14 Nov 2018
concrete pumping

When you walk down the sidewalk, have you ever taken a moment to admire the various concrete structures around, and wonder what went into making them as structurally robust as they are (including the sidewalk itself)? Laying concrete is a more nuanced process than most people realize.

Concrete placing and finishing services in Vancouver have to be handled by certified operators who know the process like the back of their hand. They are aware of all the best practices required to deposit the concrete as close to the final position as possible. When doing a concrete job right, the manner in which the concrete is mixed, transported and handled should be precisely coordinated with placing and finishing procedures. If the concrete is laid quicker than the operator can spread, strike off, consolidate and bull float it, the finished product will be lacking in visual appeal and internal strength.


Concrete is a Popular Foundation Material Owing to its Versatility

In the world of construction, the most popular foundational material is concrete. It can be used for a number of purposes such as slab construction, structural concrete, architectural components, and stairwell construction. For instance, in the case of slab construction, the concrete must be aligned with the perimeter along a single end and each batch should be then deposited next to the previously laid concrete. If the concrete is dumped haphazardly in separate chunks and the operator then attempts to level them all at once, the final product will be shoddy.

When you look around, the likely places you’ll notice concrete structures are sidewalks, patios, curbs, barn floors, pavements, driveways, basements, parking lots, flooring, canal linings, silos, skyscrapers, swimming pools, beams, columns, piers, bridge decks, cast-in-place walls and other such exposed constructions.


Here’s Why Concrete Quality Assurance is So Important!

Quite evidently, concrete is used in those areas that often witness the most traffic – whether pedestrians or vehicles. It stands to reason that it should be assembled to ensure it that holds it own even in the most demanding environments – such as those that experience grueling weather conditions.

From a layman’s standpoint, when we talk about the quality with which the concrete operation is carried out, we’re referring to its finished appearance. In a more technical context, we might assess quality based on the placement accuracy or the manner in which the concrete has been consolidated.

Of course, concrete quality assurance is much more in-depth. It begins right from the time the concrete’s ingredients are mixed during the manufacturing process. This will depend on the projected strength needed to support the construction in question.

When using concrete, the operator should also understand the structure’s reinforcement parameters. They might even consider historical information pertaining to the materials used, accessory demands, required and attainable strengths, placement techniques and will have to periodically track strengths at each stage to ensure design criteria are being adhered to.

Sounds like quite a handful doesn’t it? Strength isn’t the only dimension that operators are tracking. They must also test concrete tolerance. When the concrete is correctly consolidated, it adds to its reinforcement coverage. This is crucial to the process. It negates the possibility of having to redo the work or take corrective action.

The client’s expectations have to be met – nothing is more important than that. Thus, when performing concrete projects, it is critical to pre plan and make sure that the appropriate materials and equipment are at hand so as to allow for the highest quality output.


Certified Operators Know the Ins and Outs of the Job

Besides ensuring that the concrete is placed and finished in a manner that ensures the highest possible strength, tolerance and visual appeal, a trained operator also ensures job site safety.

Some wrongly assume that the job of a concrete pump operator merely entails driving to the site, unloading the material and repeating the process a dozen times over. In reality, they have to have in-depth knowledge about diesel engines, commercial driving, schematic reading (electrical and hydraulic), basics of concrete designing and mixing, safe pump and boom operational processes, pump parts and their functionalities, preventative maintenance, emergency on-site troubleshooting, and general construction site safety to name a few!

At Pedron Contracting, all our operators are certified and highly trained so that the job is done – the right way. Expect outstanding customer service and superior concrete solutions, no matter the scale or scope of the job you have for us!


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