Assess the conformity of the concrete mixture used for the construction of wind turbine foundations in Seigneurie de Beaupré Wind Park
Analyze quality control test results recorded on the concrete used to cast wind turbine bases at Lac Alfred Wind Park in Quebec
In recent years, the construction industry has been faced with major problems concerning the quality of concrete produced and delivered to construction sites. In order to minimize the risks of producing an inadequate concrete, industry standards, codes and regulations have been revised and strengthened to better protect asset owners. Concrete manufacturers/suppliers now need to comply to more rigorous standards, and that’s how SIMCO’s concrete experts can help.
Our experts can be involved at all stages of a project; from as early on as the pre-project phase, our concrete specialists have the knowledge, expertise and experience necessary for the selection of appropriate materials required for the design of durable and cost-effective concrete mixes. For example, reliable experimental protocols have been developed and validated in numerous projects to guide in the selection of aggregates in order to ensure that they are not reactive or contaminated by deleterious minerals such as pyrite and pyrrhotite.
Our team can also play an important role during the design and construction of structures, to evaluate, validate and optimize the durability of mixtures according to different exposure conditions. SIMCO can also be called in after the placement of concrete to provide corrective solutions (troubleshooting) in order to ensure that the structure will reach the desired service life.
SIMCO’s main goal is to provide concrete manufacturers/suppliers with the best possible solution at the best possible cost. For the characterization of concrete, SIMCO evaluates each component (cement, supplementary cementitious materials, admixtures, aggregates, etc.). Our services include the characterization of materials for new construction and rehabilitation projects, risk analyses, service-life evaluations, corrosion studies, failure analyses and quality control.