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Revolutionizing Construction with Smart Precision: Utilizing Concrete Sensors in Modern Construction

Leveraging the power of real-time monitoring, efficiency, and sustainability in construction projects.

A overhead picture of a job site using Latium's concrete sensors

Project managers know that every concrete pour plan requires strict precision and handling in order to minimize potential costly rework and timeline delays. In the dynamic construction scope, where timelines and budgets are tight, the ability to seamlessly integrate concrete sensors into the process becomes not just a preference but a crucial necessity. This need for accuracy has encouraged the integration of cutting-edge solutions, such as concrete sensors, into construction workflows.

Concrete sensors play a pivotal role in monitoring and optimizing the curing and setting processes of concrete. These devices provide real-time data through Job Site Insights® on factors like temperature, humidity, and strength development, allowing project managers to make informed decisions and adjustment. This level of insight enables proactive measures to prevent potential issues, ultimately minimizing the risk of rework and delays.

That's how one of our client's was able to achieve a cost savings of approximately $42,000, and reduce labour costs that effectively improve the overall job site efficiency. This project involved the expansion of a bridge by adding another section into an existing structure. The scale of the concrete work taking place required that the project team develop multiple mass concrete pour plans. The goal was to ensure the concrete temperature didn't exceed 70 degrees Celsius (158 degrees Fahrenheit) at any time and maintain a temperature differential of no more than 20 degrees Celsius (68 degrees Fahrenheit) between the core and the surface during curing. Typically, this involved manually monitoring temperatures using embedded thermocouples in the concrete over a seven-day period, increasing the amount of labour needed and time deficiency.

That's where our team at Latium helped integrate our concrete sensors. These sensors were pivotal during the Adiabatic testing phase as it not only ensured constant temperature vigilance during curing, but also facilitated data sharing with external engineers for a comprehensive mass pour plan. Traditionally, using thermocouples would provide a range of numbers, but leveraging our concrete sensors offered precise temperature readings and a temperature trend analysis. As a result, the use of concrete sensors eliminated the need for personnel to monitor the concrete every three hours over a seven-day cure period, while also minimizing the potential of inaccurate data. In the construction phase, concrete and air temperature sensors were strategically placed in critical areas like abutment footings, abutment stems, wing walls, and hoardings. This enabled precise temperature monitoring and optimization of ambient air temperature through strategically placed heaters and air movers.

By integrating our concrete sensors and temperature sensors, our partner gained the following advantages:

1. Enhanced Operational Efficiency

The concrete sensors and temperature sensors with real-time monitoring helped optimized the heating plan and confirmed the elimination of cooling lines in the concrete pour, improving efficiency and enabling the team to proactively manage temp erature changes and alerts.

A concrete pour and curing process.

2. Optimized Staffing

Real-time data and alerts from sensor-based monitoring reduce the need for an around-the-clock workforce, making crew management more efficient and optimizing labour costs.

workers on a job site participating in a concrete and curing process.

3. Increased Durability

Precise temperature monitoring during curing contributed to the long-term durability of the bridge. This reduced the likelihood of future maintenance or repair costs, adding to the project's overall value.

A construction site showing its durability

4. Improved Temperature Monitoring

Advanced sensors provide precise, real-time temperature data during concrete curing, aiding decision-making, trend analysis, and early issue detection for improved project results.

A project manager looking at real-time data provide by Job Site Insights.

To see various other use cases on how our cutting-edge technology assists our partners in reducing costs, enhancing safety, and improving overall job site efficiency, take a look at our Sensors by Project or contact us for more information or inquiries.

Latium Technologies

Julius Caturas

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