Temperature Monitoring

Seamlessly monitor the temperature with precision in any weather condition using SmartRock® and Giatec 360™

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Precisely Monitor Concrete
Temperature

Gain insights into real-time concrete temperature and fluctuations during the curing process under any weather conditions.

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Safety and Convenience of Wireless Sensors

Eliminates the need for manual data collection, reducing labor costs and increasing safety by minimizing the need for personnel to be on site.

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Real-Time Alerts with Remote Monitoring

Get instant notifications on the SmartRock App and Giatec 360 to enhance your projects enabling proactive decision making anytime, anywhere.

Concrete temperature monitoring is crucial in construction projects as it directly influences the quality, strength, and durability of the final structure. Maintaining the appropriate temperature throughout the curing process is essential for properly hydrating the concrete and ensuring optimal strength development. Cold weather conditions slow down the hydration process, leading to weaker concrete. Excessive heat accelerates the evaporation of water, potentially causing surface cracks. Maintaining the appropriate temperature and humidity level facilitates optimal hydration, allowing the concrete to achieve its intended strength and durability.

SmartRock helps to monitor concrete temperatures in real-time, ensuring that curing conditions remain within the ideal range for high-quality construction. Receive instant alerts on your mobile app if the concrete temperature exceeds or falls below preset limits, which streamlines operations and saves valuable time.
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Hot Weather Concreting

Hot weather concreting poses unique challenges, particularly when temperatures exceed 90°F (32°C). At these temperatures, the hydration process accelerates, leading to quicker setting times. This rapid hydration can result in issues such as decreased workability, increased risk of cracking, and compromised long-term strength and durability. Accurate real-time monitoring with SmartRock sensors helps manage the concrete temperature. Diligent curing practices help ensure adequate moisture retention and temperature control, safeguarding the concrete’s structural integrity and performance.

If the concrete temperature is too low, the hydration of the cement can significantly slow down or completely stop until the temperature increases again. In other words, there will be a significant reduction or even an end to the strength development. Under low temperatures, if the concrete freezes before reaching a certain strength (3.5 MPa/500 psi), it will have a reduced overall strength. This will also cause cracking as the concrete does not have sufficient strength to resist freezing and thawing cycles. To ensure proper strength development and avoid cracking of the concrete, ACI 306 general guidelines suggest that concrete temperature must be maintained higher than a certain temperature for a specific amount of time (40°F or 5°C for 48 hours).

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Applications

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High Rise

For high-rise projects, concrete temperature monitoring is essential to ensure proper curing, strength development, and prevention of thermal cracking.

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Post-Tensioning

Accurate concrete temperature measurement is vital for all post-tensioning projects to avoid premature tension, structural cracks, and blowouts.

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Paving

Extend the pavement's service life, achieving desired concrete strength. Reduce the likelihood of premature failures and ensure quality, durability, and sustainability.

Podcasts for Temperature Monitoring

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Important Considerations of Cold-Weather Concreting

Cold weather concreting presents a range of challenges for contractors, particularly when working in very low-temperature environments. One of the primary challenges is the effect of temperature on the concrete’s setting and curing process. As temperatures drop, the hydration process of concrete slows down significantly. This delayed setting and strength gain can lead to construction delays, impacting project schedules and budgets. Engineers must carefully monitor and manage the concrete’s temperature during the placement and curing phases. This ensures the concrete achieves the desired strength and durability. Here are a few important considerations when we are preparing concrete in cold weather.How temperature monitoring is right for your cold-weather projects!Another significant challenge is the potential for freezing temperatures. If concrete is subjected to freezing conditions before it gains sufficient strength, it can lead to severe damage. Freeze-thaw cycles can cause internal cracking and spalling, compromising the integrity of the structure. One can apply several important measures to protect freshly placed concrete from freezing. They can include the use of insulating blankets or the application of external heat sources to maintain the desired temperature. This necessitates careful planning and coordination to ensure the success of the cold weather concreting process.Additionally, cold weather conditions…

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Hot Weather Concreting

Why Is It Important to Cool Concrete in the Summer?

Summer is a busy time for the construction industry. The warm months present a chance to get a lot done, and avoid the extensive challenges that come with cold weather concreting. However, hot weather concreting can also affect the safety and durability of your structure if you do not take measures for concrete cooling in summer. Since the temperature of your in-situ concrete during hot weather directly affects its strength development, here we share five tips that will help you these summer months.Why Is Concrete Cooling in Summer Important? ACI defines hot weather concreting as “one or a combination of the following conditions that tends to impair the quality of freshly mixed or hardened concrete by accelerating the rate of moisture loss and rate of cement hydration, or otherwise causing detrimental results: high ambient temperature; high concrete temperature; low relative humidity; and high wind speed.”When hot weather concreting, there may be serious consequences that can be irreparable under drastic temperatures. Your structure can lose durability if the temperature during hydration is too high due to an early peak in strength gain. One risk you may encounter during hot weather concreting is concrete shrinkage. Shrinkage may be defined as “the reduction of concrete volume due to…

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Pouring Concrete in Winter vs. Summer: What is The Difference?

Pouring Concrete in Summer and Winter: What Is The Difference?

One of the most important aspects of concrete strength development and ensuring the integrity of a completed structure is the temperature of the concrete pours during the early stages of construction. We are not always lucky enough to experience perfect conditions for concrete pouring and curing. If the temperature is consistently 60°F  (15°C ), it’s likely that you won’t run into trouble, but what happens when you’re faced with more extreme weather conditions? In this blog, we will delve into what is needed when pouring concrete in winter and pouring concrete in summer, as well as the importance of monitoring temperature.Pouring Concrete in Winter  According to ACI 306: Guide to Cold Weather Concreting, “cold weather” is defined as three or more consecutive days of low temperatures, specifically outdoor temperatures below 40°F (4°C) and air temperature below 50°F (10°C) for more than any 12-hour period.  The water present in concrete causes it to harden through a chemical process called hydration. During this process, the chemicals in the concrete react with water to bind the mixture together. The problem with cold weather is that it slows down this process or stops it completely, negatively impacting the strength gain of the concrete.  Furthermore, it’s critical for concrete to set before being exposed to freezing temperatures. If fresh concrete is exposed…

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