Drilling into concrete can be more complicated than what you might expect. After all, you never know what could be buried in the ground or embedded in the walls and ceilings that you have to break through with a drill. Even the highest-quality concrete can be broken down, no matter how durable it is. The thing is, concrete is often reinforced, so how do you tell if it is?
Using Ground Penetrating Radar
Ground penetrating radar is also known as GPR. it uses a radio antenna to shoot signals down into the ground and return these pulses back to the operator to form a map of what is underneath the concrete surface that you need to bore down into on the job site. The receiver collects these signals and interprets them so that the users can understand what they are supposed to mean. The technicians running the system will be able to locate and mark off rebar, foundations, utility cables or other obstacles and know where to avoid them once the drilling project begins.
Reasons to Scan
One of the most important reasons to scan the concrete is to ensure the safety of everyone on the site. After all, job site accidents are bound to happen, but minimizing the hazards involved is still obligatory. Pipes, cables, and reinforced steel can all be in the way when you want to drill. Plus, hitting any power conduits could cause an electrical outage that can keep other tools such as saws to stop working for the time being.
Two other reasons to run a GPR scan is that you can save money and save time. Hitting anything under the surface of the concrete can slow down the project and force you to miss deadlines. Missing deadline dates will make clients unhappy, and they could cancel the contract with your firm as a result.
How to Recognize an Excellent Job
How do you know when you have seen a superb job of concrete drilling and GPR usage? This question is worth answering while you are deciding what to do next. It starts with a visual scan where a walkthrough of the site forms an initial survey of what to expect. Then the scan happens, followed by an analysis of the results. Once all of these steps are completed, the actual work of drilling can start.
Prioritize Safety with G&M Services
G&M Services is proud of our employees and the dedication they have for safety in the workplace. We reward our employees for displaying positive safety practices. We incorporate weekly and monthly discussions and meetings to ensure that all involved are aware of how to handle equipment and potential situations that could occur during a project.
G&M Services offers services in the way of concrete drilling and sawing, concrete scanning, and Firestop. To get started with us, call today at 410-787-8828 or visit our contact page. Follow the official company page today on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.