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Giatec Welcomes Hilltop Companies as a New SmartRock® Plus Producer

Hilltop Companies, a lead supplier in quality ready mixed concrete, partners with Giatec to offer SmartRock® Plus to local contractors. Get Your First SmartRock Concrete Sensor for FREE Free Demo Kit SmartRock® Plus is a value-added solution offered to contractors and construction companies who want to obtain real-time…

3 Benefits SmartRock® Plus Gives Flatwork Contractors

Simply put, SmartRock® Plus is a rugged concrete maturity system, coupled with powerful reporting and data sharing capabilities, and real-time temperature monitoring. As with all maturity systems, the contractor can benefit from knowing real-time strength allowing him to post-tension decks, strip forms, or open pavements to traffic sooner….

Benefits to Using Recycled Tires in Concrete

How Recycled Tires Are Used to Reinforce ConcreteAlthough there have been cases of concrete structures lasting centuries (like the Colosseum), concrete produced today will realistically last around up to 50 years depending on the mix design, the reinforcement, the placement, and exposure conditions. The fact is that concrete…

SmartRock® Plus for Concrete Mix Optimization

Who cares about concrete mix optimization? Get Your First SmartRock Concrete Sensor for FREE Free Demo Kit In the concrete industry ”mix optimization” is an often abused term that vendors to the ready mix producers use when trying to justify their “value proposition” and sell their products. However,…

Using SmartRock® Plus to Defend your Concrete

You’re not alone. It’s not only in your market that testing labs produce bad results and you have to pay to defend your concrete. This is a big, broad problem across North America and around the world. Get Your First SmartRock Concrete Sensor for FREE Free Demo Kit…

10 Days to SmartRock® Plus

What if there was a new technology to help you quickly, easily improve the profitability of your ready mix business? What would this “ideal” new technology look like to a concrete producer? It would probably encompass: Get Your First SmartRock Concrete Sensor for FREE Free Demo Kit Innovative…

3 Ways Telematics Can Improve Construction

In the pursuit of saving time, it becomes difficult when a project is caught up in contracts and agreements, project changes, and the many regulations and procedures that are necessary to complete a project. These problems cause other concerns such as relevant equipment, materials, and foreman required to…

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. Get Your First…

Road Salt Meets its Match With a New Type of Concrete

More Durable Concrete That Doesn’t React to SaltIt 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…

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…

SmartRock® Plus: Real-Time Concrete Strength

Why would anybody need to know the strength of their concrete at any given moment on the jobsite? Get Your First SmartRock Concrete Sensor for FREE Free Demo Kit In the construction world, time is money. The faster a project can reach completion, the more profitable it is…

Who Can Benefit from the SmartRock® Plus Solution?

Speeding up Construction Projects with SmartRock® PlusSmartRock® 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. Get Your First SmartRock Concrete Sensor for FREE Free Demo Kit For…

Space Concrete and the Future of Colonies on Mars

An Alternative To Shipping Tonnes of Concrete To MarsWith 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…

Concrete Speakers Create Pure Sound by Reducing Vibrations

Sleek design and Superior Sound PerformanceToday we are always striving to find new and innovative ways of producing a wide range of products in a more eco-friendly manner, thus reducing the carbon footprint we leave behind. One means of doing so is by venturing away from the largely…

SmartRock Sensors Help Project Managers Make Quick Decisions

Wanda Vista is a nearly 100-story skyscraper currently under construction in Chicago (Illinois) and will be the city’s third largest tower upon completion. The project includes various post-tensioned elements. To apply tension on the cables in these elements, it is critical to ensure that the concrete has enough…

Slag Cement Life Cycle Assessment Calculator Free to Download

Get ready, ready-mix concrete industry, because the Slag Cement Association (SCA) has just introduced a new Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) calculator for slag cement, and it’s free to download! Get Your First SmartRock Concrete Sensor for FREE Free Demo Kit The calculator, which is used to quantify and…

Bullet-Proof Concrete Proposed for Border Wall

With President Trump’s border wall plans heavily in the works, a North Carolina company is ready to get their hands dirty. Partnering with a construction company in Texas, a bid application to build a concrete wall using a patented ballistics concrete that has the capability to absorb bullets…

Components of SmartRock® Plus

Get Your First SmartRock Concrete Sensor for FREE Free Demo Kit While the SmartRock® Plus system is a full business solution for improving ready mix producer market share, customer loyalty, and profitability, at the heart are three primary components: sensors, the mobile application, and the cloud. SensorsThe sensors…

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