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Penhall Technologies can help you locate rebar, pipes, post and pre tension cables, conduits and many other subsurface hazards that may be hidden in concrete. Our expertly trained analysts can also detect voids within or underneath concrete slabs. As a safety leader in the industry, contractors, engineers, and government agencies have come to trust Penhall first for safe and precise scanning services.
Penhall performs concrete scan to identify unknown metal objects and live conduits within the slab
Our Hawaii field office received a request for GPR scanning and utility locating on an elevated concrete slab. The contractor required a GPR scan and utility locate of a 92’ x 2’5” trench to safely enable electricians to lay new conduit for electrical drop boxes throughout. The analysts’ mission was to analyze data to see if the contractor was clear for a 3” depth trench throughout the layout. There were two problems that arose; (1) Utilizing the StructureScan Mini XT, the analyst was able to pick up a metal object that was narrow, approximately 30’x1” throughout the center of a portion of the trench at 1” below the surface. After notifying the contractor, he conducted a field verification with a hammer drill in several spots in which we were able to determine that it was an old metal tile edging. (2) The center section of the trench layout contained wire mesh in which we were unable to obtain readable data on. After a discussion with the contractor regarding the predicament, the analyst was able to clear an alternate route that would still be acceptable to the blue print layouts. After utilizing the RD7000 EM Utility Locator, the analyst was able to locate a couple of live conduits running across the bottom of the slab but the contractor was still able to clear the 3” depth for the new trench layout. After careful examination of the GPR and utility locate data, the contractor was more than satisfied and confident with proceeding with his plans. Our Hawaii field office will ensure that you have the right data and tools to complete your mission.
Penhall Technologies performs concrete scanning and core sampling for an aerospace and defense company in Haleiwa, HI
Recently, an aerospace and defense company hired Penhall Technologies to scan the base foundation walls of a commercial satellite installation in Haleiwa, HI. They were planning to replace an existing dish with a new one and needed to know the integrity of the concrete base structure. The company needed six 4” core samples to submit to integrity testing to determine whether the existing base structure could be used or if a new base would need to be constructed at a substantial cost. 4 of the cores were to be through 12” concrete walls and the remaining two were to be 12” deep core samples from the exterior of 3’ thick angled walls. The core samples needed to be in areas with no cracking and needed to miss all structural rebar. Using the GSSI Mini HR, Penhall’s scan analyst marked the locations of all rebar and confirmed approximate depths. To make sure the core drilling didn’t impact any objects inside the facility, the analyst suggested using the Hilti trans pointer to give the customer exact locations of where the core drilling would penetrate inside the facility. The customer was very pleased as there was a large amount of equipment as well as electrical conduits mounted to the walls. Penhall Technologies was able to exceed the expectations of the client by not only locating the rebar, but marking them out on the surface in real time using lumber crayon and showing exactly where the penetrations would occur. Our Penhall Company core drillers were drilling immediately after the scans which saved the customer time and money. The project was completed in a safe and non-destructive manner, all core samples missed rebar and cracks. Penhall Technologies of Hawaii has the capability and the man power to meet your needs in a timely manner, ultimately ensuring your projects get finished safely and on time.
Scanning ensures safety when performing flat saw cutting into concrete
At a job site in Honolulu, HI, Penhall was asked to scan for any obstructions prior to flat sawing. The concrete that was scanned was 5400 linear feet, where we were able to find and mark all obstructions to ensure safety when cutting.
Ground penetrating radar used to locate obstruction before core drilling
When Penhall was tasked to scan for another client in Honolulu, HI, we used ground penetrating radar in 6 different areas of the location. This was to ensure that it was safe to core drill 6″ holes into the 12″ thick concrete slab.
Finding rebar and identifying other hazards in suspended concrete slab
At yet another location in Honolulu, HI, ground penetrating radar was used to identify hazards within a 6″ suspended concrete slab. After scanning, the client was now safe to have an 8″ diameter core drill performed.
Concrete scanning detects post tension cables
We recently worked with another client in Honolulu, where we did concrete scanning on 120 different areas at a single location. Penhall was able to detect post tension cable prior to core drilling as to avoid risking any accidents.
We mark the rebar and other hazards after scanning
In order to prepare for some sawing, Penhall inspected 530 square feet of concrete using GPR scanning. We were able to locate any obstructions so that the area was good to cut safely.