Structural assessment of existing concrete using Ground Penetrating Radar

TESTING ENGINEERS AND CONSULTANTS [2016] PROJECT MANAGER: RUBAN RAMOS

Ground Penetrating Radar System (GPRS) allows for accurate subsurface detection of ob- jects such as utility lines, rebar, or storage tanks.  GPR in construction is an alternative to drilling or excavation.  Since the recession of 2008, the newly energized city of Detroit has seen a surge in new development.  One of many exciting restoration projects happening around the city is the Corktown Lofts.  It is a mixed-use development project by the Bedrock Investment Firm.  The project involves the conversion of old warehouse space into lofts and commercial retailers.  For this project, I conducted a GPR survey of the column grid and slab structure.  A structural engineering firm used this survey to assess the building’s stability while considering adding a rooftop bar to the complex.