Magnetic resonance Imaging (MRI) scanners use strong magnetic fields to generate images of organs within the body. An MRI scanner weighs on the order of 13 tons. A modular building houses the scanner and is the centerpiece of the new UC Riverside Center for Advanced Neuroimaging.
Geocon performed a geotechnical investigation for UC Riverside to evaluate subsurface soil conditions and provide recommendations for the design and construction of a new building housing an MRI scanner. Although the geotechnical work is quite simple for a modular building, support for a 13-ton piece of equipment was more challenging.
Interesting Fact: MRI scans essentially map the location of water and fat in the body