A Ready-Mix Solution – SmartRock™ Plus
Angelle Materials, one of the premier suppliers of concrete in the Baton Rouge area, recommended SmartRock Plus as a way for Labarre to monitor concrete temperature and strength data in real time. “Angelle brought in a sample core with a sensor embedded and started talking to us about how we would be able to go up to steel a lot quicker,” says Rachel Brown, Architect and Design Optimization Manager for Labarre. “We weren’t sure how it was going to pan out, but it really intrigued us,” she says.
Real-time data means faster decision making
SmartRock Plus is fast becoming the preferred technology by ready-mix producers and contractors alike across North America. With SmartRock Plus, contractors install wireless sensors to the rebar, and immediately monitor temperature and strength data on any iOS or Android app. Real-time data allows major construction projects to move forward more rapidly – often saving weeks and shaving thousands of dollars from construction costs. “Accelerating our schedule would depend on what the sensors say, but we wouldn’t have to wait for the results of 28-day cylinder breaks from our testing agency,” says Brown. “Once we hit 4,000 PSI we could go up with steel,” she adds.
SmartRock Plus revealed that the specified 4,000 PSI took 10-days. “We were able to get columns up 2-weeks after the first section of slab went in and could park on concrete pavement 7-days after the pour,” says Brown. The ability to park on concrete also helped with keeping the site clean because Labarre didn’t have to spend time washing tires every day to keep debris off the roadway.
From 28-days to 2-weeks
Relying on wireless sensor data effectively meant that Labarre could start on the main structure of the building early.
“With SmartRock Plus, we moved to steel in half the time,” Brown said. “Rather than waiting 28 days for results from our testing agency, we knew we were good to go in two weeks.”
Although Angelle Materials confidently recommended SmartRock Plus, even owner and Sales Manager Allan Sanchez was impressed.
"In my 39 years in the concrete industry, I have not seen anything like it,” Sanchez said. “The technology is remarkable, incredibly accurate, easy to use, and cost-effective. In return, this adds value and cost savings to our customers.”
“I never thought I would see the day that we could offer this kind of technology to anyone using our product. Angelle Materials and Concrete is proud to be the sole licensed supplier of ‘SmartRock Plus’ for our customers in the Baton Rouge area.