Chip Tracking in Construction Concrete Becoming More Common

The Electronic Concrete Monitoring System (EBIS), developed to electronically monitor the quality of concrete using chips for the purpose of creating safe buildings and cities, has been used in approximately 433,000 structures.

In 2018, the Ministry of Environment, Urbanization, and Climate Change signed a collaboration protocol with the Presidency of Defense Industries to develop the system.

The Electronic Concrete Monitoring System (EBIS) project aimed to ensure healthier and more reliable monitoring of the concrete used in buildings by combining the Ministry’s expertise in inspection with the Presidency’s experience in monitoring and security. This step brought the goal of creating safer buildings, quality, and livable cities against earthquakes one step closer.

For the establishment of the system and the provision of all services within the project, AselsanNET, an affiliate of ASELSAN, was assigned by the Presidency.

AselsanNET conducted fieldwork, sector analysis, and project feasibility studies. Concrete crushing devices, handheld terminals, and concrete tags were designed and tested in the field in line with the software and hardware requirements, compatible with the Internet of Things (IoT) platform/technology. In addition, AselsanNET established a data center and disaster recovery center to store data obtained from laboratories and implemented a 24/7 call center system.

After the infrastructure of the system was established, training sessions were organized for the laboratories affiliated with the Ministry nationwide, and all information about the system was transferred.

Within the scope of the project, the EBIS Central Monitoring Software and Mobile Communication Infrastructure, along with all system components, were developed using Internet of Things technology to create a connected communication network.

Data obtained from concrete tags, concrete crushing devices, Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) handheld terminals, curing pools, and concrete mixers through service providers are processed using the system, standardized, and presented to the Ministry.

AselsanNET not only provides software and hardware support but also offers maintenance-repair, calibration, exploration, device supply, installation, and technical support services to the laboratories specified by the Ministry. The software and hardware development process continues based on feedback received from the field.

This system provides comprehensive inspection of construction concrete. Every stage of the concrete sample, such as which mixer it was taken from, which laboratory it went to, and its curing conditions, is tracked and monitored using RFID technology. The system has been used in 432,797 structures to date, and with an accuracy rate of over 99%, it has reduced error, loss, and leakage rates in concrete to near zero.

Under the scrutiny at every stage, the EBIS determines the compliance of the concrete used in the construction project with the specified concrete class and standards. It also checks whether the officials are performing their duties during concrete pouring.

With the system, details such as which construction site used which class of concrete, which concrete mixer the concrete came from, on which day and at what time it was taken, how many samples were prepared for experiments, which laboratory and who conducted the experiments, whether building inspection officials participated in the concrete pouring, and whether the samples were stored in appropriate conditions in the construction site and curing pool according to the relevant standard deadlines can be inspected.

Beton’s identity is ensured nationwide through RFID, and laboratory experiments are conducted within the scope of EBIS with concrete testing devices designed to prevent manipulation nationwide.

source: / prepared by Melisa Beğiç

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