Background

Various analogue solutions for monitoring concrete structures have been available for many years, but those are not easy to use.  Also traditionally this  is a time-consuming process and construction company employees  usually have to come to the construction site in order to carry out specific measurements or to read measurements generated by various sensors.  There are also different other technologies besides our technology, but those are not accurate enough. Construction technologies are receiving new contracts  and the competition is also increasing rapidly. It is clear that winners will be those companies that will integrate modern smart construction IoT technologies – in order to gain the opportunity to save own resources  and to increase  competitiveness. The whole global market of the construction sector is also growing very fast – especially in the sector of industrial objects.
The EDI solution to monitor concrete behavior and shrinkage fits perfectly into the general process of construction digitization, which is currently very relevant for all construction industry companies all over  the world.

The main target

The main target is to develop modern IoT solution – to secure  wireless communications between sensors that can monitor concrete structures, concrete hardening , shrinkage process and hand held end-user equipment. This  includes the creation of  a convenient graphical interface design and the ability to use the solution remotely via a cloud server when responsible persons are located in company office.

The main tasks of the project

First of all, in cooperation together with experienced potential customers, technology requirements of new solution will be clarified.   We will create and test various IoT solution prototypes. Software modules will be developed and tested to ensure the collection and processing of data from various sensors and machine learning algorithms will be developed and integrated. One of the main tasks will be to ensure long-term operation of the device in low power consumption mode and using Bluetooth communication protocols.  The device will be operational for a period of about one year. It should be noted that only small rugger modules may fixed into concrete. The final product will be able to be used through a cloud server, thus significantly saving the resources and time of construction companies to control the concrete hardening processes in real time and remotely from the construction site. In principle, sensors selected by EDI specialists can also be installed on the surface of concrete, thus monitoring construction during long time span.  From an economic point of view, this state-of-the-art IoT solution will be patented and marketed and sold.  Of course, the EDI scientists are ready to customize the solution before/after selling  – depending on specific needs of the construction company that will use the solution.

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    Dr. sc. ing. Kaspars Ozols

    Deputy director of development, Senior Researcher

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