A Guide to Ground Penetrating Radar Services

Undergrounding utilities, either with a concrete slab indoors or outdoors before getting down to work, is a must, especially when it comes to mapping and surveying the site of your project. To identify subsurface utilities including buried fiber optics, asphalt, concrete, terracotta, composite pipes, gas lines and plastic water pipes, GPR which is designed using the latest GPR (Ground Penetrating Radar) technology, is the only non intrusive method you can use.

To display, on a screen, a live image showing the position and depth of the object or pipe in question, GPR uses the same working principle used by sonar devices fitted on boats, a receiver is used to detect and record a “backscattered” signal. GPR is a remarkable piece of technology designed for construction purposes when paired with vacuum excavation.  

1. Stay Within The Schedule of the Project

Contractors, architects and engineers spend massive amounts of time planning around tight project schedules.

Unexpected occurrences, such as when an electrical conduit is cut when drilling into a concrete slab or a utility pipe is damaged during the excavation phase, are considered to be among the biggest project management issued you can encounter. To help you steer clear of such costly mistakes, vacuum excavation technology and (GPR) Ground Penetrating Radar were invented.

To ensure that you dig or drill confidently, GPR service can assist you with locating any equipment and utility pipes buried in concrete slabs or the earth, giving you a clear picture of the specific location of services and utilities before the commencement of core drilling.

2. Stay Within The Projects Set Budget

Due to the ever increasing level of competition in the construction and maintenance industries, budgets and schedules are tighter than ever before. This means that your profits might take a massive hit if anything were to go wrong. Fiber optic cable repairs can cost anywhere between thousands and tens of thousands of dollars, for instance. 

If you have to pay affected businesses for causing any service interruption in addition to the cost of hiring workers and buying materials to conduct repairs, your budget is bound to take a massive hit. As such, the profitability of the project at hand is influenced by the occurrence or absence of unexpected issues. 

By helping eliminate your chances of causing downtime for local businesses or your workers means that GPR can create substantial cost savings for your project.

3. Make Well Informed Decisions

You also get all the information you need to create and make adjustments to construction plans, in addition to staying within the project budget and schedule, by mapping buried objects and utilities at the site.

To help you effectively integrate the information obtained as quickly as possible in making calculated decisions and your construction plans before and during project execution, the information and knowledge provided through our ground probing radar surveys service can be transferred to BIM models and CAD files among others.

4. Bring Site And Personal Safety Risks To The Lowest Possible Levels

It is one thing to use our GPR information to control costs by properly planning your construction site, but minimizing the safety risks faced by your workers by knowing the location of things like underground utilities is entirely different.

Safety is by far the number one concern on construction sites these days. This can be the safety of your workers, the local community or the teams in charge of the maintenance of the site after your work is done. Contractors are now promising the delivery of projects that are injury free, on top of the higher occupational health and safety being adopted by the workers’ unions and the government as well.