Concrete Scanning with CR Scan: The Vanguard of Structural Integrity

In today’s rapidly evolving architectural landscape, both commercial and residential buildings represent more than just infrastructural entities; they symbolise the intricate blend of form, function, and historical legacy. Ensuring their robustness and longevity isn’t merely an engineering necessity but a commitment to preserving these structures’ essence for future generations. At the forefront of this mission is concrete scanning, and there’s no name more synonymous with it than CR Scan.

Understanding concrete scanning’s multifaceted significance is key to appreciating its role across diverse sectors:

  1. Commercial and Residential Buildings: The bedrock of urban and suburban landscapes. While commercial edifices require resilience against operational wear and tear, residential structures need to offer safety and comfort, making accurate scanning paramount.

  2. Tenant Liaison: Concrete scanning in occupied buildings is about more than just technical precision. Effective tenant liaison, ensuring transparency and minimising disruption, is as crucial as the scan itself.

  3. Building Surveys: An indispensable precursor to any construction or refurbishment project, building surveys augmented by concrete scanning yield a comprehensive understanding of the structure’s health.

  4. Scan Reports: Beyond mere diagnostics, scan reports translate the findings into actionable insights. They guide stakeholders, from architects to builders, ensuring interventions are timely and efficient.

30-story office tower (2018-2019)

train station renovation (2016-2017)

With CR Scan, concrete scanning transcends generic applications, finding relevance across various specialised sectors:

  1. Heritage and Listed: The delicate dance between preserving historical essence and ensuring structural safety is intricate. Concrete scanning offers non-invasive diagnostics, vital for buildings that are listed or protected.

  2. Highways: Highways, the arteries of modern civilisation, demand a unique set of scanning criteria, ensuring longevity despite constant vehicular stress.

  3. Marine Structures: From jetties to quays and harbour walls, marine structures constantly battle environmental adversities. Scanning not only identifies existing vulnerabilities but predicts potential areas of concern.

  4. Multi-Storey Car Parks: The blend of vehicular movement, environmental exposure, and structural load makes concrete scanning essential for these facilities’ safety and functionality.

  5. Nuclear and Power: Given the stringent safety protocols, the nuclear and power sector, encompassing areas like on-shore wind farms and decommissioned nuclear stations, demands the pinnacle of scanning precision.

  6. Rail: With assets like concrete pedestrian bridges, station infrastructure, and tunnels, the rail sector’s infrastructural gamut is vast. Ensuring the safety and operational efficiency of these structures through scanning is vital.

  7. Water Industry: In the realm of water storage dams, culverts, and utility infrastructures, scanning plays a pivotal role in preempting failures that can have catastrophic implications.

Amidst the intricate world of concrete scanning, CR Scan emerges not just as a service provider, but as a partner in preservation:

  1. Unparalleled Precision: Our state-of-the-art technology ensures that our scanning services offer unmatched precision, regardless of the sector.

  2. Expertise Across Sectors: Our team is adept at understanding the unique challenges posed by each sector, from the delicate requirements of heritage buildings to the rigorous demands of the nuclear sector.

  3. Comprehensive Reporting: Our scan reports aren’t just about problem identification; they’re roadmaps for future action, guiding stakeholders every step of the way.

  4. Unwavering Commitment: At CR Scan, our commitment isn’t just to the buildings we scan. It’s to the communities that inhabit them, the legacies they represent, and the future they’re destined for.

Industrial Park construction (2019-2020)

Knowledge Pool

Concrete scanning is the act of reading what sits under a concrete surface via the use of non-intrusive technology.

This is done in order to identify whether there are elements sitting under a concrete’s surface or to obtain an understanding of a known element’s condition.

Concrete scanning is further able to identify whether anomalies such as voids or cracks exist under a concrete surface.

All of these scenarios are then interpret by our leading industry specialists who are readily available to help you with any endeavours you have in mind.

Concrete scanning is the conducted via the use of non-intrusive technology such as ground penetrating radar (GPR), a cover meter, ferroscan instrument, ultrasonic scanning equipment and the like.

This technological equipment is able to non-intrusively penetrate your concrete structure and understand what is going on beyond its surface.

Once this has been conducted, industry specialists are then able to interpret the findings and report back to you on the condition of your concrete.

Additionally, recommendations regarding how to repair any poor condition found within the concrete are likewise provided.

Concrete scanning is able to detect a large range of different elements, depending on the technology which is being used. Overall, however, and in general, it is able to identify elements such as pipes, metals, asphalt, cables, masonry and such. Concrete scanning is further able to record and understand changes in material properties and any voids and cracks existing below the surface of a concrete structure. This scanning method holds the ability to be conducted on a large variety of mediums beyond concrete such as rock, clay, sand, coil, ice, water, pavements and more. In addition, this scanning method is likewise able to identify and communicate the condition in which a sub ground element or object is found to be in (e.g. corrosion, etc.)

Concrete scanning is an extremely effective scanning method.

Concrete scanning experts consider ground penetration radar (GPR) technology to be the best technique for scanning concrete.

GPR penetrates deeper than other methods.

The technology Structural Repairs uses has a better resolution than Ferroscan and the Cover Meter. The detection is not limited to metallic objects like these two methods.

GPR is further able to detect changes in a concrete’s subsurface and can detect most materials including plastic, wood and voids.

Overall, however, GPR technology is known for its precise, effective and very successful outcomes as it is able to provide specialists and clients with full and comprehensive reports regarding the condition of a concrete structure.

Concrete scanning is often required due to a large range of different reasons. For example, it is often necessary to understand the condition of any reinforcing bars lying at the core of the concrete structure as a means to understand its structural stability and strength. Concrete scanning is a common practice in renovation projects that involve cutting or coring of concrete slabs because it is crucial to understand if there is anything beneath the surface of these slabs. Failing to identify what is beneath the surface of a concrete slab could be potentially dangerous. It could result in injuring workers and causing accidents. Furthermore, cutting into elements such as electrical cables is not only extremely dangerous and potentially deadly, but is likewise very costly as this would disrupt the electrical supply, cause technical damage and delay the project. Concrete scanning can also be used as a preventative measure to maintenance the healthy of your structure through proactive, rather than reaction, action.
One of the main advantages of using concrete within the structure of a building is the resistance it has against fire. Fires typically visually affect most building materials, making it easy to identify them as unfit for use and later replace them. Concrete on the other hand changes very little in respect of the shape and size making it much more difficult to assess for damage. Concrete loses strength when heated above 300°C. Currently, people enter potentially dangerous and unstable parts of the building to assess damage and propose suitable repair methods or decide if demolition is necessary. Therefore, there is a greater need for new assessment technology. Our GPR and Ultrasound technology is the best non intrusive solution to survey and identify any voids and delamination. industry specialists are then able to interpret the findings and report back to you on the condition of your concrete.

Ground Penetration Radar
Our Ground Penetrating Radar services operate on a variety of difference concrete surfaces and structures.

They likewise hold the ability to identify and analyse an abundance of different sub ground elements and objects as a means to give you a clear picture of what is going on underneath your concrete.

As well as helping you identify the current conditions of your sub ground concrete, we are further able to assist you as we put into practice the remedial recommendations we have expertly suggested.

Before leaving the job site, Structural Repairs also make sure we communicate the best ways for you to maintain a healthy upkeep of your concrete going forward.

Rebar Corrosion Survey
Our comprehensive Rebar Corrosion Survey services utilise a range of non-intrusive methods in order to scan, identify and understand the current condition of the reinforcing bars under you concrete.

Via industry leading technology, we are able to provide you with a concise and comprehensive report. This will advise of exactly what is going on with your rebar.

Concrete scanning holds a plethora of different benefits. For example, it holds the ability to preserve the structural integrity of your concrete given that slicing through embedded elements can weaken the concrete and impact its structural strength.

Understanding what is going on under the surface of your concrete thus is likewise a time-consuming endeavour as it holds the ability to prevent large errors from taking place.

Cutting through a structure without being aware of any embedded elements can bring a project to a quick halt.

Avoiding damage and errors leads to cost savings as the project runs smoothly, thereby eliminating the need to repair damages, pay fines or penalties, or replace equipment or materials.

In all, a smooth project will allow for better for business to be conducted and will leave clients significantly more satisfied.

We build partnerships with our clients

DaVID Andrews

Senior Project Surveyor, Watford Community Housing

“Really happy with the works carried out, I checked and signed off the works this morning. My Asset team will definitely be using you again in the future. Thank you for carrying out the works.”

Concrete Repair Scan

In summary, in a world where structures narrate tales of history, ambition, and progress, ensuring their robustness is a responsibility of immense gravity. Concrete scanning, in this narrative, is not just a technical process; it’s a commitment to safeguarding these tales. And in this mission, CR Scan stands unparalleled. Armed with cutting-edge technology, sector-specific expertise, and an unwavering commitment to excellence, we ensure that every structure, be it commercial or residential, is not just scanned but understood, respected, and readied for the future. With CR Scan, every corner, crevice, and concrete layer isn’t just seen; it’s revered and revitalised.