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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. Request a Virtual Demo of our…

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

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 what the atmospheric weather is today, or as an in-built mechanism within your refrigerators…

The Importance of Monitoring Temperature Differentials in Mass Concrete

Request a Virtual Demo of our SmartRock Wireless Sensor Request a Demo 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…

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

Schmidt Hammer (or 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…

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Where to Buy the Best Concrete Thermometers

You have arrived at this blog post because you are 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 for curing we have come across, let’s go over a few essential questions. Learn in this blog…

An Essential Guide to Concrete Formwork Removal

Before we delve into the process of its removal, it is essential to understand what “formwork” means in the concrete sphere. As described by Hunker, formwork that is set prior to pouring concrete “serves as a frame for the shape of the concrete, holding the poured material in place as it cures”.   Request a Virtual Demo…

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Monitoring the Concrete Pavement Strength of Open Roads With the Maturity Method

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. Even before groundwork can be begin, the planning stages of some roadways require months of soil analysis by engineers. Public consultation can…

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Pouring Concrete in Winter vs. Summer: What is 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. We are not always lucky enough to experience perfect conditions for concrete pouring and curing. If the temperature is…

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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 Field Strength and 1 You May Not Know

When choosing a method for concrete strength measurement and concrete field strength monitoring, it is important for project managers to consider the impact that each technique will have on their schedule. While some testing processes can be done directly onsite, others require extra time for concrete testing lab…

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Field-Cured vs. Standard-Cured Cylinders: How They Affect Concrete Performance

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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How to Monitor Temperature Using a Sensor or Thermocouple for Mass Concrete

In 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 to its low carbon emission during…

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Curing Techniques for Improving the Compressive Strength of Concrete

As we build concrete structures, it is important to know the ability they have to withstand compressive loading and to find ways to improve it. Therefore, this blog will delve into the advantages of three practical curing techniques to enhance the compressive strength of concrete. Request a Virtual…

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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.  Request a Virtual Demo of our SmartRock…

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Giatec 360™: An Online Concrete Monitoring Software for Testing Reporting

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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