Concrete Floors, Pits, Pads, etc
Concrete is no longer a simple mixture of rock, sand, cement and water, but is a complex and sophisticated chemical material that can take on many forms due to value-added opportunities. The sector’s acceptance of the value-added opportunities around concrete, such as the addition of fiber, waterproofing admixtures, self-consolidating concrete (SCC) and color, is an innovative and necessary step forward and has been reasonably documented to date. Continuing to embrace these value-added solutions will enhance the construction of buildings and provide architects and builders with increased options. The options and opportunities for using innovative concrete materials and processes are growing each year. Today, the American Concrete Institute (ACI) and Construction Specifications Canada (CSC) are playing a major role in raising awareness of the emerging opportunities in the concrete industry. Both groups offer speakers and seminars on a wide range of concrete related systems and innovative products. At an international level, ACI provides papers on emerging technology and case studies regarding the implementation of these systems. Early adopters can learn a lot from the tools that are available and gain a competitive edge from both an economic and sustainability point of view. For example, at the next ACI convention, which is being held in Tampa Bay, Florida in early April, there will be a variety of presentations highlighting new innovations in concrete.
Savvy builders are saving time and money and reaping the benefits of long-term performance for projects such as the Vancouver international airport, by using a combination of SCC, waterproofing admixture and fiber to build an underground tunnel. New and emerging technologies may also be the next addition to future projects. It may not be too long before innovations such as “transparent cement panels” find their way in to the common specification. By bonding special resins into a new mix, it is now possible to manufacture solid, insulated, light-transmitting construction panels. Buildings made of this “transparent cement” could save owners electricity otherwise required for daytime lighting.
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