Concrete scanning (or concrete xray) is a procedure that allows the user to locate underground utilities. This aspect is particularly useful when trying to build new structures such as a house or an apartment block. The procedure behind concrete scanning involves 2-D and 3-D images and maps created by the processing of the underground using Concrete radar. Most likely, a person that has the necessary qualifications to do so is a geophysicist.
However, concrete imaging is not only useful when trying to construct your own house. The ground penetrating radar to evaluate the thickness of environmental sites, ice covered lakes, ponds, dams, and so on. Cases of near surface imaging have also been reported in finding historical relevant cemeteries, and even old mine fields.
In an age where technology advanced to such an extent, nowadays, the industry of geographic scanning achieved a milestone, fabricating state-of-the-art equipment. Unfortunately, man has not been yet able to master the laws of physics, and the client must understand that. Only then the process of non-destructive scanning can be implemented.
Usually, there are two groups of concrete scanners: since not a concrete scanning is the same, the first group charges between one and two thousand US dollars per day per scanning. The result will be neatly presented to the customer in graphics, along with a written report.
The other group of scanners offers services that only perpetuate their primary business, very often in construction. They charge half of the initial scanning group, around $300 to $500per day. However, this type of company’s primary concern is to get approval for the project as fast as possible. Without any regard to the marked lines, the workers cut the concrete, and then install their products, such as plumbing lines, electrical, heat lines, or even pour the new concrete over the procedure. If, by chance, they hit a utility pipe, their main argument is that there are no guarantees in the geophysical business. The drawback of this aspect is that it undermines the actual credibility of the concrete scan.
To conclude, my personal advice is to be aware of the costs of the services. Since a professional scanning company charges on average $1200 per day, you should raise questions regarding the company that offers the same services at a price four times smaller. It is obvious that their main contracts come from other places, rather than just taking a quick scan. Most likely, the will purposely “hit” something, and then charge you a fortune for repairing the damage. Furthermore, companies that offer concrete imaging at a lower price have much less information on their website, compared to a professional one.
Being cheap is not necessarily the best way. For even if you are paying less for one type of service, you can rest assured that you will pay a whole lot more in the other sectors.