Meet Rachel Sturges, our Austin GPR analyst. Rachel is committed to bring you accurate scanning results to ensure safety in your project. She has worked at Penhall Technologies for almost two years, so she understands the importance of scanning first to save our clients time and money, while making sure that their projects are finished safely.
What does a typical day look like for you?
A typical day for me starts and ends in the shop spending time around the operators talking through jobs and building a friendship. Trust is a big factor in our field, I want the operators to trust in me and my work completely. Concrete scanning and utility locating jobs vary in the amount of time spent at each job so it is possible to have anywhere between 1 and 5 jobs a day. But you have to come to each job with a fresh set of eyes and be ready for anything.
How long have you worked at Penhall and why did you choose to work here?
I have worked for Penhall for 1 year and 8 months. For my first 4 months, I was helping with marketing strategies and business development. I did not have a construction background, so this helped introduce me to the world of concrete and construction. I chose to work for Penhall because they are a wonderful company and they really care about their employees. As a geologist, I see how GPR technology has many uses for interpreting subsurface data. The technology is evolving every day and I am able to continuously learn.
What is your greatest accomplishment at Penhall?
My greatest accomplishment with Penhall is being able to come onto a job where multiple other companies have previously scanned or are still scanning and prove myself. I have had the opportunity to educate customers on the technology and prove to them that Penhall can keep their project safe and on time.
What has been the most interesting jobsite/finding?
I have worked on multiple large jobsites all over and these are the most interesting sites to me. Nothing is ever the same. Each floor poses a new obstacle. I have a desire for intellectual stimulation and the concrete is a huge puzzle I have to solve. These jobsites also have multiple trades working in one place and I am able to speak with people such as plumbers and electricians. This helps me understand other aspects of construction and why buildings are put together the way they are.
What inspires or drives you every day?
Every day we help save lives one scan at a time. When companies do not scan, they run the risk of hitting post tension cables and conduit. They are risking multiple lives. When I am able to accurately locate these hazards, I feel as though I helped one more person go home safely to their family.