If it is done the right way, structural scanning can help you save money, time, and hassle. That said, if the process of ground penetrating radar is not completed correctly, there are potential hazards that can result in damage to the infrastructure, injuries, and other liabilities.
The bad news is that not all companies complete this process the right way. The good news is that at Subsurface Imaging, we have years of experience and we complete every job correctly. Read on to learn the three steps to structural scanning to ensure you know the difference between the right way and the wrong way. If you are in need of this or other scanning services, contact us at 866-997-2327 to get started.
- Visual examination
- The use of high frequency impulse radar
- The use of conventional utility locating equipment
Before any equipment is taken out, you need a highly-trained technician to assess what needs to go into the slab. They will do this by looking into the telecommunications closet, electrical room, fire arm control rooms, etc. Once they know what elements they are likely to find, they can be sure to locate all potential hazards that could cause issues with sawing, drilling, cutting, etc.
The truth is that if you work with a less experienced company, they may very well start with this step. While it is an important step – and in fact arguably the most important step – it should not be done until a visual exam has been done. Radar scanning can locate embedded objects in both concrete slabs and soil but it is best used in conjunction with a visual examination and with step three, conventional utility locating equipment.
Once both the visual exam and the use of high frequency impulse radar are completed, it is time to use conventional utility locating equipment. This confirms the results and sorts out any mixed signals. Too often, an inexperienced company will skip this step. While they may still end up with the correct results, at Subsurface Imaging we believe in getting as much information as possible to ensure the best possible end result for our clients.
The combination of these three steps gives you all the information you need
The reality is that information is not useful when out of context. If you simply look at what is inside concrete without knowing what should be in there, then you can miss important hidden elements. If you simply look at the results of GPR without confirming those results with utility locating equipment, something important may be missed.
At Subsurface Imaging we know how important it is for our clients to get accurate results. In fact, it could be argued that this is the only important thing. When you contact us at 866-997-2327 you will benefit from our years of experience and our access to the best quality equipment on the market.