Bridge Inspection and Monitoring
FPrimeC also offers cost-effective and reliable non-destructive testing solutions to assess the structural and durability performance of existing bridge and culvert structures. Our solutions can be used to detect deteriorated area, predict the extent of damages, and determine the as-built details of materials and structural components.
FPrimeC Solutions offer advanced non-destructive testing methods for corrosion monitoring for bridge structures, parking garages, industrial facilities, and other structures. FPrimeC uses advanced wireless portable system for effective monitoring and measurement of corrosion probability (likelihood of corrosion), corrosion rate, and surface electrical resistivity of concrete from the surface.
Foundation and Pile Testing
FPrimeC Solutions offer advanced non-destructive testing methods for the assessment of pile integrity. The test methods can be either applied to existing concrete piles (where no structural documentation is available), or as a means of quality control for newly constructed piles.
Concrete Imaging and Scanning
FPrimeC Solutions provides cost-effective, and rapid Ground Penetrating Radar scanning for sub-surface evaluation and mapping of concrete elements. Our services can help clients with locating steel rebar in concrete bridge decks, as well as locating ducts, and conduits in different depths.
Concrete piles and drilled shafts are an important category of foundations. Despite their relatively high cost, they become necessary when we want to transfer the loads of a a heavy superstructure (bridge, high rise building, etc.) to the lower layers of soil. Pile integrity test (PIT), or as ASTM D5882 refers to it as low strain Read more about How to Perform Pile Integrity Test[…]
Evaluation of existing surface cracks is normally done during the visual inspection of structures. Crack opening on the surface of concrete is normally measured using a crack gauge. Depending on the opening of the cracks on the surface, cracks can be described (as tiny as hairline, or cracks with a few millimeters opening); however, this Read more about 3 Methods for Crack Depth Measurement in Concrete[…]
Extreme weather conditions (extreme heat or cold, and humidity variations) can significantly alter the quality of concrete. In hot weather concreting, one should make sure that all the negative impacts of high ambient temperature are appropriately alleviated by taking the necessary precautions. In this article, we will review how hot weather temperatures can affect the Read more about 5 Tips for Hot Weather Concreting[…]
Half Cell corrosion mapping is an effective method for assessing the severity of corrosion activity in concrete structures. It is the most well-known procedure to identify the likelihood of active corrosion; however, the test does not provide any information about the kinetics of corrosion activity. The easy and cost-effective procedure of the test makes it popular Read more about Half Cell Corrosion Mapping for Concrete[…]
Ultrasonic Pulse Velocity (UPV) is an effective non-destructive testing (NDT) method for quality control of concrete materials, and detecting damages in structural components. The UPV methods have traditionally been used for the quality control of materials, mostly homogeneous materials such as metals and welded connections. With the recent advancement in transducer technology, the test has Read more about Ultrasonic Testing of Concrete[…]
What is the future of bridge deck scanning? What is beyond traditional scanning methods such as chain dragging? This article briefly describes application of NDT methods for scanning concrete bridge decks. Regular monitoring and maintenance of concrete bridge decks is a challenging task. The Inspection and monitoring of concrete bridge decks using traditional chain dragging Read more about NDT methods for Scanning Concrete Bridge Decks[…]
Acoustic Emission is referred to the radiation of acoustic waves in solids as a result of damage or any irreversible change in its internal structure. Acoustic emission monitoring is well-known for its application in structural health monitoring of civil infrastructure. Structural Health Monitoring Health monitoring is a process of implementing inspection, evaluation, reaction, re-inspection and re-evaluation in Read more about Acoustic Emission Monitoring for Civil Infrastructure[…]
Structure inspection manuals such as the Ontario Structure Inspection Manual (OSIM) mostly emphasizes on the visual inspection and physical condition of bridge structures. The visual inspection methodology in this guideline consists of close up visual assessment of defects in the superstructure and substructure. This methodology is limited to inspection of elements that are at the arms Read more about How to Evaluate Concrete Piles?[…]
Corrosion inspection of structural anchor bolts can be quite challenging. The reason is that access to these buried elements is often very difficult. The visible part of the bolt is usually in poor quality, and mechanical tests such as pull-out is not an option. Non-destructive ultrasonic testing of anchor bolts provide a very good method Read more about Ultrasonic Testing of Anchor Bolts[…]
Taking core samples from concrete structures is required for comprehensive assessment of durability and structural performance of the structure. The compression test on core samples is known as the most reliable method for assessing the compressive strength and a means of quality control. The procedure for taking core samples and testing them has been standardized Read more about Main Challenges of Concrete Coring[…]