Monitor Concrete Temperature

COMMAND Center measures and records internal concrete temperatures as required by specifications for thermal control plans, hot and cold weather concreting, and mass placements.

COMMAND Center Sensors automatically collect concrete temperatures at regular intervals during curing. Construction teams use COMMAND Center to ensure concrete temperatures stay within an acceptable range—using less manpower than standard construction!

COMMAND Center Sensors arrive preconfigured to automatically track and record temperatures. No initialization is required, so construction teams don’t even need to connect to the sensor during placement. Simply secure the sensors in place, pour the concrete over them, and use any compatible COMMAND Center reader to view and analyze the concrete’s temperature history at any time.

How to use COMMAND Center for temperature monitoring

Reduce required site visits

Without COMMAND Center, a contractor might require an employee to visit a project site every two to four hours to collect concrete temperature data in order to comply with a cold weather concreting specification.

Satisfying this cold weather specification is much easier with COMMAND Center: construction teams can obtain the required temperature data by placing a few COMMAND Center sensors before concrete is poured. Once the concrete is poured, the sensors will automatically begin measuring and storing internal concrete temperatures at any specified time interval.

Closely monitor internal temperatures in challenging conditions

Cold weather concreting can require contractors to implement temperature-controlled curing to prevent hot concrete from experiencing thermal shock after form removal in cold conditions.

By using COMMAND Center Sensors to automatically collect internal temperatures throughout the curing process, contractors can easily monitor in-place concrete for conditions that might lead to thermal shock. COMMAND Center allows contractors to determine exactly if and/or when concrete temperatures have fallen outside specified thresholds. If COMMAND Center indicates that concrete temperatures have breached these thresholds, contractors can apply additional curing as needed so that concrete durability and performance remains uncompromised.

Satisfy mass placement specifications

Mass placement specifications often require the project’s construction team to monitor temperatures at the concrete element’s surface—or other critical location—and center. If the difference in temperatures between the critical location and center is greater than a specified threshold, the contractor may have to remove and replace the element.

COMMAND Center simplifies the process of monitoring temperature differentials. The construction team can place a sensor at each location that needs to be monitored. Once the sensors’ temperature data is imported to the COMMAND Center software, the system will automatically calculate the temperature difference between two sensors. Inspectors can use COMMAND Center to determine whether temperatures within mass elements stay within specifications.

The contractor can use COMMAND Center to quickly identify when this difference comes close to the threshold and how close it is. Based on this data, the contractor may take action to protect the concrete—the contractor might leave formwork in place longer than planned to provide additional insulation to keep temperatures within spec, or the contractor might modify the mix. COMMAND Center provides the contractor with the information necessary to ensure the construction team can take these precautions at the right time.

Increase precast production rate and quality control

COMMAND Center can be a real advantage to the precast industry. To improve the success and speed of precast element fabrication, precasters use COMMAND Center to monitor concrete temperatures and concrete strength gain throughout the elements during curing. COMMAND Center can also be used to meet specifications for internal temperature monitoring during precast element fabrication.

When receiving a delivery of fresh concrete, construction teams typically embed a common thermometer into the concrete to measure its temperature. But if they’re required to develop a thermal control plan or determine the timing and magnitude of concrete temperature spikes, construction teams need more than a thermometer. So construction teams turn to an efficient, practical option. They use COMMAND Center, a device they can embed into the concrete that automatically measures and records internal concrete temperatures over an extended period.

When the internal temperature of a concrete element is in danger of breaching maximum or minimum temperature thresholds, data provided by embedded COMMAND Center sensors will alert the construction team and allow them to take measures to prevent the concrete from exceeding these thresholds.

Learn more about the benefits of monitoring concrete temperature

Thermal Control Plans Cold Weather Concreting Hot Weather Concreting Mass Concrete Placements Precast Manufacturing

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