From Conferences to Construction Sites in the COVID-19 Times: How Prepared Are You?

COVID 19 and tradeshows

If you are in the concrete industry, conferences such as World of Concrete (WOC), ConExpo, and American Concrete Institute’s ACI Concrete Convention make for important dates in your calendar. They certainly are in ours.

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The lights and splendor of the Las Vegas WOC 2020 (held February 3-7) etched great memories of Giatec’s bustling booth, buzz around the customer and partner appreciation dinners, and talks with current and future distribution partners. But, we could see hints of what was to come even then and there. You may remember noticing several empty booths, seeing fewer visitors from Asia, and hearing that it was due to the novel coronavirus that reared its ugly head some weeks before.

WOC Giatec booth 2020
Then came ConExpo (held also in Las Vegas, March 10-14, 2020) just this past week, that saw touch-and-go changes to its programming that resulted in finishing a day early. Before the week was out, this year’s ACI Concrete Convention (scheduled to happen in Chicago, March 31 – April 2, 2020) was cancelled, as the Governor of Illinois issued a disaster proclamation due to the COVID-19 situation.

But, there was more bad news. The dreaded “R” word came in with a roar the same week. Recession is upon us.

You were looking forward to the spring and the busy construction season, and now this! Whether you are a developer or a general contractor, you will be looking into building your concrete jobs even more cost-effectively. If you can eliminate dependencies on the human factor, anticipating a shrinking workforce, and build faster at the same time, so much the better. And, if your concrete structures are built safer as a result, that would be icing on the cake. This is where Giatec comes in.

Build Concrete Structures Faster, Safer, and More Economically

Curing of concrete to achieve a desired concrete strength is one of the most important phases of concrete structure building. You may be familiar with several methods of monitoring and testing the concrete strength as it cures, but one – based on wireless temperature sensors – may be brand new to you. To find out more about it, go to the “6 Ways You Know to Test Concrete Strength and 1 You May Not Have Heard of” blog post.

SmartRock wireless concrete sensor Or, you may jump straight to learning more about how Giatec’s wireless concrete temperature sensors work from the “Monitoring Concrete Temperature with Wireless Sensors” blog post. What you’ll find out is that by using Giatec’s world-leading SmartRock wireless sensors, you will reduce reliance on the workers whose presence at job sites may be unpredictable in the times of a pandemic or during the recovery from a recession. Also, you will find that with using SmartRock, you will gain advances in your schedule. Both of these will bring you cost savings – very welcome in the uncertain times – making you better prepared to brave the storm.

This year will be one to remember. Make it so, not only because of the novel coronavirus, but also because you introduced wireless temperature sensors to your concrete projects, that brought with them significant cost and time savings.

Sources:
ACI Concrete Convention cancellation
6 Ways You Know to Test Concrete Strength and 1 You May Not Have Heard of
Monitoring Concrete Temperature with Wireless Sensors

One Response

  1. Thank you Dobrila for the this posting. I plan to use Giatec Wireless SmartRock sensors on an upcoming project. Accurately knowing in real time the early strength of Ultra High Performance Concrete is extremely important for rehabilitating bridge projects where every hour of delay has a big impact on traffic congestion and user inconvenience. Vic Perry, President/COO ceEntek North America.

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