Let’s say you’ve made the decision to hire a Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) provider to look for embedded materials at your property or work site. The work does not start when the technician arrives. There are several key points in the project details to discuss beforehand and answers you’ll need to provide. Here are some common questions to expect from your radar provider.
At what angle will the search take place? The technician needs to know ahead of time if he will be working on the floor or on the ceiling, or whether he will be searching on a horizontal or vertical surface. The answer to this question indicates what additional equipment may be required, such as a ladder or a platform to work on.
What is the scope of the project? This is an important question because one person’s definition of an “area” could be quite different from another’s. For the purpose of a GPR project, an area is usually defined as a two-foot-by-two-foot area. If a technician arrives on site and realizes the two “areas” that need to be assessed are in fact two large beams with 200 dowels, he may be unprepared for such a time-consuming task. Discussing the specific areas that need to be assessed will give the technician a better idea of the scope of the project, how long the work might take, and what equipment will be needed.
What type of building will the work take place in? Was your building constructed with post-tension concrete or with mild steel re-enforcements? The technician may very well find this out on his own – in fact, he’ll probably try to figure this out as he walks into the building – but if he can know the answer beforehand, it will help him be more efficient. The answer to these questions lets everyone know what reinforcement is likely to be revealed, so there’s less chance of any shocking surprises.
Discussing these types of questions before any project is undertaken will help the technician be prepared for the job. This will result in the project being completed successfully and in a timely manner.