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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…

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. Get Your First SmartRock Concrete Sensor for FREE Free Demo Kit Today, this record has…

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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 winter, which created tens of thousands of potholes that need to be…

Testing the Quality and Durability of Concrete in Seconds with Surf™

As the demand for new concrete structures continues to increase, contractors need better and more efficient ways to test the quality and durability of concrete. For this purpose, several techniques have been developed and studied. One of those is Rapid Chloride Permeability Test (RCPT), which measures the concrete’s…

Q&A with: Norman Lauzon

Q&A: Norman Lauzon Explains how Concrete Maturity Sensors are Changing the Jobsite

Norman Lauzon is the Senior Project Manager at Ledcor, a successful and diversified construction company that partners with projects across North America. Norman has more than seventeen years of experience in the construction industry and has managed the development of hospitals, airports, light rail transit, and a variety…

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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 way to the steel reinforcement, resulting in corrosion. If corrosion is not…

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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 moisture so important during this process? Because hydration tends to dry out…

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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 common challenges it poses on construction sites. In order to assure the…

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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 that require the use of mass concrete, such as bridges, buildings, structural…

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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 to ACI 301-16  standards is also critical for the success of the…

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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 considered to be structurally deficient. Each year millions of dollars are spent…

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What Is the Half-Cell Potential Test?

Corrosion is a natural process that occurs when a structure is exposed to elements like CO2 or chloride, which can penetrate the concrete all the way to the steel reinforcement. This can have serious durability and safety consequences, which is why it is important to monitor corrosion using…

5 AI Solutions Disrupting the Construction Industry in 2020

Artificial intelligence (AI) is widely used to solve problems in industries like finance and healthcare, however, the construction industry has generally had a slower rate for adopting such new technologies. This prompted Giatec to launch Roxi™, the world’s first AI program for concrete testing. While Roxi can revolutionize the concrete…

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Common Challenges When Measuring Concrete Temperature on Construction Sites

Monitoring Concrete Temperature On-Site According to ASTMControlling the temperature of concrete on construction sites poses many challenges. Not only is it critical to keep track of your concrete’s temperature differential in order to ensure the optimal quality of concrete, but improper temperature measurement can lead to failed structures…

Relationship Between Concrete Curing, Concrete Temperature, and Concrete Strength

Although concrete curing, concrete temperature, and concrete strength are three different things with three different meanings, they are not independent of one another. There is a close-knit relationship between these aspects of concrete curing and each facet plays a significant role in the overall strength and integrity of…

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Concrete Maturity Method: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is Concrete Maturity?Concrete maturity is a non-destructive approach that allows the estimation of the strength of in-place concrete. The method uses the temperature history of the concrete during the curing phases to estimate strength development. Get Your First SmartRock Concrete Sensor for FREE Free Demo Kit This…

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Maturity vs. Pull-Out: Which Concrete Testing Method Should You Choose?

When it comes to testing compressive concrete strength, there are several methods to choose from. Field-cured cylinder testing is the most common method utilized for monitoring concrete strength on construction sites. For the most part, it has remained unchanged since its introduction in the early 19th century. However,…

Comparing the Concrete Temperature at its core and its surface for a typical pour

Using Maturity to Increase Allowable Concrete Temperature Gradients

With the evolution of the construction industry, we are building structures bigger than ever before. These massive structures are mostly made of concrete and often represent a challenge for many reasons. One of the main problems encountered is the concrete temperature difference between the core and the surface…

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