Capabilities for GPR
Yes! GPR is an excellent form of Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) to locate graves. We are often relied upon to locate both marked and unmarked graves. GPR is a non-invasive tool and we have never had a family member or property manager object to using our equipment over burial plots. We are very respectful when on a site and will leave little to no evidence of scanning a potential grave.
Yes! On almost a daily basis we are asked to perform this task prior to a concrete cutter core drilling through a slab that contains tension cables. We have performed over 1,000 scans prior to core drilling through a slab that contains tension cables and we have been 100% accurate. GSSI, the manufacturer of our equipment says we have the best locate success of any company using GPR.
Yes! GPR is highly sensitive to locating both ferrous and non-ferrous materials within a slab. On a daily basis Echo GPR Services technicians are locating conduits in both suspended and slab on grade concrete structures. Our most frequent applications are inside of hospitals and inside grocery stores. Our ability to locate conduits has resulted in hundreds of thousands of dollar savings for our customers.
Yes! Echo GPR Services will be able to grid out an area where corrosion is of concern. In a relatively short manner of time we will collect data from EVERY piece of rebar. Using sophisticated software and statistical analysis we will be able to identify where areas of corrosion are occurring and be able to provide quantitative data, correlated with on-site evidence, the extent of the corrosion.
Yes! In several applications we have been asked to not just locate, but identify whether a buried pipe is metallic or non-metallic. Many of these applications are at convenience stations where the ability to tear up a gas station and parking lot is not ideal for the client. All of our work can be, and is performed during normal hours of operation with zero interference with the normal course of business.
Yes! In many applications where evidence of a leak may only be the rising consumption of water on your bill we are able to perform a scan to locate where a water leak is located. GPR is highly sensitive to the dielectric constants of materials. Water’s dielectric constant is so high that it is a very strong reflector. On several occasions we have located water leaks with pinpoint accuracy.
Yes! For various applications Echo GPR Services has located voids in and below concrete. In the September/October 2008 Concrete Repair Bulletin, published by the International Concrete Repair Institute, Echo GPR Services worked with Structural Engineer Associates, Inc. to locate voids underneath the water fountains at Kauffman Stadium. GPR was able to pinpoint where the voids were and reduced repair costs.
GPR on it’s own isn’t accurate enough to determine the exact size of voids. Echo GPR Services has been successful at determining relative sizes of voids when able to verify through core drill samples.
Yes! Using GPR we can map out an entire area and gather exact location of all rebar in a structure. Using information supplied to us we can create a full contour map to identify locations where the depth of cover is out of spec. Please review our case study on Coralville, IA parking garage or Salem Nuclear Plant for greater detail and examples.
Yes, yes and yes. GPR is fully able to locate rebar and identify exact location in x, y and z-axis. We will also be able to approximate size of rebar and present all information to the inspector. In every circumstance the inspector has always accepted our reports when an inspection was not performed.
GPR specific to Echo GPR Services
Yes. For many states there is an 811 service that will locate utilities on public grounds free of charge. That service will only locate on public right-of-way. This includes homeowners and all public grounds. This will not include any utilities on private grounds such as a parking lot for a business. Prior to excavating Echo GPR Services will locate all utilities that an 811 service will not locate.
Yes. We place no limitations on where we will travel to perform GPR surveys. This includes all 50 states and any international location. To date we have worked in 36 states and 19 countries.
Yes. All of our technicians have undergone various training classes to be able to perform work in almost any environment. We even have workers that are certified to work in Nuclear Facilities. All of our technicians are also required to wear full PPE. Safety on a jobsite remains our highest concern.
Locating in clay soils is a very difficult task. Echo GPR Services is the only GPR company located in the Midwest offering utility locates because of our ability to successfully use GPR in clay soils. Our exact methods of locating utilities is a result of many years of experience of scanning in these conditions.
Yes. We would gladly visit you at your office or at a jobsite to present to you our capabilities. Please call us today to set up your presentation.
There isn’t anything we haven’t done with GPR. Our success rate is so high that even the manufacturer is astonished at our capabilities. Since our focus is entirely centered around GPR we have developed techniques and used previous experiences to continue our success with GPR. When 95% of all of our new business is created by referrals we know we are meeting our customers expectations. When you need to know, use Echo GPR Services.