In general, builders, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, and testing firms who need to quickly evaluate when in-place concrete reaches a desired strength can use the maturity method. Owners, engineers, and architects will often specify maturity as an option or requirement in project specifications to increase revenue, safety, and competitiveness.
When using the maturity method, construction teams can estimate real-time strength gain of in-place concrete on the job site. There’s no need to waste valuable construction time waiting for the strength of standard test specimens to catch up to the in-place concrete.
Without maturity monitoring, in-place concrete strength is estimated by performing compressive cylinder tests in a laboratory. Relying solely on lab tests requires several specimens and can waste valuable time if a project’s in-place concrete reaches sufficient strength before standard test intervals. In the construction business, time is money.
To save time and money on a project, the construction team monitors maturity to quickly determine when concrete has reached its required strength.
Key Maturity Benefits
- Concrete strength can be evaluated in real-time.
- Less time is spent waiting for test specimens to catch up to concrete strength.
- The number of test specimens required for QC and potentially QA will decrease.
- Tendons may be stressed, forms and shores may be stripped and removed, and loads may be applied sooner than otherwise anticipated.
- Expedited schedules may result in bonuses.
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