Via non-intrusive means of analysis, our team are fully equipped to conduct a variety of comprehensive concrete scanning procedures to identify a range of sub ground elements.
What Is Concrete Scanning?
Concrete scanning is the act of reading what sits under a concrete surface via the use of non-intrusive technology.
This is done in order to identify whether there are elements sitting under a concrete’s surface or to obtain an understanding of a known element’s condition. Concrete scanning is further able to identify whether anomalies such as voids or cracks exist under a concrete surface.
All of these scenarios are then interpret by our leading industry specialists who are readily available to help you with any endeavours you have in mind.
How Is Concrete Scanning Conducted?
Concrete scanning is the conducted via the use of non-intrusive technology such as ground penetrating radar (GPR), a cover meter, ferroscan instrument, ultrasonic scanning equipment and the like. This technological equipment is able to non-intrusively penetrate your concrete structure and understand what is going on beyond its surface.
Once this has been conducted, industry specialists are then able to interpret the findings and report back to you on the condition of your concrete. Additionally, recommendations regarding how to repair any poor condition found within the concrete are likewise provided.
What Can Concrete Scanning Detect?
Concrete scanning is able to detect a large range of different elements, depending on the technology which is being used. Overall, however, and in general, it is able to identify elements such as pipes, metals, asphalt, cables, masonry and such.
Concrete scanning is further able to record and understand changes in material properties and any voids and cracks existing below the surface of a concrete structure. This scanning method holds the ability to be conducted on a large variety of mediums beyond concrete such as rock, clay, sand, coil, ice, water, pavements and more.
In addition, this scanning method is likewise able to identify and communicate the condition in which a sub ground element or object is found to be in (e.g. corrosion, etc.)
Is Concrete Scanning Effective?
Concrete scanning is an extremely effective scanning method. Within the world of concrete scanning, often ground penetration radar technology is known for being the best technique for scanning concrete as it offers deeper penetration than other methods.
For example, Ferroscan and the Cover Meter are two methods which GPR technology is known for having better resolution than as its detection is not limited to metallic objects like these two aforementioned methods. GPR is further able to detect changes in a concrete’s subsurface and can detect most materials including plastic, wood and voids.
Overall, however, GPR technology is known for its precise, effective and very successful outcomes as it is able to provide specialists and clients with full and comprehensive reports regarding the condition of a concrete structure.
Why Is Concrete Scanning Required?
Concrete scanning if often required due to a large range of different reasons. For example, it is often necessary to understand the condition of any reinforcing bars lying at the core of the concrete structure as a means to understand its structural stability and strength. In addition, concrete scanning is widely used throughout renovation projects as they involve the cutting or coring of concrete slabs and it is thus crucial to understand if there is anything beneath the surface of these slabs.
Not knowing what is beneath the surface of a concrete slab is potentially extremely dangerous given that any elements being cut into could injure workers and cause accidents. Furthermore, cutting into elements such as electrical cables is not only extremely dangerous and potentially deadly, but is likewise very costly as this would disrupt the electrical supply, cause technical damage and delay the project. Concrete scanning can also be used as a preventative measure to maintenance the healthy of your structure through proactive, rather than reaction, action.
Benefits of Scanning Fire Damaged Concrete.
Concrete scanning if often required due to a large range of different reasons.
One of the main advantages of using concrete within the structure of a building is the resistance it has against fire. Most building materials that are exposed to fires are visually effected and therefore can be easily identified as unfit and later replaced. Concrete on the other hand changes very little in respect of the shape and size making it much more difficult to assess for damage.
The fact is that concrete does lose strength when it is heated above 300°C. The current methods that are used to assess damage involve entering potentially dangerous and unstable parts of the building, these results will propose any suitable repair methods or decide if demolition is required, as a result of this; the need for new assessment technology has never been greater.
Our GPR and Ultrasound technology is the best non intrusive solution to survey and identify any voids and delamination. industry specialists are then able to interpret the findings and report back to you on the condition of your concrete.
Our Concrete Scanning Services
Ground Penetration Radar
Our Ground Penetrating Radar services operate on a variety of difference concrete surfaces and structures. They likewise hold the ability to identify and analyse an abundance of different sub ground elements and objects as a means to give you a clear picture of what is going on underneath your concrete.
As well as helping you identify the current conditions of your sub ground concrete, we are further able to assist you as we put into practice the remedial recommendations we have expertly suggested. Before leaving the job site, we also make sure we communicate the best ways for you to maintain a healthy upkeep of your concrete going forward.
Rebar Corrosion Survey
Our comprehensive Rebar Corrosion Survey services utilise a range of non-intrusive methods in order to scan, identify and understand the current condition of the reinforcing bars under you concrete. Via industry leading technology, we are able to provide you with a concise and comprehensive report of exactly what is going on with your rebar.
We likewise extend our services and offer to place the recommendations we suggest into practice. We hold an extensive amount specialist knowledge and skill when it comes the why’s and how’s of your rebar corrosion. We conduct rebar remedies from entirely replacing them or treating them accordingly.
What Are The Benefits Of Concrete Scanning?
Concrete scanning holds a plethora of different benefits. For example, it holds the ability to preserve the structural integrity of your concrete given that slicing through embedded elements can weaken the concrete and impact its structural strength. Understanding what is going on under the surface of your concrete thus is likewise a time-consuming endeavour as it holds the ability to prevent large errors from taking place.
Cutting through a structure without being aware of any embedded elements can bring a project to a quick halt. Avoiding damage and errors likewise translates to saving money as the project will run more smoothly, meaning damage will not have to be amended, fines or penalties will not have to be paid and equipment or materials won’t have to be replaced. In all, a smooth project will allow for better for business to be conducted and will leave clients significantly more satisfied.