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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…

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 /…

Construction worker installs concrete sensor on rebar

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…

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…

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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…

What is lightweight concrete?

The Lighter Side of Concrete

In 1971, the One Shell Plaza pierced the Texas skyline, breaking the city record for the tallest building. This 52-storey building broke another record as the world’s tallest building made of lightweight concrete. Today, this record…

Red Car Stuck in Pothole

Potholes—An Expensive and Recurring Problem for Cities

Potholes are a huge problem all over North America, but nowhere are the detrimental effects more evident than in Canada’s capital, Ottawa. According to CTV News, the city experienced over 40 freeze-thaw cycles during the 2018-2019…

corroding bridge

Prevent Corrosion with Concrete Repair

The strenuous job of planning a reinforced concrete structure doesn’t end after your project is complete. Concrete structures can be exposed to elements like salt water, CO2 and chloride, which can penetrate the concrete all the…

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…

Construction worker pouring concrete

The Importance of Cooling Concrete Temperatures

The concrete curing process, which contains five phases, is designed to maintain appropriate moisture content and temperature levels in early-age concrete so it can reach its specific mix strength. Why is achieving the right amount of…

Construction workers collecting concrete temperature strength data after pouring.

The Ins-and-Outs of Early-Age Strength of Concrete

One thing we are sure you know at this point is that concrete is one of the most widespread building materials in the world. By now you should be no stranger to concrete testing and the…

Texture Crack Concrete

The Importance of Concrete Temperature Gradients

Minimizing the risk of cracking is critical for maintaining the structural integrity and increasing the service life of a concrete structure. This is an important consideration in all construction projects, but it’s especially critical in those…

Construction Workers

Concrete Testing Equipment for Your Thermal Control Plan

One of the most crucial steps after a concrete pour is to consistently track the temperature.  By monitoring the temperature, you will be able to create an optimal curing environment, which will improve the overall strength of your concrete. Maintaining temperatures according…

Old Concrete Bridge at Sunset

An Analysis of Modern Bridge Inspection Technologies

Damaged and deteriorating bridges are a major concern when it comes to transportation infrastructures. According to the ARTBA Bridge Report, “1 in 3 U.S. bridges need repair or replacement” and there are over 46,100 that are…

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