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.
Here are some facts on GPR and why its popularity. GPR waves are the equivalence of 0.01% release of waves as a regular cell phone, while X-rays often require a minimum clearance of 50 feet for scanning in all security. The x-ray equipment requires more personal technology than the GPR protection. These additional safety precautions often result in the temporary closure of the work area and a loss of productivity for the entire project.
A major advantage of GPR is that it only needs access to one side of the concrete slab compared to radiography of concrete that requires access to both sides of the slab
The last comparative difference between these two technologies, which for many companies is the determining factor is the cost. GPR is still cheaper compared to x-ray during auscultation of concrete. In relation to the cost, what must be taken into consideration is the loss of productivity since the technology of x-ray results from the removal of the workspace and additional protective equipment, which further increases the difference between GPR and X-ray.
Finally, if your business requires an image resolution of a slab, a wall or a concrete beam, the solution is ground penetrating radar because it is more versatile, safer and much less expensive than imaging x –ray.
Now that you are knowledgeable on the facts & comparison of GPR VS. X-Ray technology, the benefits to scanning with us are a bonus.