Étienne Noël

Étienne Noël

Étienne Noël is a Co-op Lab Assistant at Giatec’s Research and Development Department. He is currently a 4th year student at the University of Ottawa pursuing a Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering. Working in the Research and Development department for Giatec has allowed him to greatly deepen his knowledge of the concrete industry. Giatec’s non-destructive approach to revolutionizing concrete testing is a topic that quickly interested Étienne and which he now wishes to share in order to advance in an intelligent concrete industry. See Étienne Noël’s LinkedIn profile
Étienne Noël

Étienne Noël

Étienne Noël is a Co-op Lab Assistant at Giatec’s Research and Development Department. He is currently a 4th year student at the University of Ottawa pursuing a Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering. Working in the Research and Development department for Giatec has allowed him to greatly deepen his knowledge of the concrete industry. Giatec’s non-destructive approach to revolutionizing concrete testing is a topic that quickly interested Étienne and which he now wishes to share in order to advance in an intelligent concrete industry. See Étienne Noël’s LinkedIn profile

What is the Concrete Maturity Curve and Why Does it Matter?

Concrete has numerous properties that can be studied and recorded, but its compressive strength has generally been the center of attention. Indeed, in most projects, structures will use mix designs with the main focus being to reach a certain compressive strength as well as flowability and air content requirements. The most direct way to obtain such information on concrete compressive strength is sampling companion cylinders to be tested for compression. However, this method is inconvenient and may be inaccurate. Fortunately, there is a way around this: the maturity curve. What is the Concrete Maturity Curve and Why Does it Matter For Testing Concrete Strength? To begin, concrete maturity is an index, a numerical parameter, that indicates a relative age of the concrete according to its cure. A concrete cure is mostly defined by its temperature. During curing, concrete will gain…

Take Thermal Control of Your Concrete with SmartRock

Mass concrete pours are becoming more and more present in the construction industry. As our ambition grows, the size of our concrete structures grow with it. Massive pours have their specific set of challenges that must be anticipated and prepared for, including the thermal cracking of structures. In a fresh concrete element, the center will retain the heat generated by the hydration of the cement, whereas the surface will be cooled down by the ambient temperature. This creates unequal expansion and contraction, which can lead to cracking in massive pours if the thermal strain is higher than the tensile strength of the concrete. Want more information on the temperature gradient and thermal cracking? Click here! Even though mass concrete pour conditions aren’t ideal, they are manageable with a properly executed thermal control plan and the efficiency of wireless concrete temperature…

Concrete Testing Equipment for Your Thermal Control Plan

One of the most crucial steps after a concrete pour is to consistently track the temperature.  By monitoring the temperature, you will be able to create an optimal curing environment, which will improve the overall strength of your concrete. Maintaining temperatures according to ACI 301-16  standards is also critical for the success of the hydration process. Therefore, before you get ready for your first pour, you need to decide what concrete testing equipment you will use to measure the in-situ temperatures of your concrete elements. This decision will be even more important if you are working on a mass concrete element or in extreme weather conditions. By having a plan and keeping temperatures consistent, you can improve the overall durability of your structure and reduce frustrating thermal cracks.   When You Need a Thermal Control Plan If you are working on a mass concrete element, it is essential to have a…

Using Maturity to Increase Allowable Concrete Temperature Gradients

With the evolution of the construction industry, we are building structures bigger than ever before. These massive structures are mostly made of concrete and often represent a challenge for many reasons. One of the main problems encountered is the concrete temperature difference between the core and the surface of massive pours and the cracking or structural deficiencies that could result from this differential. The concrete temperature gradient (or temperature differential) is the variation of the temperature found between the core and the exterior of a concrete element. A concrete pour will typically generate an appreciable amount of heat, due to the exothermic nature of concrete hydration, which will raise the temperature of the element. The problem lies in the fact that the exterior of the concrete is exposed to the environment, with a lower temperature. This results in the outside…

Avoiding the Uncertainties of Concrete Cylinder Testing with the Maturity Method

Concrete is a material that has been used for over a millennia. Concrete is the most used construction material in the whole world! More than that, behind water, it’s the most used material, all categories combined! Worldwide, approximately 10 billion tons of concrete are produced per year. Obviously, the strength of the concrete produced varies, but in most project, it is crucial to have an idea of this measurement. During the last few decades of significant progress for concrete, today’s most widely used compressive strength standard emerged: the cylinder concrete break tests. It is a method that has allowed construction to prosper for so long, building the modern world that we live in. For that reason, we must all tip our hats towards this compressive strength test method. However, it is also a method that allows for errors, which on…

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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