April 11, 2014

Concrete Scanning and Testing in the Construction Industry

Category: Concrete Scanning and Testing — Tags: – Gabriel @ 1:44 pm

Ground penetrating radar testing and other testing and scanning technologies are non-destructive testing technologies that are used to inspect structures, locate cables and piping, measure the thickness of slabs and identify conduits in concrete structures.

What is the Purpose of Concrete Testing?

Concrete scanning and testing in the construction industry are to help surveyors and builders inspect structures prior to starting work. It can be used to minimize the cost of maintenance and make it easier and more affordable to repair structures. There are many different types of technology available. X-ray technology uses radiation to find solid objects underground, but it is not particularly efficient and it can be error-prone. It is generally only used in structures where both sides of the thing being examined are both visible and accessible.

On the other hand, ground-penetrating radar, or GPR technology is affordable, fast, accurate and produces results that are easy to understand. GPR technology is good for identifying areas where there is electrical wiring or plumbing, and it can also locate post-tension cables and re-bar, and help you to find the best places to knock in new openings.

Another purpose of concrete scanning and testing in the construction industry is to ensure that the concrete you are using is strong enough for the purpose it is being used for. Concrete is inspected to make sure that it has been mixed to the right specifications and that it is appropriate for use for the design in mind. Concrete technologists test concrete slabs and will not send out concrete that is weak or poor quality if the planned design requires concrete that must be capable of supporting a heavy, tall structure. As a builder, you should make sure that any concrete you use is suitable for the project you have in mind.