Andrew Fahim

Andrew Fahim

Andrew Fahim, Manager, Research and Development at Giatec. Among numerous scholarships, Andrew was awarded the Ketchum Memorial Medal by the University of New Brunswick in 2016 for graduating with the highest standing in Civil Engineering. Read Andrew's full biography: Andrew Fahim, M.Sc.E. | Research & Development Engineer. Andrew’s research interests include non-destructive testing, electrochemical corrosion monitoring, multiscale multiphysics numerical modeling, mass transport, and materials characterization and testing. He has also carried out various research projects on the evaluation of supplementary cementing materials and alternative binders, corrosion of reinforcing steel, and other concrete degradation mechanisms (including alkali-aggregate reactions, sulfate attack, and freeze-thaw damage). See Andrew Fahim's Google Scholar Profile.

Why Concrete Temperature Testing Is Important During Extreme Weather

Why Concrete Temperature Testing Is Important During Extreme Weather The heat produced by concrete during curing is called heat of hydration. This exothermic reaction occurs when water and cement react. The amount of heat produced during the reaction is largely related to the composition (Table 1) and fineness of the cement. Download Maturity e-Book Monitoring the temperature of your pour after placement is one of the most important steps in the construction of a concrete structure. That is why ensuring optimal curing conditions for your element is critical, especially during…

How Drones Can Work With, Not Against, Inspectors

Recent advances in drone technologies (also known as unmanned aerial vehicles, UAVs) and non-destructive testing (NDT) have led to significant changes in the way data is collected in the field, especially when it comes to structural inspections and repair/rehabilitation assessments. Traditional Inspections Just Aren’t Cutting It Traditional bridge inspection methods such as chain-dragging and visual inspections are not only time-consuming and labor-intensive, but they are also rather subjective, relying on the experience and knowledge of the inspector. For instance, until recently, corrosion detection depended on the inspector’s ability to visually…

Florida International University Bridge Collapse

Why Ensuring Proper Quality Control is Important On March 15th, 2018 a 950-ton, partially assembled pedestrian bridge at Florida International University (FIU) collapsed onto the busy highway below after only five days of its placement, killing six people and leaving nine seriously injured. The 14.2-million-dollar bridge encompassed an open truss with a top chord that served as a canopy over the wider bottom walking-surface chord. Pipes that would have the appearance of cables were to be extended downward from a 109-ft-high central pylon. The concrete deck was to have two-way…

Evaluating Current Methods Predicting Service-Life of Reinforced Concrete

Service-Life Prediction for Reinforced Concrete Exposed to Chloride-Induced Corrosion Risk: Are We Just Rolling the Dice? Corrosion of reinforcing steel is the most prominent cause of deterioration in reinforced concrete in North America and many parts of the world. The safety concerns associated with corrosion, along with the billions of dollars spent yearly on repair and rehabilitation, make an accurate estimate of the service-life crucial in ensuring safety and optimizing repairs throughout the life of the structure. Combating the Number One Cause of Concrete Deterioration This blog post provides a…

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.

 

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