in directions away from the scan area. The EM Pipe Locator was also used in passive mode in the area of interest to sweep for any utilities that were not identifiable using ground penetrating radar. One potential line was identified in passive mode just outside of the scan area and was marked out for reference to the contractor. After the use of multiple technologies, concrete scanning was completed and all findings were communicated to the electricians.
In this case, the decision to hire GPRS allowed the contractor to be confident and worry-free in their saw cutting project. The area was cleared of utilities and important information such as slab thickness was discovered. Overall, GPRS was able to perform a vital service to a local company and helped to limit their risk of damage.
GPRS does not provide geophysical, geological, land surveying or engineering services. If you need such services, please contact an appropriate professional. -