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Understanding Concrete Scanning & What It Reveals

As a technology that helps you better understand your terrain before you start your task, concrete scanning safeguards workers and machinery before any demolition or cutting takes place. So, what exactly does this method unearth? In this piece, we'll explain the importance of this process for both productivity and safety.

What's Concrete Scanning?

Using a machine that transmits radio waves to determine whether there are any hazards or obstructions located in a slab is known as concrete scanning. The device records any bounce back from the radio waves, creating an image. Most people liken this to an X-ray, known as ground penetrating radar (GPR).

Common Finds With Concrete Scanning

Many reveals can be made when using concrete scanning before making the first cut or drill. Common finds include: ● Tension cables ● Plumbing and refrigerant pipes ● Cables ● Water mains ● Structural steel ● Support bars ● Thickness measurement of the slab.

When is Concrete Scanning Best Used?

Anytime a structure made from concrete is being modified by cutting, core drilling or demolishing is the ideal time to use this technology. It's an affordable option that can save you money long-term. It is usually employed when working with:

● Balconies ● Walls ● Beams ● Tunnels ● Bridges ● Slabs ● Ceilings ● Rooves ● Columns ● Pylons ● Decks ● Floors

The Importance of Concrete Scanning

It's essential not to overlook the importance of concrete scanning and how it

1. Saves Money

If you can save money on a project, then it's a win-win situation. This method is preventative and can save you financially quite considerably by avoiding hitting water mains or electrical work. The detailed report will enable the job to start without worry.

2. Safety

Your team and equipment will be safer when working a job when knowing what to expect. Using the GPR scanner ensures the whole team is safe and there's less risk of an accident.

3. Increase Efficiencies

Cutting with confidence when undertaking projects undoubtedly increases efficiency and can easily be achieved with a GPR scanner. Knowing nothing will be damaged and cost you to repair ensures the job is a little more mainstream and saves time.

4. Concrete Scanning Benefits

If you're still uncertain that concrete scanning is beneficial, our list of five main benefits should give you insight into just how excellent a service this can be:

● Locates safe areas to undertake electrical and core drilling work.

● Great for locating slab measurements and thicknesses.

● Finding cables and conduits.

● Locating voids and beams that provide structural support.

● Tension cable identification.


Q1: Can vertical ceilings or vertical surfaces be scanned?

Locating conduit and rebar in walls and concrete columns is not uncommon. A GPR scanner is used to find anything in concrete and underneath the floor for reinforced steel mapping.

Q2. Differentiating between a conduit and rebar

While these look similar when found with concrete scanning, their differences lie in the spacing and patterns. For example, a conduit is identified when there's a rebar break.

Q3. Cost of concrete scanning in Australia?

Costs associated with GPR scanning will vary depending on the shape and size of the task. Contact us for a free quote.

Q4. Who will undertake my concrete scanning?

The team at Precise Cut & Core are the ideal Brisbane solution for all your concrete scanning needs. We welcome you to contact us so you can confidently undertake the remainder of your task without worrying about hitting something you shouldn't.


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