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How to Predict the Service-Life of Concrete Structures

OverviewGiatec Perma2™ is a laboratory test device for the measurement of the resistance of concrete against thepenetration of chloride (RCPT) according to ASTM C1202, AASHTO T277 and ASTM C1760 standards. Themeasurement data can be used to estimate the chloride diffusion coefficient of concrete for the service life prediction…

Top 11 Green Ready-Mix Concrete Producers in North America 

Sustainability and green movements have been quickly taking over industries, and construction is no different. Every year, 20 billion tons (10 billion cubic yards) of concrete are produced globally. This makes it the second most consumed product on earth, after water. Cement is not only the most expensive…

New Giatec 360 Updates – Part 2: Graph Customization Tools

This article will continue on the topic discussed in Part 1, be sure to check it out! Get Your First SmartRock Concrete Sensor for FREE Free Demo Kit DisplayThe max and min temperature limits can be assigned to a sensor using the Parameter Thresholds function on both the…

New Giatec 360 Updates – Part 1: Temperature, Strength, and Maturity Charts

As part of Giatec’s continued efforts and goal to meet customer requirements and expectations, progressive changes are being made to the system to better comply with updating needs. Working with clients on a global scale, we strive to provide a streamlined platform that is one place for all….

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Level Up Your Project Reports With Giatec 360™ – Part 2

Let’s dive deeper into report generation to learn more about how Giatec 360’s reports help you make better decisions faster on the jobsite. For an introduction to Giatec 360, click to read Part 1 of this blog. Get Your First SmartRock Concrete Sensor for FREE Free Demo Kit…

Level Up Your Project Reports With Giatec 360™ – Part 1

Let’s learn about Giatec 360 and how to make the most of this advanced web-based dashboard for monitoring and managing concrete pours. Get Your First SmartRock Concrete Sensor for FREE Free Demo Kit The construction industry is one of the busiest, most challenging, and constantly evolving industries, globally. A…

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Giatec Award for Best Paper 2022 

We are very excited to announce the launch of our annual sustainability in construction research paper award contest! This is a great opportunity for civil engineers to expose their research and development to a global audience of industry experts. Plus, the winner will receive a monetary award of $1,000 US….

Measuring Relative Humidity With Embedded BlueRock Sensors In Concrete

 During construction, the internal relative humidity (RH) of concrete plays a significant role in the progression of work. Especially in slabs-on-ground or suspended slabs that are to receive moisture-sensitive flooring materials, professionals often rely on experience to understand the drying time of field concrete. Flooring materials such as…

Use These Tech Tools for More Efficient Cold Weather Concreting

Let’s dive into our sensors in detail.   Get Your First SmartRock Concrete Sensor for FREE Free Demo Kit SmartRock Sensors:   SmartRock is a wireless concrete sensor designed for temperature and strength monitoring with the ability to record real-time temperature data for every 15-minute interval for 2 months and comes with remote-monitoring capabilities. It is fast, simple,…

Everything You Need to Know About Pouring Concrete in Winter

Winter is coming! Worried about the cold weather concreting that comes with it in the construction industry? We’ve got it covered with Giatec’s SmartRock sensors.  Keep reading to learn more.  Get Your First SmartRock Concrete Sensor for FREE Free Demo Kit The temperature is dropping, the days start to get shorter, and frost covers the ground. While it may be exciting…

Giatec’s Unique Concrete Knowledge Resources

The Giatec Scientific website is a treasure trove of concrete knowledge, ranging from blogs and case studies to podcasts and videos! Find a few of our exclusive resources below: Get Your First SmartRock Concrete Sensor for FREE Free Demo Kit Giatec’s Concrete Terminology Search BarNeed a one-stop destination…

Engineering Solutions and Technical Support at Giatec

For over a decade, Giatec has leveraged advanced technologies such as: Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Internet-of-Things (IoT) solutions to help the construction industry redefine business models and value propositions. We integrate best engineering practices, research, and developments to achieve sustainable infrastructure constructions. Get Your First SmartRock Concrete Sensor…

Differentiating Inert and Reactive Pozzolanic Materials using Bulk Resistivity

Research Background Portland cement is often replaced by supplementary cementitious materials (SCMs) in concrete to increase sustainability (reducing CO2 emissions due to lower cement contents) and durability (mitigation of alkali-silica reaction, reduced sulfate attack, and reduced chloride penetration). Fly ash and natural pozzolans are specified using ASTM C618/AASHTO M295, and an important part of this specification is the strength activity index test (SAI), which dictates that a mortar…

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Giatec’s Pioneering AI Programs for Sustainable Concrete Testing and Reducing CO2 Emissions

In late 2020, Giatec announced that our artificial intelligence (AI) program RoxiTM has been trained with the funding provided by Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC), which will help in the reduction of cement usage during concrete testing. For those that are unfamiliar with Roxi’s functions, require deeper insights into how and why this…

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Choosing the Right Concrete Thermocouple for Your Jobsite

Get Your First SmartRock Concrete Sensor for FREE Free Demo Kit What Is a Concrete Thermocouple? In layman’s terms, a thermocouple is an electric device that measures temperature, essentially making it a type of thermometer. That being said, it is not the kind of thermometer you would use to measure your body temperature when running a fever, or to deduce…

The Importance of Monitoring Temperature Differentials in Mass Concrete

Get Your First SmartRock Concrete Sensor for FREE Free Demo Kit Click the buttons above to download our SmartRock app from Google Play or the Apple App Store!Closely monitoring concrete temperatures is critical for ensuring proper strength development of concrete structures and concrete sustainability regardless of their application…

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Rebound Hammer vs. The Maturity Method: Which Should You Choose?

Schmidt/Rebound Hammer MethodThe concrete rebound hammer test (often referred to as Schmidt Hammer) was invented in 1948 and is still a popular choice to test the compressive strength of concrete. To use this method, the concrete rebound hammer must first be calibrated against a steel test anvil. Once…

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Where to Buy the Best Concrete Thermometers

You’ve arrived at this blog post because you’re interested in evaluating and selecting from the plethora of concrete thermometers available in the market. Before we dive into suggesting some of the best thermometers we’ve come across, it is essential to address the importance of testing for concrete temperature, why doing so may prevent risks such…

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