Benefits of using Ground Penetrating Radar

Ground Penetrating Radar

When it comes to surveying and mapping your project site, fully understanding it’s underground utilities, either indoors with a concrete slab or outdoors before commencing work is a must. Using the latest Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) technology, Safe Dig’s GPR is the only non- intrusive method that can determine non-metallic or non-conductive underground services such as plastic water and gas lines, concrete, terracotta, asphalt, composite pipes and even direct-buried fibre optics.
GPR is in principle similar to sonar devices used on boats; the receiver detects the “back- scattered” signal, records it and displays a live image on a screen indicating the depth and position of the object or pipe. Coupled with vacuum excavation, GPR is remarkable technology for construction sites.

Here are our top 4 benefits of using Safe Dig’s GPR services for your next project:

1. Keep Your Project Within Schedule
Every project runs on a tight schedule and engineers, architects, contractors, etc. spend vast amounts of time project planning.
One of the biggest project management issues is of course, unforeseen issues, like when a utility pipe gets cut or damaged during excavation, or an electrical conduit was cut while drilling a concrete slab. That’s why Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) and vacuum excavation technology were invented, to avoid these costly errors.

Safe Dig’s Ground Penetrating Radar service can help by locating utility pipes and equipment in earth or concrete slabs before core drilling and give you a picture of where the utilities or services are located so you can drill or dig in total confidence.

2. Keep Your Project Within Budget
In maintenance and constructions industries, schedules and budgets are tighter than ever due to increasing competition. This means when something goes wrong, your profit margins can quickly be reduced. For example, repair costs for a damaged fibre optic cable can range from thousands to tens of thousands of dollars.
Budget impacts can be seen across not only the materials and personnel needed to the repair the issue, but also if you have to pay local businesses for the service interruption. Unforeseen issues can again truly dictate the profitability of your project.
Ground Penetrating Radar can provide untold cost savings by ensuring there’s no downtime for your workers or local businesses. Just contact Safe Dig today if you need GPR or vacuum excavation services in Brisbane, the Gold Coast, New South Wales, Gladstone or the Whitsundays regions.

3. Get The Information You Need To Make Decisions
Mapping underground utilities or objects on your site does more than just keep a project on schedule and budget; it also provides you with the information you need to make and adjust construction plans.
The knowledge and information that Safe Dig’s GPR mapping provide is also capable of being exported to CAD files, into BIM models etc. so that you can quickly and effectively use this information in your construction drawings, and make calculated decisions before, and while your project is underway.

4. Reduce Personal And Site Safety Risks
Having a clear plan of your construction site from our GPR data is one thing to control costs and schedule, having the ability to know where underground utilities are to limit the risks of employee injury is another.
The number one concern on any construction sites these days is safety. Safety for the community, safety for your workers and contractors, and safety for the maintenance and service teams who look after your project when it’s complete. The increase in the government and unions OH&S policies are staggering, not to mention that the best contractors in Queensland are now committing themselves to injury free projects first.

GPR and vacuum excavation are two services that provide utmost safety for the Queensland public and your workers, and while there is no technology, science, or procedure that can guarantee absolute safety on a work site, consider GPR before you dig, it could save lives.
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Some of our clients include All-Roads, Aurizon (level 3), Queensland Rail, Lendlease, BMD Constructions, QBC, Shamrock, Shadforth Civil, GHD Engineering, major and regional councils and hundreds of other private projects and clients.

If you have a work site, big or small that requires mapping, please just get in touch with our friendly team today on 07 3376 0856 or contact us

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