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Doka touts concrete sensor to Dubai Municipality

Concremote's time savings of 47% and cost savings of 32% could serve green legislation in Dubai, Austrian firm says

Estimates suggest that a switch to green cement could lead to cost savings of more than $50bn for Dubai’s construction sector
Estimates suggest that a switch to green cement could lead to cost savings of more than $50bn for Dubai’s construction sector

Doka has debuted ‘Concremote’ at a technical presentation for Dubai Municipality.

The Austria-headquartered formwork firm contends that the ‘green concrete’ sensor is ideally placed to support the Emirate’s environmentally-minded construction legislation.

Concremote, according to Doka, measures the compressive strength and durability parameters of green concrete, leading to improvements in quality and safety, and reductions in cost and time.

The presentation, which took place at Dubai Central Laboratory, was delivered by Wilko van der Meer, the company’s managing director for Concremote. Speaking to a selection of municipal guests and construction experts, van der Meer outlined the functionality and benefits of the product, and how it can be implemented in practical terms.

“Concremote sensors utilise new, innovative technology, and are placed directly in a concrete structure after pouring to measure non-stop compressive strength evolution,” explained Doka in a press release.

“All sensors have a real-time connection to the internet, and notify stakeholders such as job-site staff and consultants via text or e-mail when concrete is hardened enough to proceed with subsequent construction works.”

The manufacturer claims that the device offers time savings of 47%, cost savings of 32%, quality improvement of 55%, and a total business value increase of 44%, compared to conventional measurement methods.

Doka also emphasised the environmental benefits of green concrete alternatives, pointing out that historically, concrete has been acknowledged to be the second-largest producer of carbon dioxide emissions – after the energy sector – with one tonne of Portland cement yielding 1.1 tonnes of CO2 and 164kg of dust.

Recent estimates have indicated that a mandatory switch to green concrete would add an extra 40 years of life to buildings that use it, and offer cost savings of approximately $52.27bn (AED192bn) in Dubai's construction sector.

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