Ground Penetrating Radar

Using Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR)
For Safety In The Construction Industry

Over time, the construction industry has evolved and become much more modern than most people assume.

One of these advancements is the use of ground penetrating radar in a number of different projects before breaking ground. This is used to prevent accidents, speed up projects, determine the supplies needed ahead of time, and to gain reports about a potentially hazardous object.

Each and every job that is done by construction companies can generally benefit from the use of this radar.

scanning concrete with ground penetrating radar
One of the most common uses for this tool is scanning a potential site before a contract is drawn up. This allows the company to understand what they are getting into before they start on a site, allowing an estimate to be much more accurate.

This makes the people who are looking to hire feel like they are being treated better and keeps the entire process moving along much more smoothly.

Another use is to look at objects that appear during a routine operation, ensuring that the safety of one’s crew is not compromised.

This practice saves tons of lives each and every year, and can usually be done very quickly. This saves time compared to manual survey teams and is usually much more cost effective as well. Many times this is used in countries where war efforts have occurred and the safety of a given area is in question.

Concrete scanning to find utilities prevents the destruction of utility lines, sewer piping, and transport tunnels under different sites. This can be particularly important in areas with heavy groupings of historical artefacts in need of protection. These artefacts can then be removed, or the plans for construction can be altered to ensure that the historical fabric of the given area is kept intact. This can also be used to eliminate the possibility of those objects being in an area, keeping companies from needing to employ retrieval experts or overseers who are trained in the spotting of historical objects.

The cost of this procedure is usually quite low, and most companies find that once they have made back the cost of the initial equipment it saves them thousands of dollars each and every year.

Over time, this can add up and become a saving in the millions of dollars. For companies who are already using this technology, the benefits far outweigh the risks and there is no need to convince them to keep their equipment up to date.

Generally, there is not much need for training when operating this kind of equipment. Individuals who are used to working with the equipment are able to teach others, and only one or two certified individuals is needed on each and every time. This makes it much more cost-effective than other measures that might be undertaken by companies to try and preserve the area around a site.

Overall, this is a wonderful technology that seems rather new but has been found to work in a huge variety of situations, giving companies a leg up where they were previously working blind. For anyone worried about the safety of their employees, it is a quick way to ensure that everyone makes it home at the end of the day.

It is also helpful for companies that are working in historic areas and may make it easier to get the permits needed to work in areas that might otherwise be off limits. Any company seeking to improve historical areas or areas of high risk should use this technology in conjunction with other available technologies to ensure they are doing the best work possible.