August, 2022

How automated measuring of concrete strength significantly speeds up the concreting phase and improves construction

Measuring the strength of concrete is a fundamental task that must be performed in virtually every construction project. For a construction project to progress on schedule and safely, these measurements must be carried out frequently and accurately. However, although several methods are used to measure the strength of concrete, the vast majority of these methods (Wireless Maturity Sensors, Compression Test On Concrete Cores) are often time-consuming, inefficient, and at risk of human error. Due to the fact they rely on workers to perform the task and require the manual input of data. As a shortage of labour is an endemic issue in the construction industry, and human error can jeopardise not only safety but also hinder the construction progress, these methods are not particularly effective or appealing for construction companies. Indeed, estimates indicate that up to about 30% of construction cost is lost to inefficiencies, mistakes, delays, and poor communications. Clearly demonstrating the need for robust automated systems.

ObraLink provides a much-needed solution to these issues that can arise using other methods for measuring concrete strength. ObraLink uses a powerful and robust algorithm combined with thermal cameras for measuring concrete strength and automatic detection of the construction progress. All of this is entirely automated and does not require the manual input of data. As a result of this automation, the duration of the concreting phase is decreased considerably, typically 1-3 days per floor. Furthermore, the fact that this process is automated reduces the risks of error, facilitates proper and timely corrective actions, and prevents deviations in terms of costs and scheduling. Research has shown that accurate and timely information on the progress regularly is needed for efficient project control that will ensure the cost and time efficiency of the project. Hence, efficient on-site data collection, timely data analysis and communication of the results in an easy-to-use way are highly desirable for construction companies. As the concreting phase is one of the most essential and costly parts of a construction project, having this process entirely automated is hugely beneficial for any construction company.

In summary, despite recent advances in technologies and equipment for automated progress monitoring, the vast majority of construction companies worldwide do not utilise them for their projects. However, for a construction project to be completed successfully within time, cost, scope, and quality while maintaining a safe work environment, a high level of project control is crucial, and automation is the best and most economical way of doing this. ObraLink is the first and only service that provides complete automation of the entire concreting phase from formwork to reinforcement. Therefore, offering a unique and effective system that will improve construction project quality while also reducing the construction time of each floor, shorter construction time means fewer costs.

About the Author:

David Wright is Head of Sales at Obralink and regular writes content for their English Language blog. He has an academic background having studied Applied Linguistics (MA) at UCL along with his experience in copy writing and sales.

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