Why Project Managers Value SmartRock® Plus Concrete Sensors

SmartRock® Plus is the next level in online concrete monitoring and branded concrete mix design, helping ready-mix producers differentiate their company, and mixes, within their local markets. However, this service doesn’t just help producers, it also helps contractors and field personnel eliminate the need for field-cured break tests, and saving valuable time in their schedules with using pre-calibrated mixes.

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When SmartRock Plus partners prepare a mix design, they pre-calibrate their mixes with SmartRock wireless sensors using cylinder break tests. Once this data has been collected, it is uploaded to the cloud interface where it can be accessed by the contractor onsite via the SmartRock Plus mobile app. By purchasing SmartRock Plus from these ready-mix producers, contractors have the potential to select suitable mixes designed for their specific project specifications and timeline. This is especially useful when working on high-rise projects, post-tensioned concrete, fast-track pavement repairs, and industrial projects. SmartRock Plus is highly valued by project managers for its ability to control onsite schedules, utilize labor efficiently and save money.

Controlling Your Project Schedule

With the use of SmartRock Plus, project managers don’t have to worry about testing the strength of their in-situ concrete with cylinder break tests. The elimination of this also saves money. The whole process can get very expensive very quickly when accounting for all the costs between having a technician onsite, transporting expenses, breaking cylinders, collecting/managing the data, as well as equipment and supplies.

With SmartRock sensors placed on the rebar allowing mobile access to strength data this no longer requires third-party testing labs to be hired and collect specimen. This saves significant time and gives contractors more control of their schedules, allowing for more knowledge regarding when additional operations can be implemented, such as formwork removal. Additionally, ready-mix producers tag and install SmartRock sensors onsite themselves and set them up in the mobile app making it easy for team members to collect real-time data every 15 minutes. This means that temperature and strength data is always available to download and share via the Giatec 360 platform with engineers, architects, and QC inspectors. The use of SmartRock Plus testing technology within the construction industry has minimized the barriers to data collection and analysis allowing a much more efficient and convenient method for project managers.

Save Money on Heating Costs

Contractors must plan in cold temperatures to ensure that their in-situ concrete doesn’t freeze and is consistently gaining strength. Therefore, there is a need for the use of traditional methods of heat retention, such as heating blankets. However, with SmartRock Plus, contractors are consistently receiving data on their mobile devices with the exact temperature of their concrete in real-time. This provides workers the ability to control the temperature of their concrete and know more precisely when more heat needs to be added or taken away. This is beneficial because it allows workers to make quick and decisive decisions, speeding up their project schedule and avoiding any extra labor or material costs that might’ve been needed.

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Quality Control and Quality Assurance

The SmartRock mobile app provides detailed reports outlining an extensive understanding regarding the strength development of your concrete. This not only prevents potential accidents from occurring but allows project managers to be confident in the quality of their concrete structure.  Without proper quality control, you run the risk of overseeing potential problems which could require costly repairs and become safety hazards in the future. This includes cracking, delaminations, and the impact of external temperature extremes. Reliability in the quality of your concrete structure could also reduce future claims. Therefore, with SmartRock Plus, contractors can finish their project schedules with the assurance that their structure is sound.

SmartRock allows project managers to have the confidence to be flexible on schedules and timelines while also having the ability to provide the best of quality and efficiency towards your project.  

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**Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on December 12, 2018, and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness. 


One Response

  1. It’s good to know that ready mix concrete will be pre-calibrated for the strength that you need. My brother would like to get some construction work done in his backyard, but he doesn’t want to worry about mixing the concrete on his own. I’ll pass this information along to him so that he can look further into his options for getting some ready mix concrete.

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