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Stop sweeping the trash forward: a four-step lean building strategy for on-time, on-budget, and safe project outcomes.

3D Laser Scanning Rent vs Buy vs Hire

There are three options to consider when utilizing 3D laser scanning for your next project - rent, buy, or hire a 3D laser scanning service. GPRS will educate you on these options to achieve your project goals.

Safety Tour of America: JE Dunn

JE Dunn is a valued GPRS safety partner who seeks to minimize risk through project-specific safety planning.

How Underground Utility Locating Works

Utility locating involves utilizing technology such as ground penetrating radar (GPR) and electromagnetic (EM) locating to detect and map power, gas, water, and various other types of buried utility lines in an area where groundbreaking activities are planned.

How Concrete Scanning Works

Concrete scanning is the process of using specialized, non-destructive equipment to locate and identify objects such as rebar, post-tension cables, conduits, and piping, embedded within concrete structures.

Hidden Dangers: The Risks of Tree Roots & Camouflaged Utility Structures in Public Spaces

GPRS has done a lot of great work for The Detroit Zoo over the years, so it was no surprise when they contacted us to locate underground utilities this spring.

GPRS Helps LSU Students Create Running Apparatus for Visually Impaired Children

Four college students wanted to give visually impaired children a safe space to play. GPRS is proud to have helped them create it.

Why Don’t We Do This More?

Another Construction Safety Week has come to a close and GPRS logged record-breaking attendance! Our Business Development Managers, Area Managers, and Project Managers organized 187 separate safety stand-downs/lunch & learn meetings across the country and trained over 16,500 workers on the best practices for constructi

Rent vs. Buy vs. Hire a Service Provider: Video Pipe Inspection

You have the option to rent or buy video pipe inspection equipment. But the cost, time, and money invested in proper training, and the risks involved, make hiring a professional the best option.

Field Notes: GPRS Visualizes Infrastructure of Three Mile Island

GPRS has conducted utility locating and precision concrete scanning and imaging services at Three Mile Island, the site of one of the worst accidents in the history of the U.S. nuclear power industry.

Safety Tour of America: Frank Gay Commercial Services Prioritizes Safety

Frank Gay Commercial Services is a top ranked contractor with over 100 employees, and a valued GPRS safety partner.

$56,000 & 12 Weeks Of Downtime: How Is That “Easy?”

In a recent study of facility managers commissioned by GPRS, it was reported that two-thirds of facility managers have experienced campus damage due to a utility strike or other locating issue.

GPRS Digs A Little Deeper: National Safety Outreach In The Media & On Site

When we arrive on site, consult with stakeholders, or provide expert education to our partners, safety is always our #1 goal. Our passion for keeping workers safe around underground utilities like electrical, gas, water, and telecom lines extends past when the job is over or the day ends.

GPRS & The University Of Toledo Both Benefit From Partnership

GPRS is providing our 99.8% accurate utility locating and mapping to UToledo’s campus in exchange for field training for our Project Managers

Field Notes: How To Recognize and Scan Unusual Rebar Patterns In Historic Buildings

Precision concrete scanning and imaging are at the heart of GPRS. We’ve been leading the industry with ground penetrating radar (GPR) and electromagnetic (EM) imaging as a concrete scanning company since 2001, so it’s easy to think when it comes to concrete slabs and rebar, we’ve seen it all.

Safety Tour of America: Rudolph Libbe Stays Consistent on Safety

The construction arm of the Ohio-based Rudolph Libbe Group offers a wide variety of services that can be tailored to meet the needs of any client or project.

Robots Can’t Fix Everything

Autonomous demolition equipment is more popular, efficient, and cost effective than ever. According to a recent report by Digital Journal, manufacturers and suppliers are observing a significant rise in the demand for demolition robots – particularly when the project involves older buildings and structures.

Safe Digging Month: Safe Excavation Practices & Utility Locating

While 811 call centers reported an 8% uptick in location requests for public utilities, a full 60% of excavation damages reported to the Common Ground Alliance as part of the 2021 DIRT Report were caused by professional excavators who had not requested a locate through 811.

Safety Tour of America: Murphy Co. Built on Passion for Safety

Murphy Co. is the largest mechanical contractor in St. Louis and the 17th largest in the United States. The firm now has more than 300 salaried workers and 900 union craft workers in the pipefitter, boilermaker, plumber, sheet metal, HVAC, and laborer trades.

Field Notes: A New Favorite Office

That’s what GPRS Project Manager Cole Dickson kept saying to himself as he carefully positioned his Leica RTC360 3D laser scanner on top of the craggy, unforgiving bedrock under his boots.

GPRS Team Members Share Knowledge of Avoiding Subsurface Damage

Two GPRS team members recently shared some of their knowledge of the utility locating and concrete scanning industry.Chris Moore, GPRS’ Senior Vice President of Internal Operations, spoke with ISHN Magazine’s chief editor Benita Mehta for a podcast.

Striking Underground Utilities is a Recipe for Disaster

In Huntsville, Alabama, a family of seven saw their house explode after an independent contractor struck a gas line while working in the area. And residents in one neighborhood in O’Fallon, Missouri, were forced to evacuate their homes numerous times over a months-long saga.

Money is Leaking Out of Your Pipes – But We Can Help

If you oversee a business or municipality’s water system, money could be leaking out of your pipes right this minute. When a leak occurs on an underground water or sewer line, severe damage can occur without any water ever reaching the surface.

Field Notes: My One-In-A-Million “Real Fun” Day at Comerica Park

GPRS located water, sewer, and irrigation lines at Comerica Park before the Detroit Tigers began moving the outfield wall to turn their 422-foot outfield to 412 feet.

Training Manuals

Utility Locating: Electromagnetic Locating
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Ground Penetrating Radar: Rebar Slabs
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Ground Penetrating Radar: Dielectrics
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Concrete Scanning – Slab-On-Grade
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Ribbed Slab Construction: Slab Type – Ribbed and Waffle
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Understanding Decking from a Concrete Scanning Perspective
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Understanding Decking from a Concrete Scanning Perspective - Hollow Core
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