Except for using specialized concrete scanning equipment, once a concrete wall, ceiling or flooring sets, it’s hopeless to figure out exactly what is inside the concrete.

That’s where 2M’s concrete scanning services come in to help because not understanding what is inside the concrete before you cut or drill can end up delaying a job, causing huge cost overruns and will damage your reputation in the industry.

Let us help you avoid all that!

We Scan Concerete

Need a quick concrete scanning quote for your job site? Our team of professional concrete scanners can help you:

  • Locate rebar and tendons before you cut, core or drill,
  • Plastic and metal conduits,
  • Metallic and non-metallic pipes
  • Post tension cables,
  • Map rebar distribution
  • Confirm As-Builts
  • Much more

Why use concrete scanning?

Unfortunately, construction plans and records for most structures are not available, and even if they are, as-designed plans are often drastically different from what is actually present at the site. GPR is useful in this scenario because it is the most efficient way to determine what is there.

My Dad always taught me to “measure twice and cut once” because there are no second chances in drilling, cutting and sawing!

At 2M, we specialize in using ground penetrating radar (GPR) to non-intrusively and non-destructively scan concrete walls, ceilings, and floors to determine what is inside. Using high frequency GPR antennas, we can detect metallic and non-metallic objects and features at depths of up to 24 inches (depending on conditions).

Our GPR concrete scanning services provide instant results on site and the scanning data can be saved digitally and reviewed off-site to create detailed reports, including high resolution rebar mapping. We also sketch out our findings on the concrete or masonry surface to help prevent costly structural damages.

Our services are used by professionals in the concrete and construction industry to locate rebar and tendons before cutting, coring, or drilling, as well as to map rebar distribution, measure slab thickness, detect deterioration, and discover voids. 

At 2M, we follow a three-step process for our scans. First, we assess the work space to determine the concrete’s durability and subsurface condition. Then, we conduct the scan, noting the position of each object as we go and creating a map of the area. Finally, we photograph each located object and, if requested, develop a 3D model that fully maps out all detected items.

GPR concrete scanning is safe and effective, and can detect both conductive and non-conductive materials. It can be used on vertical surfaces and ceilings, and is frequently used to locate rebar in concrete columns and walls, as well as to scan the bottom of a floor.

If you need to know what is inside your concrete before cutting, coring, or drilling, contact 2M to schedule a consultation. Let us help you avoid costly delays, cost overruns, and damage to your reputation in the industry.

What can GPR concrete scanning find:

  1. Rebar: Rebar is often used to reinforce concrete, and a GPR scanner can identify the location and depth of rebar within a concrete slab.
  2. Post-tension Cables: These are steel wires within a plastic sheath, and they’re used to reinforce the concrete. Damaging these can be dangerous, so knowing their location is crucial.
  3. Conduits: Conduits, including plastic and metal varieties, can be detected with GPR. These conduits may house electrical wiring or other utilities.
  4. Void Spaces: GPR can identify areas where the concrete is hollow or where there’s an air gap. These voids can compromise the structural integrity of the concrete.
  5. Structural Features: Features like the thickness of the concrete, the presence of beams or columns, or the location of walls can be detected with GPR. This can be helpful in planning for renovations or assessing the structural integrity of a building.
  6. Slab Thickness: GPR can measure the thickness of a concrete slab, which is useful information for planning drilling, cutting, or coring operations.
  7. Foreign Objects: Unexpected objects within the concrete, such as tools left behind during construction, can also be detected.

It’s important to note that while GPR can provide a wealth of information, it does have limitations. Its effectiveness can be influenced by the composition and condition of the concrete, the presence of reinforcing materials, and the depth of the target. Always consider these factors when interpreting GPR data.