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.
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.

Giatec RCON2 Used to Study Concrete Cracks

We are happy here at Giatec to see the RCON2 being used at Gazi University in Ankara, Turkey in such an interesting research investigation. Read more about Dr. Sahmaran’s work here. Title: Concrete Cracks Heal Themselves In the human body, small wounds are easily treated by the body itself, requiring no further care. For bigger wounds to be healed, the body may need outside assistance. Concrete is like a living body, in that it can self-heal its own small wounds (cracks) as an intrinsic characteristic. However, cracks do not heal easily in conventional concrete due to its rather brittle nature, which calls into question the effectiveness of self-healing in conventional concrete materials with no control over crack formation. Robust self-healing composites called Engineered Cementitious Composites (ECC) are based on an advanced material technology first proposed by Dr. Victor C. Li…

Quite a haul: Lima concrete firm takes on massive project

They look like huge grey anchors and have been getting lots of looks recently on area highways. Nearly 1,000 massive and oddly shaped concrete forms called dolosse are being sent out one at a time from a precast concrete manufacturer in Lima, Livingston County, through Monroe County and down Route 104 for a project at the Port of Oswego. “We were eating lunch at the local diner here in Lima and there were people at the windows,” said Todd Clarke, president of Lakelands Concrete Products, Inc. “We’ve been making them for a while, but nobody really knows about them.” The $4 million job is the largest project ever for 64-year-old, family-run Lakelands, which has been sending the 16-ton dolosse out from its site for the two-hour tractor-trailer ride to Oswego. Lakelands started making the dolosse after landing a contract with…

Subway Lines on the Rise

The city of Las Vegas, Nevada has been notorious for its new projects in infrastructure for decades, and now a new breakthrough addition is about to be made. News of a potential subway line underneath the infamous strip has been stirring, and the feedback has been one extreme to the other. This new project proposal was one of many unveiled by the Regional Transportation Commission of South Nevada to aid with the heavy traffic flow along the resort and nightlife hub. This new addition to the city will have a huge impact on traffic flow during peak seasons and times of major conventions, but the constant construction for the next few years will cause serious delays. There are many positive aspects to this proposed construction project, in particularly the increase of job opportunities that could help boost this economic sector….

Bridge Inspection Realities

In light of The construction season upon us here in Canada, here is a very informative infographic about bridge inspection practices in America and where the country currently stands. Bridge inspection practices are not complying with the standards and the matters are not taken seriously. Infrastructure in North America is a serious concern and should not be taken lightly as it can endanger lives of innocent civilians. Here at Giatec, we offer efficient and cost effective solutions and we are currently working on breakthrough technology to detect corrosion in existing infrastructure, especially bridges.We have incorporated smart technology into our methods to ensure accurate data, and no risk of human error. tests can also be done in a more timely matter, thus, minimizing opportunity costs of labor and time. For more information, contact info@giatecscientific.com or visit our Giatec Products page.

A 21st Century Solution to our Problems

How smart technology is changing the concrete industry for the better By Sarah McGuire John Oliver, the host of HBO’s Last Week Tonight has been vociferously exposing problems in America free of television censorship thanks to the paid television network on which the show is hosted. During the segment aired on March 8th he exposed poor state of America’s infrastructure by comparing it to that of a Lego set. He pointed out that although infrastructure may not be the most glamorous and ‘sexy’ topic, it is vitally important to the economy. Using his incisive wit, he was able to shine a spotlight on an unpopular subject and make Americans realise they are dealing with a serious issue. Although faulty dams and bridges pose life threatening consequences, simple infrastructural deficiencies such as potholes have also been responsible for fatalities. The 21st…

Special Mentions of the ACI Convention

    After a very successful time spent at the Fountains of Concrete Knowledge ACI convention in Kansas City, there are many companies and organizations to be thanked and praised for their work and dedication to the concrete industry. One organization in particular stood out among the crowd, the Concrete Promotional Group (CPR). The award is meant for non-ACI members who have still made notable contributions to the industry, which CPR has done a remarkable job with. The organization has been supporting the local construction community for many years, providing reference material, education to students and support in sales/marketing initiatives. The organization has actively volunteered its time to educate the industry and ACI members to practice the best methods in constructing high rise buildings, bridges of importance, infamous monuments etc. The group was well deserving of the award and will…

Detroit Sparks Infrastructural News

Another bridge in America has been deemed as deficient, which sadly comes as no shock to anyone well-educated on the current state of America’s infrastructure. The Rouge River bridge, a part of Detroit’s major trans-way the 1-75 was last inspected in 2013 and will not be repaired until 2017, still two years away even though it has clearly been marked as a hazard. The deck surface of the bridge is slowly deteriorating and will cost at least $80 million to repair. The city of Detroit has been suffering relentlessly in terms of their economy, thus it comes as no surprise to see the city’s infrastructure experiencing drawbacks as well. Diane Cross, a spokeswoman for Michigan’s Department of Transportation has publicly stated that a bill to repair the damages sooner is attempting to be passed but only the words possible and…

Jordan River Faces More Pollution

The Jordan River in Utah is at risk of contamination due to the illegal dumping of concrete materials in the Jordan wetlands. The contamination has yet to spread to the River itself, but federal investigations are underway due to a video obtained by the U.S Army on January 7th, displaying various compounds being poured onto property owned by Owell Precast (now known as Olympus Precast), an American precast company serving government, commercial and residential sectors for their concrete needs. The dumping of these concrete materials is in violation of the Clean Water Act and the company is not in possession of any permits to justify these actions. Bill Ashton, the co-owner of the company in question will not comment on these allegations This is nowhere near the first time the Jordan River has been used as a draining system for…

Apple Brings Concrete & Sustainability Together

Another innovation is transpiring in the world of concrete, but not in the technology and software aspect. Apple Inc. has begun another project, unconventional from their standard technology devices from smartphones and computers to general software. As opposed to their current philosophy downsizing products to have all the technology fit in the palm of your hand, this structure will be larger than the pentagon upon completion. The billion dollar corporation is constructing a concrete and glass ring in Silicone Valley region of San Francisco California. This structure is Apple Inc’s latest initiative towards sustainability and aiding environmental efforts and awareness. It still remains unclear exactly what is happening insight, however, Lisa Jackson, the corporation’s Vice President of Environment Initiatives says they intend on sharing progress in steps that is meaningful as opposed to having every single detail observed and analyzed….

Concrete Industry Advancements

Progress Builders, a San Jose, California-based company offers a variety of services to ease construction projects and has just announced the release of new application, available on iOS software devices. The company focuses primarily on building custom homes and has a vast portfolio, including many projects with the environmental “Go-Green” mentality. Their new application, The Concrete Foundation Estimator, is designed to speed up the process in finding the ideal contractor for a consumer’s needs by estimating the best cost as accurately as possible. The application covers all necessary aspects when choosing a contractor, and ranges in services from demolition of concrete slabs, to the entire process in building a custom designed home. This new application not only allows users to filter through contractors, it also allows them to build profiles and create a project portfolio to keep track of everything…

5 Remarkable Innovations

The World of Concrete 2015 trade show, hosted in the dynamic city of Las Vegas attracted over 60,000 attendees this year with over 1,400 exhibitors. Every year, as the show continues, the quantity of innovative and exciting products continues to grow and the concrete world is forever changing. It is exciting for the concrete industry to see such entrepreneurship in this field and the willingness to do more. This year, there were over 50 applicants for the MIP award (Most Innovative Product). All exhibitors had the chance to be entered into a competition to win the MIP in their specific industry. The winners will be announced in a few weeks, but here are some great products and companies deserve an honorable mention. 5. Rubber Stone As environmental concerns have risen and become more important to consumers, it seems fitting to…

Lessons Learned From the Harmon Hotel

In light of Giatec Scientific’s recent visit to Las Vegas for the World of Concrete 2015 trade show, we would like to take a closer look into the current and future infrastructure of the city. Aside from the infamous partying and gambling, Las Vegas is also well known for incredible infrastructures, in particularly the architecture of some of the largest hotels in the world. The city’s population increased by over 95% between the mid-1980s and mid-1990s, and is still continuously growing at an exponential rate. With a population explosion such as this, the city must support the change and constantly update its infrastructure through repairs and new projects. The Harmon Hotel, owned by MGM mirage, and designed by Foster & Partners, was discovered to have major infrastructural flaws in 2008; over two years after the project broke ground. By 2009,…

Celebrate Concrete!

The World of Concrete 2015 Exposition is only four days away and Giatec Scientific is excited about being able to represent our concrete testing devices and meet the other exhibitors. Concrete impacts the average person more than one would think. Without it, transportation methods would be much different if we didn’t have concrete made highway systems and roads. Large cities such as, Toronto, New York and Shanghai would look much different than they do today. If there was no concrete, what would the 3.2 million annual visitors see the Statue of Liberty standing on? To celebrate concrete and everything it has helped engineers and architects accomplish, here are ten interesting facts about the infamous building material. 1. The annual global production of concrete is 5 billion cubic yards. 2. In order to make 1 tonne of cement, two tonnes of…

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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