Exploring Chile’s New NCH170 Standard for Concrete With a Focus on Maturity
This past Wednesday, July 11, DECON UC and the Asociación de Constructores Civiles UC organized a seminar explaining how to effectively apply the new NCh170 standard for concrete.
The goal of the event was to educate construction project managers, general contractors, quality control inspectors, and field professionals on implementing the 2016 version of the standard at jobsites as well as to introduce them to the latest in concrete testing technologies, including the newly accepted maturity method for early-age strength estimation of concrete.
Using the Maturity Method to Make Construction More Efficient and Sustainable
The Chilean government, educational institutions, and CORFO are committed to reducing the cost of construction by 20% and to reducing carbon emissions (CO2eq) by 30% by the year 2025. The realization of both of these goals is now more possible than ever with the implementation of the maturity method in construction projects.
Rodney Bellido de Luna, Business Manager of BDL Group and official Chilean distributor of Giatec's SmartRock2™ wireless maturity meters, was one of the speakers at the event, along with other construction industry experts like María Soledad Gómez Head Of the I+D from the Escuela de Construcción Civil UC; Sergio Müller Sepúlveda, CTO of Grupo Polpaico S.A.; and M. Carolina García, President of the UC Construction Association Professionals.
In his speech, Rodney highlighted successful examples of customers who, in using SmartRock2 sensors according to the new NCh170 standard, were able to reduce direct and indirect project costs and thereby increase productivity, while at the same time, reducing the generation of concrete waste by eliminating the breakage of concrete specimens for quality control. This goes a long way in reducing the generation of carbon emissions (CO2eq) by eliminating the use of electricity, staff, laboratory facilities, and transport of samples.
Continuing Education on Engineering and Innovation in Civil Works
Continuing on this theme, the Department of Civil Works Engineering (Departamento de Ingenieria en obras civiles) at the University of Santiago de Chile is organizing workshops in August 2018 to educate civil engineers on current innovative technologies that can be used to bring accuracy and efficiency to construction projects. See full program schedule.
Last but not least, BDL will be, once again, showcasing the SmartRock2 concrete maturity sensor and presenting examples of its use in the field at the ExpoHormigo2018 in October.
Giatec couldn't be more excited that these types of events, which are driving the construction industry forward, are happening in the international civil-engineering community, and we're beyond proud that our close friends at BDL Group are an integral part of this.