"Understanding the True Cost of Concrete," Featured in Construction Business Owner

July 11, 2019 Karli Langner

Dale Brownbridge, Product Owner for COMMANDassurance, was featured on Construction Business Owner's web exclusive content.

"Concrete is expensive. According to the National Ready Mix Concrete Association, the cost of concrete is $108 per cubic yard. On top of this is the cost of delivery fees, truck rentals, driver pay, loading/unloading workers, etc. And this doesn't even include the cost of time spent during the delivery process testing and checking the quality of the concrete to make sure it arrives at the jobsite at the right consistency and quality required for the job.

Significant inefficiencies exist in the transportation legs of construction projects. Any time a truck driver has to climb down from his/her truck to punch in job information, and then climb back up into the cab, inefficiencies occur. If the truck driver waits in line behind a slew of trucks, inefficiencies occur; and at an environmental level, idling at gates or in a line of trucks also uses unnecessary fuel and emits carbon dioxide.

Often, producers will overdesign their concrete mixes to ensure the quality of their final delivered product. Many producers believe wasting money and materials in overdesigns is better than delivering concrete that gets rejected because it is the wrong slump—or worse: placed and then removed. In reality, money spent on the cost of overdesign can take a pretty significant chunk out of the producers’ bottom line..."

Check out the full article to learn how you can guarantee the quality of your concrete upon delivery.

Visibility into fresh concrete properties throughout the entire delivery cycle reduces the need to overdesign your mixes, saving money and time within your operations.

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