Slab-On-Ground Applications

Published: | Updated: March 26, 2019;

Definition - What does Slab-On-Ground Applications mean?

Slab-on-ground is a concrete slab floor designed for particular sites and climate zones. They can be conventional slabs that have deep excavated beams or waffle pod slabs that are placed near ground level with a grid of expanded polystyrene foam pods forming a beam maze in between.

These slabs provide building conditioning for thermal comfort similar but more effective than air conditioning, make durable structures with unlimited life spans, and overcome design issues such as ventilation, insulation, acoustics, and passive solar design.

Trenchlesspedia explains Slab-On-Ground Applications

Slab-on-ground finds use in both conventional and unconventional applications such as access ramps, ADA ramps, parking lots, residential and commercial driveways, and in foundation of structures in extreme climatic conditions. Damage to these slab-on-ground structures can be assessed using ground penetrating radar (GPR) in a very cost effective manner.

Since GPR is non-destructive and does not have any adverse environmental effects, large slab areas can be conveniently surveyed with little to no disturbance to ongoing work. GPR can determine detail of the floor slab construction, distribution of reinforcement, thickness and variation of floor slab, and voiding under the floor slab.

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