Roxi, the First Artificial Intelligence Program for Concrete Testing, Helps Reduce Cement Usage on Jobsites
OTTAWA, Canada: Giatec, world leader in concrete testing technologies, has announced that their SmartRock® artificial intelligence program, Roxi™, has been recognized by the IEEE Ottawa Section as the winner of their 2020 Outstanding Clean Technology Company Recognition Award for its ability to “reduce cement usage and cut CO2 emissions”.
Roxi was the first AI program created for concrete testing, built for Giatec’s award-winning SmartRock wireless concrete sensors. In addition to many other features, the program can analyze and suggest the amount of cement concrete producers need to include in their mixes during the design stage without compromising the concrete’s setting time or strength development. With less cement needed, this feature helps decrease the cost of concrete mixtures and improve profitability for producers. As a result, CO2 emissions resulting from the manufacturing of concrete also decrease.
The IEEE Ottawa Section belongs to Region 7 of the IEEE that is better known as IEEE Canada. The Ottawa Section represents more than 2,000 individual members and serves to promote local events significant to Electrical, Computing, and Software Engineering. IEEE’s Ottawa Section held their awards during their Annual General Meeting on January 7th, 2021. Winners were selected based on input from the IEEE membership, and the wider engineering, industry, and academia community in the Ottawa region.
SmartRock has been used in over 6,200 construction projects across 45 countries, giving Roxi access to millions of data points to analyze. As the first truly wireless sensor introduced to the market in 2015, SmartRock is the leading concrete maturity sensor for accurate monitoring of concrete curing and hardening. Unlike time-consuming and error-prone break tests, or cumbersome wired sensors, Giatec’s patented maturity sensor uses a highly accurate ASTM-approved testing method. Together with the Giatec 360™ platform and SmartHub™ remote monitoring device, this has enabled faster, safer, and more economical concrete construction.
Giatec received funding of $2.4 million from SDTC to help with the training, research, and development of Roxi. This is part of a $58.6 million investment SDTC made in Canadian clean technology companies to help bring clean technologies to market.
Funding of $800,000 was also received from the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP) to support the research and development of AI applications for predictive concrete analysis.
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. (IEEE) is a non-profit, technical professional association of more than 385,000 worldwide. The IEEE acronym is most popularly pronounced I triple E. Through its members, the IEEE is a leading authority in technical areas ranging from computer engineering, biomedical technology and telecommunications, to electric power, aerospace and consumer electronics, among others. Through its technical publishing, conferences and consensus-based standards activities, the IEEE produces 30 percent of the world’s published literature in electrical engineering, computers and control technology, holds annually more than 300 major conferences and has nearly 900 active standards with 700 under development.
Giatec Scientific Inc. is a global company revolutionizing the construction industry by bringing smart testing technologies and real-time data collection to the forefront of every jobsite. Giatec’s suite of hardware & software products has leveraged advanced technologies such as; Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Internet of Things (IoT), including; wireless concrete sensors, mobile apps, and advanced non-destructive technologies (NDT) to drive innovation throughout concrete’s lifecycle. For more information visit www.giatec.ca.