What We Do
United Scanning are experts in the field of concrete scanning, often called concrete x-ray or slab scanning. We provide our clients with fast and precise insights into the structure, strength and composition of their concrete structures. We give structural engineers, building contractors, forensic experts and concrete specialists the essential information they require and service multi-national companies, engineering and construction specialist, local and state government bodies as well as residential and small business clients.
Whether we’re assessing the strength of a slab to accommodate a great load at a Fremantle warehouse or reporting on the impact of holes drilled for cathodic protection on the Perth Narrows Bridge, United Scanning are able to provide the critical information people need to make important decisions.
How We Do It
We use Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR), in which electro-magnetic pulses are used to provide an image of what lies within. We use Ultra High Frequency scanners that transmit radio waves at either 1.6Ghz or 2.6Ghz to allow us to deliver the highest resolution imaging. Our state of the art scanners process the reflections that bounce back from within the structure being scanned and based on these reflections allow us to pinpoint reinforcement, services, boundaries between materials, defects and cracks and provide you with a window into the interior of the structure being scanned.
One of the most significant benefits of using this technology is that it provides it’s insights non-destructively. Using GPR is very safe and efficient because no drilling, cutting or damage is required to be done to the structure to acquire the information. As a result, GPR is the most timely and cost effective way to know what’s inside concrete.
Because individual scans vertically through the concrete provide a sectional view of the subsurface, we are able to laminate multiple scans into a single image to provide 3D or tomographic representations of slabs, footings, columns and other structures.
What We Provide
Our clients rely on the accuracy and usefulness of the insights we provide and so in addition to keeping a stable of the latest Ground Penetrating Scanners we also ensure all of our technicians are carefully trained and certified to allow them to accurately interpret the information. As a scan proceeds, our technicians capture images and at the completion of the job we will write a report includes the images and provides a clear and above all, faithfully accurate interpretation. Getting the right data from the right place with the right equipment is what we do at United Scanning and we take great pride in being the best.
Because much of the information produced by our technicians is acquired in real time, we are often able to provide on the spot information about where services, reinforcement and defects lie, working side by side with our clients to give them confidence. Images and interpretations of them are provided in a timely manner and the process of acquiring the information is safe, non-destructive and can be done without significantly disrupting the space being scanned.
Some of the insights into concrete structures that we can provide include:
- The location and depth of post tension cables, rebar and steel reinforcement
- The location and depth of both plastic and metallic conduits
- Determine concrete thickness and cover
- The internal condition of the concrete, with maps of the relative concrete condition for rehabilitation planning
- Safe locations to drill, cut or demolish the slab
- Defects and damage within the concrete
Accreditations and Approvals
- Telstra Communications
- ATCO Gas
- White Card
- Working at Heights
- WA Gas - WestNet Energy
- Western Power
- Water Corporation
- Current Driver’s License
- Senior First Aid
- Confined Spaces
- PTA Rail Access
- Ground Penetrating Radar Theory and Application
- Concrete Scanning using GPR
- Service Location
- Structural Assessment of Concrete
"Thanks again for your quick response to this enquiry! Your technician was superb too - very friendly and professional."
Chief Strategy Officer | Sadleirs Perth
"Lee was really helpful on site with the Dampier job, could not have asked him to do a better job... we were really impressed with the work he did up there."
Hannah Wood | HSE Consultant | Prensa Pty Ltd
"... appreciate the quick turnaround and your time and guidance on site."
"I was pretty happy with the way Jamin and Gary worked; please pass on my thanks."
"Main Roads WA engaged United Scanning to undertake service locating works as part of the Northam Pithara Rd realignment project. Although the scope of works altered a few times due to external circumstances, United Scanning personnel completed all required objectives. United Scanning was also prompt and efficient through correspondences with MRWA personnel."
Main Roads WA
"Just a quick note to say thank you for an excellent service! Matthew did a great job and found the cables we were looking for. He was very helpful and did everything he could to assist."
Brightwater Care Group
"Broad thanks United Scanning Services for the efforts and involvement in the delivery of this challenging project and given the opportunity would happily engage again with United Scanning Services in the future."
Perth Domestic Airport
"It's a great outcome that Jamin was able to detect the cable and he was early, polite and capable."
"We were really happy with the service from Jamin in the field."
Morning Matthew, a brief note to the team, all went well this morning which is great. Great service end to end when we required professional services urgently.
Own Valli - Middleton Homes