Giatec Scientific Inc.

Giatec Scientific Inc.

Ottawa-based company, Giatec Scientific Inc., is revolutionizing the construction industry by bringing smart concrete testing technologies and real-time data collection to the forefront of every jobsite. Learn more about Giatec Scientific Inc Mission and Core Values, or read more about Giatec Scientific's Line of Products. We are bringing long-overdue change to a conservative industry by addressing the current challenges in concrete testing, analysis, design, and production. Click the following links to learn more about Giatec Scientific's Management Team and Research and Development Team.

Intermat Paris 2018: SmartRock® Plus Concrete Sensors on the Global Stage

Paris, here we come! The Giatec office is buzzing with activity as we prepare for the International Exhibition for Construction and Infrastructure, a.k.a. Intermat. Get Your First SmartRock Concrete Sensor for FREE Free Demo Kit This year’s show is taking place from the 23rd to 28th of April 2018, and will welcome 1,500 exhibitors and 183,000 visitors from 167 countries.Not only are we looking forward to seeing the latest trends in concrete technology, but we’re also excited to showcase our own smart concrete sensors as well as the new and improved SmartRock app.About IntermatIntermat takes place in Paris every three years and attracts visitors from various sectors of the construction world, including: Earthmoving & demolition Buildings & concrete Roads, minerals & foundations Lifting, handling & transportation The goal of Intermat is to bring together construction companies, building contractors, equipment manufacturers,…

Avoid Construction Delays During Shoulder Season

It’s cold out there! Shoulder season has brought record-breaking cold temperatures across Canada and the United States. Not only are these temperature fluctuations uncomfortable (to say the least), but they’re also taking their toll on hard infrastructure like buildings, roads, bridges, and tunnels. Get Your First SmartRock Concrete Sensor for FREE Free Demo Kit In fact, construction crews in both countries are having to delay construction schedules, losing not just valuable time, but money. In the U.S. alone, an estimated $31 million per day is lost for every day that construction schedules are delayed.How Does Cold Weather Affect Construction?If you work in the construction industry, then you probably already know that the weather (i.e. temperature) plays a crucial role in the progress and efficiency of a project. In fact, temperature is one of the most important factors in concrete strength…

Giving Decision Makers More Control Over the Cold

SmartRock® Plus: A Value-Added Solution for Cold-Weather Concrete ConstructionBefore the coming Christmas holidays, residents of Canada and the United-States may be getting their first taste of winter. While snow storms are unpleasant for most, harsh weather can be even worse for construction. Stormy weather makes for unworkable conditions, thereby slowing down job performance. In cold climates, the sub-grade soil freezes, making it difficult to work with. It also takes much longer for concrete to cure. Get Your First SmartRock Concrete Sensor for FREE Free Demo Kit Across Canada, the average temperature in January is a bone chilling 5° F (?15°C). That’s not even taking into account the annual snowfall per cm. But work must go on, even in the winter.Cold-Weather ConcretingThe American Concrete Institute created a Guide to Cold weather concreting: ACI 306R-16 outlining the procedures for placing, finishing, curing,…

Re-using Plastic for Corrosion Prevention

Could a Life-Saving Plastic be a Long-Lasting Solution for Concrete Corrosion?Each year, hospitals around the world throw away tonnes of plastic waste as a result of performing life-saving dialysis treatments. A shared interest in sustainability is what brought Dr Riyadh Al-Ameri, a structural engineering lecturer from the Deakin University, and Dr. Katherine Barraclough, a nephrologist from the Royal Melbourne Hospital, together. Dr Al-Ameri is leading a research project that repurposes plastic waste for use in concrete construction. Get Your First SmartRock Concrete Sensor for FREE Free Demo Kit The Cost of Hazardous WasteHemodialysis, a common dialysis treatment, is dependent on plastic apparatus. As Dr. Barraclough explains, during hemodialysis “blood is pumped from a patient’s bloodstream through a machine then back to the patient. This removes toxins and excess water and is life sustaining for patients with kidney failure.” Since structural…

Is this the new Golden Age of Infrastructure?

Pre-emptive Testing to Increase Productivity in Construction In construction, many things can go wrong, from calculation errors to a minor miscommunication; but however small the error is, the mitigation process can significantly affect profit margins. In many cases, project planners underestimate the value of information. The McKinsey Global Institute report on Infrastructure Productivity underlines the importance of reliable data during the delivery chain to increase productivity. They also state, that in the last 20 years, labour productivity in industrialized nations has remained practically stagnant. Get Your First SmartRock Concrete Sensor for FREE Free Demo Kit The Golden Age of Infrastructure A prosperous Canadian economy after WWII allowed for generous spending on public works. The Trans-Canada Highway, centennial buildings, and city-wide skyscrapers are visible reminders of the wide-scale building and innovation carried out during the 1950s and 60s. The magnitude of…

How to Save Weeks on Your Project Schedule Using Concrete Sensors

Streamline Your Jobsite with SmartRock® Sensors When it comes to large projects that take weeks, months, even years to complete, cutting production time can result in huge savings for contractors. Using smart technology like concrete strength and maturity sensors can help save weeks on your schedules without adding risk. Get Your First SmartRock Concrete Sensor for FREE Free Demo Kit Although concrete is predictable, it is impacted by many variables that make every pour unique. With technologies like the SmartRock® wireless concrete temperature and maturity sensors, contractors are able to know the strength and maturity of concrete in real-time, thus eliminating the need for schedule padding and unnecessary delays. Why is it Important to Know Concrete Strength? Even though the degree of importance varies by structure, location, and use, the strength of any structure is important. Strength and maturity is…

Can SmartRock® Plus Reduce Shoring Costs and Accelerate Construction?

Shoring. It might be the most boring part of any construction project. Hundreds of vertical supports just standing there, for weeks, doing nothing. Get Your First SmartRock Concrete Sensor for FREE Free Demo Kit As boring as it is, shoring is a critical safety element designed to keep new concrete structures from collapsing. The good thing about shoring: it keeps the building from crushing the crews working on site. The bad things about shoring: it costs a lot of money, and it gets in the way of the other trades that need to build out the floors.Many contractors leave the shoring in place until the 28-day break shows that the concrete is up to strength and ready to have the shoring removed. Shoring will continue to be a critical safety practice, but what if there was a way to remove…

Ready Mix Producers Can Cut on Operational Costs with SmartRock® Plus

According to industry data, quality management for all concrete production costs about $1 per cubic yard in the U.S. Of that dollar, 75¢ represents the cost of the quality department in working on job sites, making and breaking cylinders, and all of their other critical functions. The rest of that dollar is from customer claims of poor quality. Get Your First SmartRock Concrete Sensor for FREE Free Demo Kit With SmartRock® Plus, ready-mix concrete producers are learning how to cut operational costs by reducing cylinder costs, optimizing mixtures, and reducing claims.Reducing Cylinder Costs: Casting companion cylinders on a job site has value in protecting the concrete producer and the contractor from bad testing. However, having a technician on site for the duration of the placement can mean a lot of time. Add on top of that the costs of transporting…

Giatec Welcomes Hilltop Companies as a New SmartRock® Plus Producer

Hilltop Companies, a lead supplier in quality ready mixed concrete, partners with Giatec to offer SmartRock® Plus to local contractors. Get Your First SmartRock Concrete Sensor for FREE Free Demo Kit SmartRock® Plus is a value-added solution offered to contractors and construction companies who want to obtain real-time concrete temperature and strength results on the jobsite. This is critical information that is used to optimize various processes such as formwork removal, post-tensioning, curing optimization and opening road to traffic.Based in Cincinnati, Ohio, Hilltop Companies has provided quality aggregates and ready mixed concrete for over 70 years. Hilltop Companies offers contractors, architects, and engineer’s alike decades of knowledge and experience that result in quality products and performance. They are dedicated to provide reliable and superior products in the Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, and West Virginia area.Hilltop Companies joins the list of leading…

3 Benefits SmartRock® Plus Gives Flatwork Contractors

Simply put, SmartRock® Plus is a rugged concrete maturity system, coupled with powerful reporting and data sharing capabilities, and real-time temperature monitoring. As with all maturity systems, the contractor can benefit from knowing real-time strength allowing him to post-tension decks, strip forms, or open pavements to traffic sooner. However, with the ease of real-time temperature monitoring in SmartRock® Plus, contractors have found a few new unexpected benefits. Get Your First SmartRock Concrete Sensor for FREE Free Demo Kit Reduced Plastic Shrinkage Cracking: By coupling the real-time concrete temperature with the standard nomograph for estimating evaporation rate, contractors can quickly see if they’re concrete is at risk of plastic shrinkage cracking. Especially in warm dry weather, this can tell the contractor when they need to protect the concrete with either an evaporation retarder or a fog spray to reduce the evaporation…

SmartRock® Plus for Concrete Mix Optimization

Who cares about concrete mix optimization? Get Your First SmartRock Concrete Sensor for FREE Free Demo Kit In the concrete industry ”mix optimization” is an often abused term that vendors to the ready mix producers use when trying to justify their “value proposition” and sell their products. However, when used proactively, from the ready mix producer standpoint, mix optimization can be a powerful tool to save money in mix costs and provide the contractor with a better product. Mix optimization, however, isn’t easy. It takes days in the concrete lab weighing up, mixing, and testing a range of concrete mixtures, then more time to properly prepare and analyze the data.With respect to SmartRock® Plus, how can a ready mix producer, then, use maturity to help themselves proactively in mix optimization? First, a brief explanation of how the SmartRock® Plus system…

Using SmartRock® Plus to Defend your Concrete

You’re not alone. It’s not only in your market that testing labs produce bad results and you have to pay to defend your concrete. This is a big, broad problem across North America and around the world. Get Your First SmartRock Concrete Sensor for FREE Free Demo Kit So, if testing labs are so bad, and the problem is so ubiquitous, what can you, the ready mix producer, do to prove that your concrete is good?Imagine the simplicity of embedding a small 2” by 2” black box into a concrete placement that will measure the strength of your concrete? This could be in a slab, wall, column, or pavement. Instead of placing concrete in cylinders (ASTM C39) and hoping they are cured correctly, this little box will estimate in-place concrete strength by another standardized test method, ASTM C 1074, and…

10 Days to SmartRock® Plus

What if there was a new technology to help you quickly, easily improve the profitability of your ready mix business? What would this “ideal” new technology look like to a concrete producer? It would probably encompass: Get Your First SmartRock Concrete Sensor for FREE Free Demo Kit Innovative technology that has proven value to contractors Low risk for the concrete producer Minimal R&D time and investment Fast and easy implementation: no plant equipment to install, nothing to mount on trucks Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? That’s what we’ve built in SmartRock® Plus. Regarding ‘Fast and easy implementation’, you might be wondering how fast and how easy it is to implement SmartRock® Plus in your business. You can be up and running on SmartRock® Plus in 10 days or less. SmartRock® Plus licenses come with live training to help new producers…

SmartRock Sensors Help Project Managers Make Quick Decisions

Wanda Vista is a nearly 100-story skyscraper currently under construction in Chicago (Illinois) and will be the city’s third largest tower upon completion. The project includes various post-tensioned elements. To apply tension on the cables in these elements, it is critical to ensure that the concrete has enough strength in order to avoid any cracking or damages during this process. Get Your First SmartRock Concrete Sensor for FREE Free Demo Kit Real-time access to this information significantly helps with the optimization of schedules and often results in moving faster to the next steps in the project construction. The SmartRock® sensor was therefore an ideal solution selected for this project. This wireless concrete sensor can be easily embedded in the concrete before placement.The recorded data can be accessed at any time using a mobile app that analyzes the results in real-time…

Slag Cement Life Cycle Assessment Calculator Free to Download

Get ready, ready-mix concrete industry, because the Slag Cement Association (SCA) has just introduced a new Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) calculator for slag cement, and it’s free to download! Get Your First SmartRock Concrete Sensor for FREE Free Demo Kit The calculator, which is used to quantify and interpret cradle to gate LCA environmental impacts of ready mixed concrete mixtures, is a perfect tool for the ready mixed industry as it allows for producers to immediately demonstrate how the use of slag cement can be beneficial to the environmental footprint of a structure. As stated by Ed Griffith, president of Slag Cement Association, industry professionals will also be able to use the LCA calculator to build points through the LEED green building rating system.How the calculator works is that it first engages the user to choose from a list of…

Components of SmartRock® Plus

Get Your First SmartRock Concrete Sensor for FREE Free Demo Kit While the SmartRock® Plus system is a full business solution for improving ready mix producer market share, customer loyalty, and profitability, at the heart are three primary components: sensors, the mobile application, and the cloud. SensorsThe sensors are revolutionary in that they incorporate the most powerful commercially available wireless chip to be able to penetrate up to two inches of concrete cover. This small 2 inch square black box includes a tail to a thermocouple that measures the temperature of the concrete at any desired location. The tail can be short, 16 inches, or long, 10 feet. The longer tail allows you to reach into the depths of a mass concrete element for measuring core temperature. Mobile AppAn easy to use cell phone app is important for contractors in…

Giatec Welcomes Concrete Materials as a SmartRock® Plus Producer

March 30, 2017 Get Your First SmartRock Concrete Sensor for FREE Free Demo Kit Concrete Materials, a leading producer of ready-mix concrete in South Dakota, partners with Giatec to offer SmartRock® Plus to local contractors.SmartRock® Plus is a value-added solution offered to contractors and construction companies who want to obtain real-time concrete temperature and strength results on the jobsite. This is critical information that is used to optimize various processes such as formwork removal, post-tensioning, curing optimization and opening the road to traffic.With headquarters in Sioux Falls, Concrete Materials has provided solid resources for more than 70 years from commercial and road construction to residential solutions and hardscapes. Concrete Materials offers construction professionals and do-it-yourselfers a wide range of performance-based concrete products custom-made to meet the requirements of every building project.Concrete Materials joins the list of leading ready-mix producers currently…

6 Reasons Ready-Mix Producers Should Partner with SmartRock® Plus

SmartRock® Plus is the new, branded, concrete mix solution designed to help concrete producers improve their bottom line. Ready mix companies are signing up for SmartRock® Plus and its unique real-time strength reporting to differentiate, decommoditize, delight customers, demonstrate technological strength, and deliver profits. How? Get Your First SmartRock Concrete Sensor for FREE Free Demo Kit DifferentiateDifferentiation is critical not only to a company’s quarterly success, but also to its long term survival. Marketers know, it is difficult to differentiate based on being cheap, customer oriented, or quality driven – any company can do this. However, by playing to hard trends in the market, executives can find unique raw materials and services that help them stand out.Following the hard trend of mobile technology sharing, SmartRock® Plus is both, a patented technology that can be incorporated into the concrete, and a…

Finding The Cracks

Giatec’s innovative corrosion detection technology was featured in the recent issue of the Engineering Dimensions – the magazine of the Professional Engineers of Ontario.

OCE Discovery 2013

Visit the latest version of patented handheld iCOR™ technology for corrosion detection and infrastructure condition assessment at Giatec booth #1421 in the OCE Discovery 2013, Toronto.

Faster, Cheaper Ways to Test Concrete Integrity

Giatec specializes in developing user friendly sensors to non-destructively test concrete. Report mentions that RCON2™ is currently being employed by Ottawa’s Storm Internet Services on a project to expand their 45-tower building.

CTV interview with Giatec

“A team of Ottawa engineers have developed a new tool they say can find trouble spots in the Gardiner’s aging concrete in five seconds. Natalie Johnson reports.”

Giatec’s advanced concrete testing technologies

Five-second concrete analysis from Giatec Scientific displaces weeks-long lab testing, saves lives as well as infrastructure dollars.
The Giatec RCON™ provides performance-based quality control when concrete is being poured and the Giatec iCOR™ offers an accurate tool for structural inspection.

2012 AMO Annual Conference

Giatec’s technologies showcased at the 2012 Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) Conference in Ottawa.

Giatec at the Discovery 2012

Giatec’s advanced concrete testing technologies showcased in the Invest Ottawa’s portfolio at the OCE Discovery 2012

Giatec at the Bridgelife 2012

Giatec’s novel solutions for the durability-based quality control of concrete and corrosion detection were presented at the Bridgelife 2012 conference in Ottawa.

About Giatec

Giatec is a global company revolutionizing the construction industry by bringing smart testing technologies and real-time data collection to the forefront of every jobsite. Giatec’s suite of hardware and software products has leveraged advanced technologies such as AI and the Internet of Things (IoT), including wireless concrete sensors, mobile apps, and advanced non-destructive technologies (NDT) to drive innovation throughout concrete’s lifecycle and reduce concrete’s carbon footprint.

Our suite of hardware and software products has leveraged advanced technologies such as; Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Internet of Things (IoT), including; wireless concrete sensors, mobile apps, and advanced non-destructive technologies (NDT) to drive innovation throughout concrete’s lifecycle.

Combining wireless concrete sensors and mobile apps, Giatec has developed smart IoT-based technologies, like SmartRock® concrete maturity sensors, for real-time monitoring of concrete properties. This provides critical information to contractors so they can make efficient and informed decisions on the jobsite, ultimately saving time and money. Ready-mix producers also leverage the SmartRock® Plus cloud, which gives them access to concrete performance data to optimize their mix designs.

Wireless Sensors and NDT Technologies

Our suite of hardware and software products has leveraged advanced technologies such as; Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Internet of Things (IoT), including; wireless concrete sensors, mobile apps, and advanced non-destructive technologies (NDT) to drive innovation throughout concrete’s lifecycle.

Combining wireless concrete sensors and mobile apps, Giatec has developed smart IoT-based technologies, like SmartRock® concrete maturity sensors, for real-time monitoring of concrete properties. This provides critical information to contractors so they can make efficient and informed decisions on the jobsite, ultimately saving time and money. Ready-mix producers also leverage the SmartRock® Plus cloud, which gives them access to concrete performance data to optimize their mix designs.

 

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