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Open Roads Sooner with Concrete Curing Sensors

Road construction can be a lengthy, disruptive process—so ensuring that your project stays on schedule is one of your most important responsibilities as a project manager. Get Your First SmartRock Concrete Sensor for FREE Free Demo Kit Even before groundwork can be begin, the planning stages of some…

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Pouring Concrete in Winter vs. Summer: What’s the Difference?

One of the most important aspects of concrete strength development and ensuring the integrity of a completed structure is the temperature of the concrete pours during the early stages of construction.  Get Your First SmartRock Concrete Sensor for FREE Free Demo Kit We’re not always lucky enough to experience perfect…

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How to Cool Concrete in the Summer, and Why it’s Important

Summer is a busy time for the construction industry. The warm months present a chance to get a lot done, and avoid the extensive challenges that come with cold weather concreting. However, those exceptionally hot summer days can also affect the safety and durability of your structure if…

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6 Ways You Know to Test Concrete Strength and 1 You May Not Know

When choosing a method for concrete strength measurement and monitoring, it’s important for project managers to consider the impact each technique will have on their schedule. While some testing processes can be done directly onsite, others require extra time for third-party facilities to deliver strength data. Time is…

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Field-Cured vs. Standard-Cured Cylinders

How Curing Methods Affect Concrete Field PerformanceASTM C31 is the standard that defines two different concrete curing conditions, standard curing and field curing. It is the standard that dictates the procedures for making and curing test cylinders and can become a problem when an engineer or purchaser argues…

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Cut Down Your Project Schedule by Testing Concrete Strength Onsite

A lack of productivity onsite is one of the most frustrating issues facing the construction industry today. Think about the hours and hours you spend in a single day with no choice but to sit around and wait. Historically, this issue has been largely neglected in the industry…

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Concrete Temperature Monitoring in Mass Concrete

Why It’s Important and How It’s DoneIn recent years, the development of large concrete structures has become increasingly common due to its many structural benefits. Concrete presents a number of characteristics that improve the sustainability performance of a structure. Not only does it offer advantages regarding sustainability due…

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Curing Techniques for Improving the Compressive Strength of Concrete

What Is Concrete Curing?Concrete curing is the process of maintaining adequate moisture in concrete within a proper temperature range in order to aid cement hydration at early ages. Hydration is the chemical reaction between cement and water that results in the formation of various chemicals contributing to setting…

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Choosing the Right Concrete Maturity Logger for Your Jobsite

Properly testing your concrete and logging data is essential to your construction project! There are many methods and tools on the market that allow you to easily gather the important temperature and strength information that you need. Concrete maturity loggers have become increasingly popular over the last decade and there are many options available for your jobsite.  Get Your First SmartRock Concrete Sensor for…

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Giatec 360™: A Concrete Testing Reporting Software

Giatec 360 is the world’s most advanced web-based dashboard for controlling and predicting the quality of concrete pours. With this latest online concrete monitoring software, you are introduced to the next level in user management capabilities, reporting, and data analytics for your SmartRock® wireless sensors. Once you have…

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Concrete Setting: What it is, Why it’s Important and How to Test It

According to ASTM C125 – 20: Standard Terminology Relating to Concrete and Concrete Aggregates, concrete setting is “the process, due to chemical reactions, occurring after the addition of mixing water, that results in a gradual development of rigidity of a cementitious mixture.”   Get Your First SmartRock Concrete Sensor…

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Why You Should Be Monitoring Your Concrete’s Curing Temperatures

One of the most important facets of ensuring the integrity of your concrete structure is monitoring its temperature during the early stages of construction. This is especially true during extreme weather conditions when mixing and curing of concrete are subject to different environmental elements. Get Your First SmartRock…

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From Jobsites to the Cloud, the Paths Your Data Can Take

Wireless technology has been growing at an incredible rate, having a deeper presence in everyday life than ever before. From earbuds to refrigerators, it seems like everything is getting the wireless treatment these days to a point where you might ask, isn’t it a bit excessive? One of…

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Giatec Award for Best Paper

We are very excited to announce the launch of our annual research paper 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. The “Giatec Award for…

Analyzing Corrosion in Reinforced Concrete Structures

Reinforced concrete structures have shaped our cities for thousands of years, from historical buildings stretching as far back as the Romans to present day, such as the 3-storey parking garage adjacent to the mega shopping mall a few miles from your home. As individuals living in the 21st…

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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…

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Why Measure Concrete Resistivity?

Concrete is a porous material which contains microscopic voids known as pores. These pores range in size, vary in connectivity (pore structure) and can be added to the concrete via air-entraining admixtures. The water-to-cementitious material and type of cementitious materials used have a significant effect on the pore…

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