Over 40 Years of Combined Experience
We specialize in Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR)/Concrete Scanning, Concrete Cutting (Slab Sawing, Wall Sawing, and Core Drilling), Underground Utility Locating/Mapping, and CCTV Pipeline Inspection. With over 40 years of combined experience, Safe2core has been solving many complex cases encountered by our customers in all types of projects from a small residential renovation to a multimillion-dollar project.
Safe2core adds value to your projects through our four core services below by implementing our TEAM (Together Everyone Achieves More) culture. We work together to ensure that all of our involvement from start to finish exceeds your expectations.
X-ray and Ground Penetrating Radar Concrete Scanning For All Your Texas Construction Project Needs
Safe2Core, an industry leader in concrete scanning, is now proudly serving Austin, San Antonio and the Rio Grande Valley
In addition to Safe2Core’s ground penetrating radar (GPR) scanning capabilities, our company also provides x-ray concrete scanning to our clients for active job sites, repair and renovation applications and for forensic evaluation of completed work. Our skilled, radiology certified x-ray technicians can help you quickly and accurately locate obstacles and hazards below the surface such as post tension cables, rebar and utilities within a concrete structure both for concrete x-ray utility locating and pipe inspection purposes and to avoid drilling, cutting or coring into them during rehab or repair operations.
To learn more about how concrete GPR and x ray scanning and nondestructive testing for concrete structures can help with your project, click here to contact us or read the FAQ below!
Concrete X-Ray San Antonio Frequently Asked Questions
Question: Why is concrete scanning using X-rays important? –Luis, Laredo, TX
Answer: Scanning concrete is important when doing selective demolition, structural inspection, subsurface utility engineering and underground utility planning and when you’re planning to saw, cut and core concrete for any reason. This helps prevent damage to structural members such as rebar and avoid injury or death to crew members arising from hazardous conditions such as drilling or sawing into a gas line or electrical conduit.
Question: I have a lot of gas pipes in the walls of my building. What are the ramifications if one of these pipes were cut or drilled? –Tom, Bexar County, TX
Answer: Drilling or cutting into electrical conduits, water mains and gas pipes all come with their own dangers, including electric shock, substantial water damage and release of gas into the building or explosion respectively. By scanning the areas to be cut using either ground penetrating radar scanning or an x-ray concrete scanner, the imaging produced will help you and your crew plan your work, minimizing the risk of damage or danger and maximizing safety and confidence in your approach.
Question: How much does a concrete scan cost? –Julia, Laredo, TX
Answer: The cost of a concrete scan depends on a number of factors including the location and size of the area to be scanned, the type of scan needed, what the goal of the scan is and known potential or actual hazards in the area. Generally, it will cost much less to do a GPR scan on a single-family house pad with a slab thickness of only a few inches than it will to perform confirmatory or repeated concrete x-ray scanning on the walls an industrial manufacturing facility. In addition, x-ray scanning requires the jobsite be closed and secured within a certain distance from the scanner and additional safety provisions must be made which don’t necessarily apply to GPR, which can also increase cost. In some cases, x-ray concrete scanning may not be possible or desirable. Safe2Core would be pleased to visit your site and offer an estimate for services.
Question: Can X ray concrete scanning determine rebar diameter? –Wade, San Antonio, TX
Answer: Unfortunately, no. X-ray concrete scanning can be used as a confirmatory test in some situations. Evaluating rebar location and thickness is not one of them. GPR can give an approximate diameter when the imaging is evaluated and compared to site drawings, as-builts and in some cases supply receipts to confirm what is being seen.
Question: Can concrete scanning using Xray technology distinguish between rebar and voids in a concrete slab on grade? –Lincoln, Boerne, TX
Answer: No. X-ray scanning can only be used in situations where both sides of a slab are accessible, such as on walls and elevated floors/ceilings such as you might find in a warehouse facility. However, a GPR scan relies on materials of different densities reflecting electromagnetic waves back to the antenna or absorbing them at different rates. The type of cement used in the mix design will influence the rate of return or absorption, which will be different than the rate of return from steel structural members. Where there is a void, the waves have nothing to absorb or reflect them, so they will keep going until they encounter something. GPR has become the gold standard in nondestructive concrete testing in situ, but in some cases X-ray scanning may be needed for confirmation or secondary evaluation of initial results.