The priorities of Concrete Genius from a quality standpoint are:
Raw material selection:
Selection and quality management of raw materials is the single most important criteria for concrete quality. The Concrete Genius Quality Control program states that all materials will meet the requirements of CSA A23.1/14, and our selection of materials meets all criteria including exposure class C1, S1, F1, and A1 and are certified by third party testing. We have selected and built relationships with our suppliers whereby our raw materials are the very best available in our region. Our choice of suppliers demonstrates our priorities of consistent and quality materials. Because our materials are exceptional, and the consistency is ideal Concrete Genius has the ability to produce consistent reliable concrete for you.
By nature mix designs are scientific and with our ideally graded aggregates, cement content is calculable. Our mix designs effectively compliment project specifications and the needs of place-able/finish-able concrete. Our mix designs take into consideration all factors of the project. What appears to be an over design, is our realization and application of sound all encompassing design methods. We have designed our mixes to perform structurally, but we have also considered the workability and place-ability of the concrete. We understand the factors that cause shrinking; we have designed our mixes to minimize shrinkage as well.
Proportioning of materials is absolutely critical for quality management. Our process is innovative and thereby non-traditional, and it is accurate and consistent. CSA A23.1/14 in table 24 states the required “batching” accuracies. It should be noted that table 24 speaks to the batching accuracy and not to measurement accuracy of scales. Our proportioning method relies on mass and specific gravity. We calibrate each component by mass, and then we convert that mass back to a volume and proportion according to the volume. We then verify our calibration by a yield test where we confirm at minimum 1/10 of a truckload by volume. Our expected accuracy is at least 99% to 101% of design. Because concrete must be sold by cubic meters as required by CSA A23.1/14, every proportioning method must calculate the volume based on specific gravity. Our water is proportioned by volume and mass is calculated by that volume and admixtures are proportioned by volume.