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Remotely Monitor Your Concrete Structures in Cold Weather

During the winter months, when snow has taken over every inch of not only your driveway, but also your jobsite, it can be incredibly frustrating to carry on with regular construction operations. *For eligible new customers only Get a Free Trial Kit Free Sensor* Free Shipping No Strings…

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7 Common Mistakes to Avoid During Cold Weather Concreting

7 Mistakes to Avoid When Working With Concrete in Cold Weather Although contractors might wish they didn’t have to work in cold weather, construction doesn’t stop when temperatures drop. As temperatures fluctuate, concrete is subject to different curing conditions resulting in sporadic strength gain. Contractors must prepare long…

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The Limitations of the Concrete Maturity Method

As a company that develops and produces concrete testing equipment, we can’t stress how important it is to properly test concrete with reliable equipment. In the last decade, we’ve seen the arrival of real-time sensors that make it easier than ever to gather data and put it to…

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Why There is a Technology Revolution Happening in the Construction Industry

What is Driving the Technology Revolution? Merriam-Webster dictionary defines “revolutionize” as to change something radically or completely.    What would drive the revolution of the construction industry when the basic outcomes will remain the same?  Basic infrastructure needs have evolved, but have not dramatically changed.  The truth is, the…

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What is Post-Tensioning and How Does it Affect Concrete Strength?

Understanding Compressive Strength vs Tensile Strength   Ensuring your concrete is durable and stable isn’t just about achieving an acceptable level of compressive strength, which is the concrete’s ability to withstand loads that crush or squeeze it. You also need to consider its tensile strength, the concrete’s ability to…

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The Top 25 Concrete Influencers to Follow in 2020

As social media platforms continue to grow, it can be overwhelming to decide who to follow. That is why we created this list of our favorite concrete influencers, five from Twitter, five from Instagram, five from YouTube, and ten from LinkedIn. These users cover many different facets of…

How to Keep Your Concrete Knowledge Up to Date

The internet has an extraordinary amount of knowledge on any topic, including concrete and construction! At the same time, we know that not all of this knowledge is trustworthy. This is why we’ve created a list of our favorite resources that you can use to grow your concrete…

How To Assess Corrosion in Concrete with an NDT Method

Have you ever been driving over a bridge and wondered who is in charge of making sure it is safe? Or how they test for rust and corrosion? Or maybe you have some knowledge of testing methods for corrosion, but you still aren’t sure of the best way…

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Wood vs. Concrete: The Best Choice for Builders and GCs

Wood and concrete have been used in construction for thousands of years and for good reason. Both materials have properties that make them appealing building materials. In this blog, we will tackle the age-old debate between wood and concrete. But before we dive headfirst into this heated debate,…

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Detect the Rate of Corrosion in Reinforced Concrete Structures in Seconds

Corrosion is a natural process that begins when the steel rebar within reinforced concrete starts to rust. According to ACI, “corrosion occurs when the protective layer in concrete steel reinforcement is destroyed. Steel in concrete is usually protected against corrosion by the high pH of the surrounding portland-cement…

What is the Concrete Maturity Curve and Why Does it Matter?

Concrete has numerous properties that can be studied and recorded, but its compressive strength has generally been the center of attention. Indeed, in most projects, structures will use mix designs with the main focus being to reach a certain compressive strength as well as flowability and air content…

The Concrete Cube Test Explained

Concrete testing methods differ from place to place and each country has their own specifications that must be followed. While engineers and project managers in America adhere to the American Standard Testing Method (ASTM) C39 / C39M , Standard Test Method for Compressive Strength of Cylindrical Concrete Specimens,…

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10 Important Things to be Considered in Concrete Maturity Calibration

Make the Most of the Concrete Maturity Method with These Calibration Tips One of our favorite subjects to write about is concrete maturity. One of—if not the—most important part of using concrete maturity onsite, is the calibration process. *For eligible new customers only Get a Free Trial Kit…

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Take Thermal Control of Your Concrete with SmartRock

Mass concrete pours are becoming more and more present in the construction industry. As our ambition grows, the size of our concrete structures grow with it. Massive pours have their specific set of challenges that must be anticipated and prepared for, including the thermal cracking of structures. In…

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Comparative Analysis and Strength Estimation of Fresh Concrete

Giatec would like to recognize Najeebullah Tareen, Junkyeong Kim, Won-Kyu Kim, and Seunghee Park of Sungkyunkwan University for their incredible research regarding the strength estimation of fresh concrete based on ultrasonic wave propagation and maturity. In their academic research, they used SmartRock® sensors to access data regarding the…

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