Concrete Imaging & Scanning Services in CT, NY, NJ, MA, RI
Detect Objects Embedded Within a Variety of Concrete Structures
Before drilling, cutting, or coring through concrete structures, our concrete imaging and scanning services can help you determine the location and depth of the following six objects commonly embedded within concrete:
Detect Voids & Map Deteriorating Areas of Concrete
Our concrete imaging and scanning services can also help you inspect older concrete structures to obtain the following information:
The Location of Voids
Areas of Deteriorating Concrete
Inspect Newly Built Concrete Structures
Our more advanced inspection services can help you determine if newly built concrete structures conform to the information shown on their as-builts:
Location of Rebar According to the Asbuilt
Location of Rebar According to GPR Data
Cross Section View of Vertical Rebar
Actual Location of Rebar in the Field
Concrete Structures Capable of Being Scanned
We are capable of scanning the following six different types of concrete structures shown in the photos below:
Scanning Concrete With Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) Technology
Our concrete imaging and scanning surveys are performed with ground penetrating radar (GPR) technology using a customized eight-step concrete imaging and scanning process. GPR technology enables our technicians to scan concrete structures in real-time using a small hand cart, providing immediate results right in the field. Unlike radiography (x-ray) the GPR signal is harmless, a permit is not required, and an exclusion zone is not necessary. Below is an example of some GPR data and the transcription of this data to the surface of a post-tension concrete slab.
A 3-dimensional GPR image showing a post-tension cable, conduit, and rebar mat embedded within a suspended concrete slab.
Interpretation of GPR Data
The transcription of the GPR data to the surface of the slab, showing the location of a post-tension cable (red wavy line), conduit (solid red line), and rebar mat (solid yellow lines).
Four Concrete Imaging & Scanning Survey Design Options
In order to handle a wide variety of different types of projects, we offer our clients four different survey design options. Feel free to choose the option that best fits your needs. If you are not sure which one that is, we can recommend one for you after learning more about your project.
When drilling, coring, or cutting through the slab at a single location, such as for running a new conduit or pipe through the slab, we can scan a 3' x 3' area surrounding this one location.
When multiple drilling, coring, or cutting locations are situated close enough to one another within the same section of the slab, we can scan one large area encompassing all of these locations.
When the exact drilling or coring locations or cutting areas are unknown and the structure is large, we can scan a specific section of it, enabling our clients to position their locations accordingly. This same design option is also useful when doing a concrete inspection of an extremely large concrete structure.
When an entire structure needs to be imaged because the exact drilling or coring locations or cutting areas are unknown, or the entire reinforcing layout needs to be determined for concrete inspection purposes, we can scan the entire structure. But this is usually very costly and time consuming, so we avoid it at all costs.
Two Levels of Concrete Imaging & Scanning Service
In addition to offering four different survey design options, we also offer two different levels of service. Feel free to choose the level of service that best fits your needs. If you are not sure which one that is, we can recommend one for you.
Level 1 - Field Markings
This is our least complex, quickest, and cheapest level of service. A concrete imaging survey is performed; the results of the survey are marked on the surface with chalk, paint, marker, tape, crayon, or wax pencil; and a consultation is then performed with an on-site representative to discuss the results of the survey.
Level 2 - Field Markings & Written Report
This is our most complex, time consuming, and expensive level of service. A concrete imaging survey is performed; the results of the survey are marked on the surface with chalk, paint, marker, tape, crayon, or wax pencil; a consultation is performed with an on-site representative to discuss the results of the survey; and a written concrete imaging report (PDF), explaining and documenting the results of the survey, is sent via email or a Google Drive shared link.
The Benefits of Using Our Services
Reduce the risk of personal injury
Minimize the risk of damage to rebar, cables, and conduits
Eliminate costly mid-project repairs and delays
Preserve the structural integrity of concrete
Increase the ease of drilling, cutting, or coring
Gain peace of mind