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FLORIDA CONCRETE SCANNING

We perform concrete scanning throughout Florida to locate anomalies in concrete floors, walls, columns and beams using ground penetrating radar systems.

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HOW IT WORKS

SCANNING FOR HIDDEN TARGETS

Concrete scanning is performed with a Ground Penetrating Radar system that emits one or more frequencies which are projected at nearly 1/3rd the speed of light into the concrete surface. The Ground Penetrating Radar system uses a sensitive antenna in the same device to capture waves as they are reflected back at the antenna. The radar waves reflect differently on anomalies inside the concrete allowing the technician to identify the anomalies as potential targets of interest.
Concrete scanning tools are used to locate a wide variety of targets in concrete pavement and structures. Metal has a high contrast with concrete pavement and stands out very clearly with the high-resolution tools used by Florida Concrete Scanning. In addition, Florida Concrete Scanning only uses the most advanced scanning tools that emit multiple frequencies instead of just one. The use of multiple frequencies allows for much greater accuracy and minimizes the possibility of failing to identify an important anomaly.

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WIDE VARIETY OF APPLICATIONS

WHAT WE CAN LOCATE

Some examples of targets that can be located with concrete scanning:

REBAR

UTILITIES

CONCRETE VOIDS

PRE-STRESSED CABLES

POST TENSIONED CABLES

CONCRETE THICKNESS

WIRE MESH

CONDUITS

SETTLING & MATERIAL LAYERS

CHALLENGES

WHAT TO EXPECT

Although Concrete Scanning is a tried and true method for finding anomalies in concrete pavement and structures, it is not without challenges. Some common challenges with concrete scanning are:

METAL

The presence of any large metal object in the immediate vicinity where scanning is to be performed can distort the radar waves due to the relatively large magnetic field that ferrous metal objects can generate. Also, radar waves are not able to pass through more than one layer of metal embedded in the concrete pavement or structure and as a result, a metallic object that is lying beneath another metallic object cannot be reliably located with the concrete scanning equipment.

ACCESS

It can be difficult to locate in certain hard to reach locations such as in corners, behind panels and in areas that are covered with a metal plate or which have a large air gap between the panel and the concrete surface.

DENSITY OF TARGETS

In areas of multiple targets or tight rebar patterns it can be very difficult to search for a specific type of target such as a pre-stressed cable. This is due to the inability of the radar to differentiate between rebar, cable and metal pipe. In order to overcome this challenge, Florida Concrete Scanning will map out the entire area to identify patterns such as the constant spacing of wire mesh or the consistent placement of rebar. Identification of patterns is an important process in attempting to locate a cable from other metal that may be present in the search area.

UNRECORDED CHANGES

Often, Florida Concrete Scanning is provided with plans and drawings that show the original design but do not show subsequent changes, modifications or change order work that was done after project completion. Florida Concrete Scanning takes the skeptical view of always verifying plan and drawing data. We never assume that plans are accurate or that all records are up to date. We look at each project area for signs of recent work done after the original work was complete.

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SOLUTIONS

CHOOSE FLORIDA CONCRETE SCANNING

Concrete Scanning is an essential part of the project since failure to locate targets can result in significant financial damages and delays. Consider the benefits of choosing Florida Concrete Scanning for your next project:

24 HOUR RESPONSE

Since Florida Concrete Scanning is local, we can offer (24) hour response service in most cases excluding holidays and peak schedule periods. If you need call- back service or additional work performed, we are never far away. Isn’t that better than waiting 3-5 days for a subcontractor to be scheduled? Florida Concrete Scanning knows that your time is money – call us for prompt service.

EQUIPMENT

Florida Concrete Scanning uses the most sophisticated, multi-frequency scanning equipment on every project. We do not take any chances when it comes to your project and insist on using only the highest-grade scanning devices made in the USA.

EXPERIENCE

Florida Concrete Scanning technicians are industry veterans who have on average more than (10) years of experience in the construction industry. We believe it is important that the technician has actual field experience as a contractor responsible for installing rebar and wire mesh. This experience is invaluable because a contractor who has actually bent rebar and placed it will know that it must be overlapped and spliced with different methods such as lap-splicing, mechanical splicing or welding. Knowledge of rebar splicing techniques together with other concrete industry knowledge is a considerable advantage when attempting to identify wire mesh or when trying to locate a pre-stressed cable adjacent to a tight rebar pattern.

LOCAL

Florida Concrete Scanning is a truly local contractor. We live and work in Florida and are familiar with the Florida building standards and norms. We live with the consequences of our work and therefore care deeply about the success of each project. Our reputation in Florida means everything to us since we are based in Florida whereas other firms are based elsewhere and are managing subcontractors over many different states.

NO SUBCONTRACTING

We never outsource our scanning to third parties or sub-contractors. Unfortunately, many large concrete scanning firms routinely use independent contractors who may or may not have adequate insurance coverage. With Florida Concrete Scanning, you know that you are hiring a certified, trained and fully insured scanning firm to perform this most important of tasks.

CHOOSE FLORIDA CONCRETE SCANNING FOR YOUR NEXT PROJECT

Florida Concrete Scanning is able to leverage Ground Penetrating Radar technology to scan concrete for a wide variety of project types. Some of the project types our technology can be used for include:
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AIRPORT CONCRETE TAXIWAYS

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CONCRETE PARKING GARAGE BOLLARDS

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LOCATING PRE-STRESSED CABLES

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LOCATING REINFORCEMENT PRIOR TO DRILLING OR CORING

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STRUCTURAL ASSESSMENT FOR REAL ESTATE INVESTORS

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DETERMINING APPROXIMATE CONCRETE SLAB THICKNESS

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UTILITY INSTALLATION IN FLOORS

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LOCATING REBAR IN SEA WALLS

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LOCATING REINFORCEMENT FOR BUILDING MODIFICATION

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IDENTIFICATION OF POTENTIAL VOIDS IN CONCRETE SLABS

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BUILDING DEMOLITION

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VERIFYING REINFORCEMENT INSTALLATION AFTER CONSTRUCTION

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DID YOU KNOW?

  • There are 352,786 utility service interruptions each year in the United States due to not locating utilities.
  • GPR technology is extremely versatile and can be used to identify and enormous variety of targets and has even been used by law enforcement to search for unmarked graves.
  • Hospitals and clinics often have oxygen lines and back-up generator lines running in and out of their primary structures.
  • GPR can identify potential PVC line targets even thought they are not metallic due to the hollow void inside the pipe.
  • Electric lines are extremely dangerous and private electric lines are normally unmarked and shallow. We have seen private electric lines buried only 2.0 inches deep!
  • Severing a Fiber Optic line can cause area-wide loss of internet connection and cost as much as $60,000 to repair.
  • The depth of Gas lines, Fiber Optic lines and other utilities can vary greatly on a single site due to terrain features. For instance, a line that is covered with 4.0’ of material in one area may be covered by only 1.0’ of material when running through a ditch.