Sarah McGuire

Sarah McGuire

Senior Director SmartRock Plus Division at Giatec | Smart Concrete Testing Technologies. Passionate about concrete and bringing Giatec's revolutionary technology to the industry for all to benefit from. 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. We are bringing long-overdue change to a conservative industry by addressing the current challenges in concrete testing, analysis, design, and production.

Concrete-Eating Robots – The Future of Recycling Old Buildings

The process of demolishing a building involves heavy machinery to crush concrete and separate valuable materials that can be reused. Current methods consume quite a significant amount of time and money in order to safely disassemble the building, extract parts, and transport the materials to off-site centers for repurposing. Furthermore, these processes use a large volume of water to prevent dust clouds from forming as a result of the demolition. Seeing this problem as an opportunity for innovation, a Swedish designer by the name of Ömer Haciömeroğlu aims to reduce the time, money, and materials needed in demolition with his innovative concrete-eating robots.  “The ERO [short for “erosion”] Concrete Recycling Robot was designed to efficiently disassemble…

Salt Damages to Concrete Roads Outweighs its Benefits

Winter in colder climates such as Canada, Alaska, and the Upper Mid-West entails treacherous and unpredictable driving conditions, with snow and ice build-up making roads unsafe. For over 70 years, the solution to this problem has been to cover roads with sodium chloride…

Detect the Rate of Corrosion in Reinforced Concrete Structures in Seconds

Corrosion is a natural process that begins when the steel rebar within reinforced concrete starts to rust. According to ACI, “corrosion occurs when the protective layer in concrete steel reinforcement is destroyed. Steel in concrete is usually protected against corrosion by the high pH of the surrounding portland-cement paste.” However, there are chemicals that can destroy the protective layer, making it susceptible to corrosion. Corrosion is very destructive for the lifespan and durability of your concrete structure, which is why it is crucial to regularly check for corrosion. How are…

Potholes—An Expensive and Recurring Problem for Cities

Potholes are a huge problem all over North America, but nowhere are the detrimental effects more evident than in Canada’s capital, Ottawa. According to CTV News, the city experienced over 40 freeze-thaw cycles during the 2018-2019 winter, which created tens of thousands of potholes that need to be fixed. How Potholes Form: Explaining the Freeze-Thaw Cycle During the freeze-thaw cycle, the water in concrete can expand by about 9%. As this happens pressure increases, and if pressure exceeds the tensile strength of concrete damage will occur. The thawing process that…

An Analysis of Modern Bridge Inspection Technologies

Damaged and deteriorating bridges are a major concern when it comes to transportation infrastructures. According to the ARTBA Bridge Report, “1 in 3 U.S. bridges need repair or replacement” and there are over 46,100 that are considered to be structurally deficient. Each year millions of dollars are spent on keeping these bridges structurally sound and functional. Damage to bridges are a result of a number of factors, including; exposure to harsh environment conditions, variable loading and vibration, the presence of chlorides in de-icing salts, and more. In order to ensure…

Why Project Managers Value SmartRock® Plus Concrete Sensors

SmartRock® Plus is the next level in branded concrete mix design, helping ready-mix producers differentiate their company, and mixes, within their local markets. However, this service doesn’t just help producers, it also helps contractors and field personnel eliminate the need for field-cured break tests, and saving valuable time in their schedules with using pre-calibrated mixes. When SmartRock Plus partners prepare a mix design, they pre-calibrate their mixes with SmartRock wireless sensors using cylinder break tests. Once this data has been collected, it is uploaded to the cloud interface where it can be accessed by the contractor onsite via the SmartRock Plus mobile app. By purchasing SmartRock…

SmartRock® Plus: Helping Producers ‘Know Their Concrete’ Beyond the Pour

Since its commercial takeoff in the last three decades, the use of maturity sensors has historically been driven by contractors. In deploying this testing method on their jobsite, contractors get real-time temperature and strength data directly on their mobile devices, allowing them to make quick decisions. Before the use of mobile applications this was not a simple task. Now, with the incorporation of new technology and software, the simplicity of SmartRock’s sensors has solved a lot of existing challenges, such as costly third-party testing and project delays. However, the biggest…

The Impact of Thermal Cracking on Concrete Strength Development

Concrete temperature monitoring becomes more critical in cold weather as low temperatures decrease the rate of strength development during curing. That is why ensuring optimal curing conditions for your element is critical, especially during extreme weather conditions. The hydration process can be drastically impacted if freshly placed concrete is exposed to temperatures that are too high or too low, compromising the strength development of a mix design. Furthermore, if the temperature differentials are too high, thermal cracking can occur. By closely monitoring temperature variances in your concrete element during curing…

Avoid Thermal Shock and Cracking by Monitoring Temperature in Precast Concrete

Precast concrete is concrete which has been poured in a reusable mold or form and is then cured outside of a job site, such as a precast plant, and later transported and lifted or ‘tilted’ into place. Plants which manufacture precast concrete do so under controlled conditions in a facility dedicated to efficient and economical production. This method of construction is often used to speed up a project, reducing on-site labor, waste, and disturbances. What affects concrete curing temperature? Controlling temperature is important for fresh concrete as it can affect…

Choosing the Right Tablet for Your Construction Projects

In today’s digital world, the use of tablets in the business environment is becoming increasingly popular. This is true for the construction industry as well, where tablets are being used to give contractors and engineers access to data on the go during various building and infrastructure projects. Technological advancements such as cloud databases and expanding WiFi coverage are allowing engineers and construction workers to input, collect, and analyze project data in the field and subsequently share this data easily with team members. It is no longer necessary to fill out…

Increase Concrete Durability by Keeping Water Out

With concrete being the world’s most popular construction material, it’s clear why we must always push to find new ways of improving its inherent durability. And there’s no better to do this than to protect it from its nemesis—water. Why Is Water Bad for Concrete? When water accumulates on a concrete surface, it can infiltrate the pores and cause concrete cracking. It’s not surprising that roads are in constant need of repair in climates that experience frequent freezing and thawing cycles. Thankfully, researcher Konstantin Sobolev, a professor of civil engineering…

How Recycled Tires Can Put an End to Potholes Forever!

Concrete and asphalt are the main materials that are used to pave the roads that paint our landscapes throughout the globe and connect us to one another. Every driver, bus dweller, and sidewalk trekker knows that where there are paved pathways, there are potholes. What Are Potholes? Technically speaking, potholes are structural failures in a road surface caused primarily by the presence of water in the underlying soil as well as the wear from passing traffic. These defects can damage a tire or a wheel and lead to very serious…

4 Uses of SmartRock® Plus for Prestressed Concrete Producers

SmartRock® Plus was originally designed for ready mix producers, however, prestressed concrete producers now also see a lot of opportunity in this technology. There are four ways prestressed producers can take advantage of the SmartRock® Plus technology for real-time monitoring of temperature, strength, and maturity. 1) Temperature Monitoring: Many specifications and DOT requirements necessitate recording concrete temperatures during initial curing. SmartRock® Plus is built to do just that in a very robust, durable module. Each sensor will record temperatures for up to 31 days and report current temperature to the…

Road Salt Meets its Match With a New Type of Concrete

More Durable Concrete That Doesn’t React to Salt It has been a known fact for engineers that road salt, used as a de-icing agent every winter to protect the roads from the dangerous build-up of ice, are also responsible for the slow degradation of the concrete to which these roads are made of. Each winter where temperature fluctuations facilitate the build-up of ice due to the cycle of snowing, melting and freezing, roads are constantly being layered with calcium chloride salt. The issue lies in the fact that calcium chloride…

Could SmartRock® Plus Replace Concrete Cylinders for Acceptance Testing?

In a typical construction project, the strength of the concrete is assumed to be the same as the strength of the cylinders cast from that same load of concrete. Cylinders are made in the field, by a technician and cured under standard conditions. The cylinders are not intended to measure the concrete in the structure, but rather as a check on whether the concrete producer batched the correct material. The problem with this cylinder break tests is that they are based on too many assumptions and fail too often. So,…

SmartRock® Plus: Real-Time Concrete Strength

Why would anybody need to know the strength of their concrete at any given moment on the jobsite? In the construction world, time is money. The faster a project can reach completion, the more profitable it is for the owner, contractor, and concrete producer. By knowing the strength of the concrete, contractors can move to the next step in the process, along the critical path, and hasten a project towards completion. So, who would want to know real-time concrete strength? Some obvious people include contractors doing post-tensioned concrete, high rise…

Who Can Benefit from the SmartRock® Plus Solution?

Speeding up Construction Projects with SmartRock® Plus SmartRock® Plus is designed to speed up construction on projects incorporating critical path concrete. The days saved on a schedule can benefit the developer, the contractors, and the concrete producer. For property developers, the time of construction costs money in interest paid on construction loans and lost revenue from not having the facility open to rent-paying tenants or for businesses. By speeding up the construction process with SmartRock® Plus, these costs can be reduced to the developer and make the project more profitable….

Space Concrete and the Future of Colonies on Mars

An Alternative To Shipping Tonnes of Concrete To Mars With NASA predicting that humans will set foot on Mars for the first time by the year 2030, it comes as no surprise that the next step would be to initiate colonization on the red planet. And with the prospects of colonization comes the need for construction materials to build our Martian headquarters. But not so fast… how on earth do we plan on providing the time and resources required to ship the thousands of tonnes of concrete material necessary to…

Giatec to Participate in 48Hrs in the Valley Summer 2017

What better way to feed and grow the Canadian innovative economy than to learn from today’s top business leaders? San Francisco, California, USA, June 20, 2017 – Giatec Scientific Inc. is honoured to be one of 21 amazing start-up companies selected to partake in an immersive two-days of invaluable networking, learning and sharing. 48Hrs in the Valley Summer 2017 is a semi-annual event wherein a group of the most promising start-up companies across Canada are brought together to the city of San Francisco to participate in an in-depth program aimed…

The Precast Show 2017

Date: March 2-4, 2017 Location: Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland Cleveland, OH United States The Precast Show is the largest precast show in North America and this year it will be leaving its mark in Cleveland, Ohio at the Huntington Convention Center. This is the one place where you can find the foremost equipment experts and the industry’s most important suppliers all under the same roof! New products will be introduced by top suppliers as well as provide attendees with an exciting, hands-on experience with the latest products in all…

World of Concrete – Vegas 2017

World of Concrete is the most important annual event of the year for the entire concrete and masonry industries! WOC features special product and action areas such as the Producing Center – a marketplace of materials, equipment, demos and seminars, as well as Technology for Construction. Technology for Construction features the newest products and tools for the construction industry! This year, Giatec is proud to be a part of the WOC convention! We will be featuring our newest concrete testing solutions such as the Smart Concrete and SmartRock2 for wireless…

ICRI 2017 Spring Convention

With the theme of “Highways and Bridges”, the ICIR Spring 2017 convention will be held in Montreal, March 15-17, 2017.

NACE International Corrosion 2017 Conference

Date: March 26 – 30, 2017 Location: New Orleans, Louisiana | Ernest N. Morial Convention Center CORROSION is the world’s largest corrosion conference and exposition and CORROSION 2017 is coming to New Orleans. Each year CORROSION welcomes more than 6,000 corrosion engineers, scientists, researchers, technicians, asset owners, inspectors, and other professionals from over 60 countries across the world. This comprehensive conference is filled to the brim with technical education and knowledge exchange plus opportunities to connect with industry experts and peers focused on the prevention and mitigation of corrosion worldwide….

CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017

Date: March 7 – March 11, 2017 Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA CONEXPO-CON/AGG is an exhibition is an international gathering place that takes place every three years for the construction industries, with a focus on construction, aggregates and ready mixed concrete. The event features exhibits of the latest technologies and innovations in equipment, products and services plus extensive industry-targeted education. With more than 700 new exhibitors this year, exhibits will showcase the latest technologies and innovations in equipment, products and services for the construction industries. Product concentration areas make it…

Construct Canada

North America’s Largest Exposition, Networking and Educational Event Date: November 30 – December 2, 2016 Location: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building, Canada The 28th Annual Construct Canada at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on November 30th – December 2nd, 2016 will be held concurrently with PM Expo, HomeBuilder & Renovator Expo and World of Concrete Pavilion in the South Building, and IIDEXCanada in the North Building. All shows combined will create The Buildings Show, North America’s largest exposition, networking and educational event. Visit 1,600+ exhibits, including 100+ international exhibitors,…

The Big 5 Dubai

Date: November 21 – 24 2016 Location: Dubai World Trade Center With more than 3,000 exhibitors from across the globe, this year the Big 5 has made it even easier for you to find the products you need and the best suppliers to do business with! Furthermore, the brand new floorplan layout, based on the new dedicated product sectors will now highlight the following: • MEP Services • Building Interiors & Finishes • Building Envelope & Special Construction • Construction Tools & Building Materials • Smart Building & Design Technologies…

Sao Paulo Expo a Grand Success

From the 24th to the 26th of August, this year’s Concrete Show was held in the vibrant municipality of Sao Paulo, Brazil – and was proven to be greatly successful. With an increase in presence of more than 20%, visitors were mostly comprised of top level executives, managers, university faculty members, technicians, laboratory managers, manufacturer representatives and more. Based on past success, The South American Concrete Show has been an ideal platform for launching new products, generating new interest and networking and this year was no different! Here, we featured…

Excellence in Concrete Solutions Award

Giatec wins the Excellence in Concrete Solutions Award in recognition of its latest developments of smart NDT devices and wireless sensors for concrete testing.

Concrete Show South America – Brazil

In its 10th edition, it is recognized by the worldwide market as the most important meeting point for concrete production chain in Latin America.

The Concrete Convention and Exposition

The ACI Convention is devoted to bringing together the leaders in the concrete industry. These individuals work to improve the design, construction, maintenance, and

Maintenance & Resilience TOKYO

The event offers a great opportunity to meet visitors for making business meetings and technical information exchanges to the exhibitors who are engaged in

LankaBuild 2016

Sri Lanka’s No. 1 International Infrastructure & Development Show will be held from 12-14 August 2016 at the Sri Lanka Exhibition & Convention Centre (SLECC).

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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