College of Architecture and Environmental Design
Construction Management Department
BS in Construction Management
Andrew Kline, Phil Barlow
Concrete slabs in multi-level commercial building projects contain many components that become no longer visible once concrete has been poured. As building designs advance and continue to locate components in concrete, it is important to document what these slabs contain in order to verify accurate craftsmanship and allow for improved future construction workflows and building modernizations. This paper explores current industry needs for proficient documentation as well as practices to achieve this. A case study was conducted, testing four devices that analyzed feasibility factors for realistic implementation by a contractor such as cost, interoperability, and level of skill required for operation. Collectively, two options were determined for ideal ways to document concrete slabs, dependent on details of the construction project in review.