GPR rebar mapping, reinforcing steel location and concrete imaging surveys to depths of up to 400mm. The high-resolution data is far superior to that offered by most other techniques.
- Site reinforcement surveys
- The advantages of GPR rebar surveys
- Contact and more information
Site reinforcement surveys
We use Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) for rebar mapping and concrete imaging surveys. The surveys are non-intrusive and cause minimal disruption. They can be conducted in vacant or occupied buildings.
Site surveys are undertaken by our trained and experienced GPR surveyors. Depending on survey requirements and access, scanning is undertaken either on a regular orthogonal grid or using standalone scans as required. Typically the collected site data is analysed off-site, meaning that the site data collection is quick and efficient.
A GSSI SIR 3000/4000 GPR control unit is generally used with a high-frequency antenna (typically in the range 2600 MHz to 1600 MHz). The 2.0 GHz Palm antenna is very compact and particularly useful for scanning small areas where access is restricted.
Locating deep reinforcing steel
The location of deep reinforcing steel (rebar) in reinforced concrete can be difficult. Cover meters and the Hilti Ferroscan are typically limited to approximately 100 mm. GPR offers major advantages for locating deep reinforcing steel:
- High resolution scans to detect rebar up to 400 mm deep
- Lower antenna frequencies to detect deeper rebar
- Locate deep rebar, orientation and depth of cover
- Rebar can be located in real-time
- GPR scan data can be saved for off-site analysis including CAD plotting
Ground Penetrating Radar can be used with different antenna frequencies to provide a range of penetration depths and resolutions. A higher frequency antenna (typically in the range of 2600 MHz to 1600 MHz) provides high resolution and depth penetration up to 400mm. Lower frequencies provide greater depth penetration, but at a lower resolution and may not be able to resolve individual bars.
Rebar mapping, reinforcing steel location and concrete imaging results can be plotted in CAD, presented on annotated radargrams (cross-section view), depth slices (plan view – see example below) or on sketches.
We can also undertake on-site reinforcement mark-up surveys.
The advantages of GPR rebar surveys
Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) detects changes in the sub-surface, therefore it is not limited to detection of reinforcement or metallic objects. It can be used to provide immediate results on site, or the data can be saved electronically and analysed off-site to provide detailed results such as high-resolution rebar mapping.
Using a high-frequency antenna, high resolution is possible to depths up to 400mm. Lower antenna frequencies provide greater penetration depth, albeit at a lower resolution.
Ground Penetrating Radar can:
- Detect metallic and non-metallic objects and features
- Map rebar distribution
- Can resolve two layers of reinforcement
- Detect voids
- Identify changes in construction
- Determine slab thickness
- Requires access to one side only
The results from our GPR Concrete Imaging can be used to confirm as-built drawings, determine reinforcement detail when do drawings are available and carry out structural assessments. Suitable for locating rebar and tendons before you cut, core or drill.
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Need more information?
Contact us to find out more about our GPR rebar mapping and concrete imaging surveys and how we can help you:
Telephone: 0207 565 7056
Download our information sheets about GPR rebar mapping and concrete imaging surveys.