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How to choose the best expert in concrete scanning in Montreal?

If you are looking for a company for concrete scanning in Montreal work and want to make sure that the company you choose has the needed expertise to perform the task correctly, then keep reading the information we will be providing in the following sections.  Let’s go through details that you should check to be sure that you have appointed the right firm for any concrete slab rebar scanning in Quebec work.

How to select the right firm for concrete scanning?

Focus on Safety

You will have to check the steps that the company will be taking to ensure safety and security at the job site. You need to hire someone that has injury prevention and safety as their top priorities. The company you select should be able to protect strength as well as the structural integrity of concrete and ensure the safety of the structure.
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A little history about GROUND PENETRATING RADAR (GPR)

A little history about Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR)

Concrete X-rays for all types of construction projects began to first emerge in the early 1980’s as it grew to become the technique used in order to reduce risk in Construction Projects. The challenge in the X-ray technology is that the radiation emitted poses a huge risk to humans, specifically when used in a densley populated areas such as office buildings, malls, hotels etc…

Most of the time buildings needed to be evacuated prior to x-ray scan or work had to be done overnight. It is clear that projects took longer due to project delays & disruptions, since scanning with x-rays also took longer, up 5-6 hours a scan.
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Concrete scanning and its equipment

GPR VS. Electromagnetic

Since safety is our number one priority, we make sure to use the best and most widely used tools in our industry, GPR (Ground Penetrating Radar) and EM (Electromagnetic) equipment.

When scanning a site for utilities, utilizing GPR for the entire site would be beneficial to any project & profit any customer by providing a significant amount of data, due to the radar’s capability to discover non-metallic utilities without any plans or previous information that were any existing in the area.
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Assessing GPR

Assessing ground penetrating radar

We have posted different blogs on the different ways and uses of GPR, accordingly we would like to explain how it actually works. In this Blog we give you a description or an assessment of GPR.

GPR mapping can find all utilities, metallic and non-metallic. With Ground Penetrating Radar profiles, you can evaluate the location and depth of buried objects and investigate the presence and continuity of natural subsurface conditions and features.
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Locate underground utilities

Why locate underground utilities before drilling in concrete?

In recent years, a number of companies and construction contractors contact us to locate underground utilities in a concrete slab prior to sawing, drilling, etc.


Often it is clearly stated in the specifications it is absolutely necessary to know what is happening within the concrete slab rebar to prevent material damage (cuts to rebars, electrical conduits, telecom, etc.) but also injuries to the body of the workers on site.
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Scan concrete slabs for rebar

How to scan concrete slabs for rebar?

First of, what is rebar? Rebar is a steel bar or mesh of steel wires used as a tension device in reinforced concrete to strengthen and hold the concrete tension. Since concrete isn’t good with tension it needs rebar. Concrete without rebar is a short-term fix, not a good long-term structural choice.

Before you decide to tear up a concrete slab, it is a good idea to know where the rebar is. It is one thing to use equipment to break through a concrete structure, and another to come into contact with metal. The problem with finding rebar is that you cannot see it, and therefore you must use certain types of equipment to discern where it is so that you can break the concrete slab quickly and efficiently.
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10 Reasons to consider Underground Utility Locating

    1. Protecting employees: The # 1 concern in construction projects  is security. Safety & security for workers builds loyalty and quality of work from employees.
    2. Your Client’s Trust: When your client can see that you take safety and the protection of THEIR infrastructure seriously, a long-term relationship may be the fruit of their well-placed trust.

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Conduit detection at the construction stage?

Why drilling conduits before detection is it too often at the construction stage?

When we are contacted by generals and/or specialized contractors, they often arrive only when we scan the prescribed places, we then have to move the drill because of ducts, reinforcement bars or obstacles. This causes a lot of costs for all project stakeholders, all sorts of extras, loss of time & money, etc.

Why not scan in the planning stage as this would reduce all problematic issues considerably? Are contractors and consulting engineering firms ready for this change?
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Scan Plus can help find underground utilities

Scan Plus specializes in the safe and accurate location of all underground utilities (Electric, Gaz, Sewer, etc..). We utilize an extensive array of equipment to help us locate even the most complicated underground utilities. Most utilities can be located using a standard digital locator. For other commodities, more specialized equipment is needed.

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