Why Encompass Inspections
Encompass Inspections provides a variety of in-house investigation services that blend cutting edge technology, experienced and certified technicians and a flawless safety record. Because time is essential, we pride ourselves on being solution providers by having technicians on site within 24 hours to swiftly handle any issues. Getting the job done safely is integral to our mission to provide you with the best service. Because we have not had a post tension cable hit in over 3 years, our record is evidence of Encompass Inspections being in a unique position to meet, and even exceed, your needs.
Utility locating has never been easier or safer using Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR), a quality service for a broad range of challenging opportunities. Radio detection will always be a mainstay for utility detection and mapping services, however, GPR integration is changing the private utility locator field. GPR technology reduces the downtime and risk associated with old methods for locating targets and makes utility locating easier and faster. And being able to access data on-site allows for immediate utility location and markings to be painted on the ground and photographed.
Encompass Inspections’ certified technicians have the experience required to save time and money and accomplish the goals set forth by your company. Our proven dependability and exemplary customer service, combined with our innovative equipment, make us the clear choice. We can easily serve areas outside of our office locations; please call to check on our availability for your project.
Encompass Inspections Services
- GPR / Concrete X Ray – Ground Penetrating Radar is an extremely accurate, state of the art technology used to scan concrete in order to locate post tension cables, rebar, and conduits within a concrete slab. GPR is also used in void detection and is very safe and non-destructive, cutting out the downtime often required in traditional detection applications.
- Video Inspections – Allows internal inspections of piping, duct work, and cavities via camera snake and monitor. This time saving, investigative tool also allows for marking of potential or current issues and documents data that can be recorded for the customer.
- Leak Detection (LD) – Locates slab leaks, underground water leaks, and various other leaks by using acoustic and digital methods. Actually hearing where the leaks are allows us to quickly isolate the problems and efficiently fix them.
- Utility Location (RD) – Locates conductive utilities with Radio Detection (RD) and marks existing utilities with corresponding Blue Stake paint colors. This underground locator easily detects metal, concrete and plastic materials used in underground lines, preemptively eliminating many of the issues that arise when dealing with buried mains.
- Utility Locating (GPR) – Uses Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) to locate conductive and non-conductive utilities where the utilities’ origin/destination is unknown. The lower frequency used in this type of application allows us to locate targets faster and more effectively than traditional applications.
- Electromagnetic Induction (EMI) – Is a unique process using a large antenna array to locate subsurface structures by monitoring changes in ground conductivity. EMI safely and quickly utilizes transmitter and receiver coils to send and receive signals to locate anomalies, using the data to allow mapping of the commonality of the conductivity.
Hensel Phelps called on Encompass Inspections to locate structural reinforcement within the walls of a mechanical chase 40 feet in depth. They were looking to anchor a 6″ angle iron into the surrounding walls of the shaft to create a walking deck within the shaft. Like any crawl space or mechanical chase, space limits ones mobility.
Even with the difficult conditions, we were able to reach out while standing on a large piece of duct work and locate rebar and conduits running throughout the walls. Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) was used in this scenario because it is perfect for mobility in a tight space and an all around better technology to utilize in alternative to X-Ray because of the hazardous situation and access to both sides of the wall was very limited.
Today was a very interesting day for Encompass Inspections. We were called out by Core Construction to locate an underground utility tunnel outside of Wilson Hall ASU – Tempe. The tunnel ceiling was deteriorating due to water damage from the irrigated grass above. It was apparent that the waterproofing system on the surface of the concrete lid was not sufficient and rebar was beginning to rust through while concrete was beginning to fall down to the floor below. Using respiration equipment to avoid the asbestos on the many utilities below, Encompass Inspections was able to place a sonde transmitter in the upper corner of the tunnel below. Once the transmitter was in place, we were able to successfully locate the transmitter from above using our Rycom receiver. We would have used GPR to verify our results however the signals from the sonde were strong and we were able to discern the exact depth and precise location of the sonde. We then moved the sonde down to the other end of the area that was in need of repair. We once again located the 815KHz transmitter on the X,Y and Z axis and then traced out the direction and width of the tunnel so it would be ready for excavation.
Before we left the site, we did a quick sweep for underground utilities using our radio detection wand. We did locate an electrical wire powering the light posts in the near area. This was a unique challenge but we were happy to help out.
It is exciting when we hear from new clients that they had never heard of GPR before and always thought everything needed to be x-rayed. These folks are amazed at the speed at which large areas can be cleared for coring. No more late night appointments, no more bothering tenants on the floor below, no more problems with less than perfect accuracy not to mention the problems with clearing areas for radiation exposure. GPR will tell you the actual depth of the targets in the concrete….that way floor drains or similar systems may still be able to be located over the top of an area that has post-tension cables. We clear the drain-line through but make sure that the 9″ core for the basin portion will not interfere with the cables.
You will find Encompass Inspections to be solution providers. We pride ourselves in our construction knowledge and help in consulting the field foreman/superintendent in making the best possible decision when a difficult situation arises.
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