Why it is important to scan your concrete before drilling?

Why is It Important to Scan Concrete Before Drilling?

During construction it oftentimes necessary to do work on pre-existing concrete. Cutting, drilling, and coring are some procedures done to concrete walls and slabs. The concrete may contain post-tension cables, conduits, rebar, among other things. If these are hit during cutting, drilling, or coring it can result in significant damage. So, in the following sections we will look at:

  • How to Reduce or Eliminate Risks while Invasive Work is Being Done
  • Technique
  • Why Skipping Concrete scanning is the Wrong Thing to Do

How to Reduce or Eliminate Risks while Invasive Work Being Done

Concrete scanning is the right way of eliminating or reducing risks that exist when any type of invasive work is done on existing concrete reinforcement. Scanning helps to trace elements that are hidden under the surface and prevents technicians from hitting them.
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How a Thermography Test can Help You Save Money?

It is a fact that if something gets overheated the chances of it breaking down or malfunctioning increases dramatically. For this reason, using thermography is quickly becoming a necessity for ensuring appliances and other equipment perform as expected without unnecessary breakdowns. It is worth mentioning here that all the objects with a temperature higher than -273OC tend to emit infrared radiation.

The purpose of thermal imaging equipment is to capture this infrared radiation and turn into an image that is clearly visible. In addition to this, thermal imaging cameras instantly measure temperatures and convert available images into an understandable electronic format so that the available data can be further processed.
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How GPR can help you save money

If there is a need to cut into concrete then it is necessary to identify electrical lines and metal targets before it is carried out. If the location for cables, rebars, and conduits are not marked before cutting, and digging, drilling, trenching, or coring is carried out then it can easily result in mishaps and cost overruns. In the following sections let us look at how GPR used for concrete scanning in Montreal can help you save on cost.

How can GPR help avoid mishaps and save on cost?

At the time of concrete drilling or cutting if buried or embedded obstructions get hit then it can have disastrous results. It can cause project delays, increase expenditure, and result in worker hazards. In addition, if a rebar that is helping to strengthen the beam structure is cut, this may result in damage and failure of the structure. Moreover, if electrical conduits are cut then it can cause serious injuries as well as result in the shut down at job sites.
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GPR VS. X-Ray Technology

When you need to know what is in the concrete without destroying it, there are two options that you can use that are very effective …

As you know, it is important to scan before drilling, excavating or sawing concrete in construction or rehabilitation.

Two of the most popular methods include ground penetrating radar (GPR) and the x-ray to scan concrete. Both have their strengths and weaknesses, but now, you are better off using GPR than x-ray and here’s why: few constraints for the technician, low cost scanning conditions safer and scan less harmful than x-rays.
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