Miami Office Scans Beam To Assist Designers In Structural Integrity Investigation
The South Florida office for GPRS worked recently on a project in a manufacturing facility that was being renovated. Part of the renovation process was to change the layout and function to parts of the facility. As a result, based on the new equipment location and other variables, the engineers and designers were required to perform a GPR (Ground Penetrating Radar) investigation on structural beams to determine the amount of steel, location and potential size of the rebar in the beam to assure the building was structurally sound to handle the new weight distribution. In the image above, Peterson Jean-Baptiste can be seen scanning the beam with partial markings already on the surface. In this image horizontal rebar and vertical stirrups can both be seen in the markings.
One main take-away from this project image. GPRS Project Managers all are equipped with multiple antennas to utilize when encountering different applications. In this situation in particular, Peterson was able to use him Palm antenna to get additional information (ie another layer of rebar located near the top of the beam) due the the small and versatile nature of the Palm. Traditionally, companies will use a basic 1500/1600 MHz antenna, which would have been too large to locate all the rebar in this beam. Having the proper tools on all job sites is paramount in getting the most accurate information possible. The Palm and 1600 are only a couple of the many tools our GPRS Technicians utilize every day to mitigate subsurface obstructions and provide the best possible scanning solutions for your project sites.