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    Dr Matthew Hooper
    Director - Building Fabric
    James French
    Associate Director

    Non-intrusive surveys are an effective and agile way of surveying sensitive buildings where noise, damage and dust are not feasible.

    Examples of buildings where non-intrusive surveys are useful could be universities, schools and offices. These surveys will provide an assessment of the construction methodologies used and allow an accurate appraisal of the existing structure.

    Concrete Scanning

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    Scanning a wall using the PS 1000 X-SCAN concrete scanner.

    We use our PS 1000 X-SCAN concrete scanner to provide structural analysis and locate embedded objects in multiple layers. The device is capable of scanning to a detection depth of 300mm and has a localisation accuracy of ±10mm.

    This provides a real-time view inside concrete structures and generates accurate images automatically for a direct on-site evaluation. We use this for locating rebars, tendons, metal and plastic conduits, glass-fibre cables, voids and timber in dry concrete structures, as well as detecting voids and cavities.

    Inspection examples include floor slabs, walls, beams, columns, balconies, etc. in structures such as buildings, tunnels and bridges.

    3d Laser Scanning

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    Point cloud produced using a 3D laser scanner.

    A 3D laser scanner is another non-intrusive tool which can scan, process and track progress on the go. It is handheld, lightweight and easy to use. We can rapidly build highly accurate 3D models within minutes, see the areas covered and route taken on site.

    We use point cloud processing software to process data quickly. This gives us the ability export it to many universal formats such as LAZ, LAS, PLY and DWG. Additionally, we can produce 2D building floor plans and 3D sections through beams, columns and other structural members.

    For more information about 3D laser scanning, see our Point Cloud Surveying service page.

    Ultrasonic Thickness Measurement (UTM)

    We use our material thickness gauge to quickly and accurately inspect the metal thickness of a wide range of structures and components that includes piping and structural steel.

    We clean and lightly sand the surface of the structural member to create a flat surface for a reading to be taken. Subsequently, we place an ultrasonic couplant gel on the surface of the structural member alongside a detection probe. This provides the thickness of the structural member by measuring how long it takes for a sound pulse to travel through the material and reflect back.

    Thickness measuring is essential to monitor corrosion, erosion and damage. This ensures the continued safety and operation of the inspected structural member and can help determine if any repair work/replacements are required. The method provides the required information to determine if the structural member has the appropriate thickness for which it was designed.

    Related Services

    Industrial Floor Slab Assessments

    Point Cloud Surveying

    Materials Testing

    Intrusive Surveys

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    We work with clients of all sizes, from developers, building contractors, private companies, local authorities and individuals, on a wide variety of projects spanning major infrastructure, commercial, residential, educational, land development and restoration.
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