If your project requires any digging, no matter how small, a ground penetrating radar (GPR) scan is a vital first step prior to starting your excavation. Our team at ACS Underground Solutions, serving the Northeast with underground utility locating services, wants to remind you that digging or drilling without prior scanning can be costly and even deadly.
Just a few months ago, 1 person was killed and 17 injured when a Durham, North Carolina downtown building partially collapsed after a gas explosion. Five surrounding buildings were also damaged and shockwaves could be felt miles away.
The cause? A gas leak and explosion caused by a contractor who was drilling under the sidewalk, hitting a 2-inch gas line.
THE IMPORTANCE OF GPR PRIOR TO EXCAVATION
A scan using ground penetrating radar (GPR) is necessary prior to excavation to ensure the safety of the workers on site, the building and inhabitants, and the entire neighborhood. The benefits of a GPR scan by ACS Underground Solutions include: improved safety, reduced risk of personal injury and property damage, time savings, and increased work efficiency.
HOW DOES GPR WORK?
GPR can detect underground objects and structures with high-frequency radio signals, creating subsurface images to help guide your contractors and engineers when excavating. GPR works by emitting pulses of high frequency electromagnetic waves through an antenna into the subsurface, and the reflected signals are then detected from structures below. Our team will mark the site with flags and temporary paint according to the APWA standards.
WHAT CAN BE DETECTED WITH GPR?
Even the most detailed design plans and construction drawings can’t foresee what’s hidden below the surface without GPR; this includes underground utilities, post-tension cables, erosion, and more. Nobody likes surprises during construction, but beyond staying on time and budget, non-invasive GPR ensures a safe excavation by depicting an accurate construction site.
DO YOU NEED A GPR SCAN?
If you’re planning a project that requires excavation, no matter how small, schedule a GPR scan prior to digging. A GPR scan should be completed prior to digging or construction so that your contractor can plan accordingly before work begins, in turn keeping the project on time and on budget. Click to schedule a GPR scan.
ACS UNDERGROUND SOLUTIONS | GROUND PENETRATING RADAR (GPR)
ACS Underground Solutions can help you know where to safely excavate with a GPR scan that helps determine the depth, direction, and distance of utilities underground. Prior to beginning your excavation, schedule a GPR scan. It’s quick, cost effective, and accurate. The advanced technology allows for scanning of many different types of sites and materials to identify obstructions below.
ACS Underground Solutions has been serving residential and commercial clients since 1997 and can accurately and precisely scan the ground prior to excavation using GPR. In addition to Underground Utility Locating with GPR in CT, NY, NJ, MA, and RI, we offer Concrete Imaging & Scanning, Infrared Thermal Imaging Services, Underground Storage Tank (UST) Locating, Video Pipe Inspection, and Leak Detection.
Areas served include Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. Contact us online or call us at 203-544-7190 to learn more about our services.