COMMANDqc

This stream addresses methods that all ready-mix and precast concrete producers can adopt to reduce costs and improve quality, whether you are a small to medium sized residential producer or part of a multi-national concrete operation.

  • Strata COMMANDqc Case Study

    Strata COMMANDqc Case Study

    From the late 1980’s through 2010 Strata Corporation expanded through acquisitions. Like many other companies that have purchased other businesses, Strata found itself in a situation where many of...

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  • Delta COMMANDqc Case Study

    Delta COMMANDqc Case Study

    Concrete and materials test results were stored in file folders throughout the company and the data could not be easily accessed and examined. Verifying batch tolerances required going to the plant...

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  • Graniterock COMMANDqc Case Study

    Graniterock COMMANDqc Case Study

    Like many other concrete producers whose QC programs evolved while personal computers became commonplace, Graniterock’s QC information was managed in multiple programs. Aggregate gradings were...

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  • Welsch COMMANDqc Case Study

    Welsch COMMANDqc Case Study

    Chris Pusateri, Welsch’s QC manager, became aware that as their company grew, it was harder for their existing staff to keep pace with the increased demands for their technical services...

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  • Concrete at Disney: Not Mickey Mouse Stuff

    Concrete at Disney: Not Mickey Mouse Stuff

    When I started to break down the sustainability aspects of concrete at EPCOT, I found they fall into two categories – 1) Items specifically designated as “sustainable” and 2) Park infrastructure.

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  • KPI Survey Highlights

    KPI Survey Highlights

    I have now closed out my Concrete QC KPI (Key Performance Indicators) survey and below are some of the highlights from the survey....

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  • Highlights of WOC 2013

    Highlights of WOC 2013

    Last week was the World of Concrete in Las Vegas. According to the cabbies, attendance was between 40,000 – 50,000, which is still down, but it was obvious from the traffic in...

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  • Thereby Hangs A Tale

    Thereby Hangs A Tale

    My main theme was that concrete history not made up of short and simple sound bites, like “concrete strength is determined by the w/c”, but...

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  • The ABCs of EPDs

    The ABCs of EPDs

    The purpose of an EPD is to inform the owner/consumer of the impact his construction choices will have on the environment. The owner can then make more intelligent decisions about...

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  • A Tale of Two Conferences

    A Tale of Two Conferences

    In this age of distance learning, remote classrooms and massive stores of data on a single subject, there is still nothing that expands a person’s education like...

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  • Spiderman, MacGyver and Concrete

    Spiderman, MacGyver and Concrete

    I’ve heard it said that, “A Swiss Army knife can do a thousand and one things, but none of them well.” Trying to make one thing serve two purposes usually means...

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  • Of Gods and Monsters

    Of Gods and Monsters

    ACI is also a place where dreams come true, or go to die. Use of fly ash, pumping, SCC, performance specifications and the Internet by the industry are dreams that have gone on to...

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  • Let the Bakers Bake

    Let the Bakers Bake

    At this point I am going to go positively medieval and throw down a gauntlet. I challenge the concrete design, construction and production industry in the U.S. to...

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  • The 0.26 w/c Myth-Conception

    The 0.26 w/c Myth-Conception

    In these days of an ever increasing demand for improvements in concrete performance, it is easy for specifiers to continually...

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  • The Quality Plan

    The Quality Plan

    Quality Plans aren’t just for the big guys, though. Practically every concrete producer should have a Quality Plan, and the NRMCA has made it...

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  • If I Ruled the Concrete Industry

    If I Ruled the Concrete Industry

    Have you ever tried to change the way people do things, only to have someone ask you, “Who made you God?” Well, I just realized that, even though I am not God, I do control...

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  • Well-Graded Aggregates vs. Gap-Graded Aggregates

    Well-Graded Aggregates vs. Gap-Graded Aggregates

    Over the past decade a major “discussion” has arisen over the desirability of the use of well-graded aggregates (WGA) vs. gap-graded aggregates (GGA) in concrete. The discussion has centered on...

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  • My Top 10 Favorite Concrete Websites

    My Top 10 Favorite Concrete Websites

    The Internet – love it or hate it, it has changed the way we live. It has made the world a smaller place in that we can readily communicate with a person around the world, even if...

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  • NRMCA RES meeting in Seattle

    NRMCA RES meeting in Seattle

    Concrete mix design and quality control have become so sophisticated that it is a rare designer who has the time to understand the ends and outs of that portion of our industry. The result is...

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  • ACI Strategic Development Council

    ACI Strategic Development Council

    This is the first time I have attended the SDC meeting in about 5 years because my impression last time is that it is a "big boys club". SDC has gotten away from that and now may be...

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