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Can New Sensors Help Build Strong Concrete Foundation?

Construction Tech Review | Monday, May 25, 2020

Some strong and mature sensors have been introduced in the construction industry, which can monitor everything about a material even buried deep in concrete. Amazing, isn’t it?

FREMONT, CA: It is well-known that the construction industry is very slow in adopting new innovations as compared to the other industries. Recently, some sensors were developed by AOMS Technologies, Toronto, Canada, for capturing data. These sensors can transfer wirelessly, even while buried in the concrete in real-time through MultiTech Conduit. Today, elements like the concrete’s strength, structure, evaporation rate, relative humidity all need constant tracking and monitoring for making it correct.

The latest approach uses embedded sensors that consistently monitors the crucial parameters and sends the data through wireless technology to phones and tablets used by the construction teams. The recent advancements in IoT have made the availability of these in-situ monitors possible. The latest remote sensors that operate in wireless environments are capable of capturing all concrete curing data remotely, including off-site.

Even while buried in the concrete, these sensors can transmit wirelessly. For instance, AOMS LumiCon includes sensor hardware, cloud connectivity, and analytical software functioning to convert relative humidity data and temperature into information like concrete’s strength and maturity. Data gets synchronized to the cloud in real-time and later can be accessed via a safe connection on any device with internet access. A significant characteristic is supervising of temperature differential in giant concrete slabs utilizing distributed and multi-point sensors. The hardware of AOMS is recoverable and can be utilized for various tasks.

There is a requirement of a low-power wireless gateway for the embedded sensor, which is quick to deploy and simple to manage. Every Conduit has the capability of handling thousands of LoRaWAN-compliant devices, which includes MultiTech Dot Modules and other smart sensors and transfers their data over any cellular network.

To conclude, the major considerations of these sensors are ease of use, data’s recoverability, and reusability, ability to allocate data even being off-site, and operation where rain and large temperature swing are factors. In addition to this, undisrupted data flow, specifically when a huge number of sensors transmit to one gateway, was important.

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