GPR concrete scanning and digital X-ray imaging are two methods utilized in the construction industry. Both processes evaluate the integrity of the concrete structure as well as locate embedded features. This is a necessary step before concrete cutting, coring, or drilling.
Of the two methods, which is more effective? Is GPR or X-ray more efficient, safe, and accurate? Trinity Subsurface performs concrete scanning and imaging with GPR equipment. Ground penetrating radar can detect:
The technology of the ground penetrating radar equipment is significantly safer for all workers on a construction site than X-ray imaging. The typical power output of a GPR antenna is less than a cell phone. X-ray equipment is a known health risk due to radiation exposure. Companies that provide X-ray imaging services must ensure safety by clearing all workers from a large area around their X-ray location.
GPR scanning demonstrates several other advantages in addition to worker safety. This includes:
X-ray imaging relies heavily on technical interpretation to locate and identify structures within concrete. Although X-raying remains a viable and accurate testing method for marking objects embedded in concrete, the most cost-effective and safest option is GPR equipment. Trinity Subsurface, LLC provides GPR concrete imaging, a non-destructive concrete assessment method, to best meet the needs of its clients.