Icaro Mariani

Icaro Mariani

Icaro is a concrete specialist at Giatec. He has his Civil Engineer, B.Sc from the Federal University of Parana, the first Brazilian University. With his expertise in construction and concrete research, he developed an extensive study on the effect of concrete core extractions in different concrete mixes, culminating on his Master's Degree in Construction Engineering. With 7 years of experience in ready-mix concrete, he also utilizes his background to provide engineering solutions to major construction challenges using Giatec’s technology.
Icaro Mariani

Icaro Mariani

Icaro is a concrete specialist at Giatec. He has his Civil Engineer, B.Sc from the Federal University of Parana, the first Brazilian University. With his expertise in construction and concrete research, he developed an extensive study on the effect of concrete core extractions in different concrete mixes, culminating on his Master's Degree in Construction Engineering. With 7 years of experience in ready-mix concrete, he also utilizes his background to provide engineering solutions to major construction challenges using Giatec’s technology.

Reduce Heat Curing Cost of Concrete in Winter Using Maturity Method

Year over year the construction industry goes through a recurring cycle. During summer construction worksites explode in number and activity. This is the time when concrete strength development takes place at a steady pace, as the weather contributes and does not slow strength gain.  Concrete strength on-site is largely influenced by weather conditions. When it is hot, concrete can maintain the expected strength gain and critical operations can be done faster. Formwork can be stripped, lanes can be opened, cables can be tensioned, etc.   However, it is when temperature drops and cold weather takes place, that the coin flips. Without proper actions, construction delays are certain, as the concrete will take longer to achieve target strength. For that reason, projects typically adopt the use of heaters to ensure the concrete strength development, and therefore, the project schedule. Moreover, heaters are used to ensure that the concrete structure meets the minimum quality and durability requirements. For instance, according to ACI 306 – Guide to Cold Weather…

Concrete Maturity Method: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is Concrete Maturity? Concrete maturity is a non-destructive approach that allows the estimation of the strength of in-place concrete. The method uses the temperature history of the concrete during the curing phases to estimate strength development. This approach requires calibration to create a unique relationship between the Maturity Index (obtained using the temperature profile) and concrete strength. For example, this means that a given concrete mix can reach the same strength after 7 days curing at 50°F (10°C) as when it is cured at 68°F (20°C) for 3.5 days How Can I Develop a Maturity Calibration? There are different methods to develop the maturity calibration but all of them are dependent on the temperature history of the mix-design. The most commonly used in North America is the Temperature Time Factor (TTF), as it is simpler to implement. TTF is…

Evaluating Concrete Quality with Electrical Resistivity

The fast-paced environment of the construction industry results in a constant search for better and more efficient ways to evaluate the quality of concrete. Despite this increase in state-of-the-art knowledge regarding concrete research, current industry practices still rely on compressive strength testing to measure concrete quality. Results of a compressive test alone do not represent the quality of the concrete, or its inherent durability. When strength is emphasized as the only quality specification, contractors concentrate their efforts on delivering a material that is compliant with strength requirements, which ultimately does not represent the durability of the concrete. As a result, multiple tests for obtaining and understanding durability by measuring concrete’s ability to resist chloride penetration have widely become accepted. This method commonly known as RCP measures chloride penetration on a range from high to negligible and is standardized by ASTM…

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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