When structures are to be renovated, torn down, upgraded or structurally changed, hidden conditions can lead to delays, failures, hazards and added costs. Growing sinkholes can swallow cars. Bridges can collapse without warning. The list goes on and is growing as infrastructure grows older. Radarview, headquartered in Humble, is quietly providing the services needed to meet these challenges on a national scale. In 2002, following his service in the Navy and years working for companies where non-destructive testing and mapping services were often needed, Todd and StarLa Allen started their own civil, structural and geophysical services company, Radarview. “We saw an opportunity to start a niche business,” said Todd. The Allens have never looked back and their business is prospering. The services they provide are wide ranging, including locating, evaluating, and mapping hidden conditions in concrete structures, concrete and asphalt surface coverings and geophysical subsurface surveys including under and around petrochemical tank farms. Although its name highlights the use of radar, the company uses a wide variety of different equipment and techniques. These include Ground Penetrating Radar, Infrared Surveys, Structural Movement Monitoring, Radiography, Impact-Echo, Ultrasonic Pulse Velocity, Rebound Hammer Testing, Acoustic Emission (sounding), Core Samples/Chemical Testing, Corrosion Half-Cell Testing, Windsor Probe Strength Testing and magnetically based Pachometer Surveys (Ferroscans). Radarview provides its specialized services on a national level. It surveyed the U.S. Supreme Court Building in Washington ,D.C., in preparation for security renovations following 9/11. It surveyed and mapped hidden structural damage to a high-rise building in Miami Beach after the multiple hurricanes in 2004. The firm has conducted evaluations in Seattle; Kansas City, Mo.; Vail, Colo.; Hawaii and nearly everywhere between. In the Houston area Radarview has completed major projects in the Reliant Stadium area during the stadium construction and removal of buildings adjacent to the Astrodome. It is currently conducting a project evaluating the Lake Houston Dam. Projects are never the same and can range from very large to relatively small evaluations. They can be of single structures, including stores and homes, or they can be large structures and land areas such as airport runways and highway interchanges. Todd noted they have completed more than 2,500 projects of all kinds since he and StarLa launched Radarview. About 50 percent of their work is done outside of Texas. This year they expect to complete around 500 projects and more in 2012. To meet this growing demand, Radarview recently hired three additional people in 2011 and now has a total staff of 10, all based in Humble. Allen is the chief executive officer and manages the financial and administrative responsibilities. Allen is president and includes the sales and marketing functions with his other responsibilities. Keith Knobloch serves as their operations manager and coordinates field operations. When the business first began they operated out of their home. The company is now located in offices on 1st St./Business FM 1960. Both of the Allens said that the opportunities for expansion look good. They are proud of their company, the job that they do and the community where they have chosen to live. Photo: Todd and StarLa Allen of Radarview. Photo by Bruce Olson

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