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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Concrete crackdown

According to the New York Construction, September 2009 edition, NYC officials are determined to crack down on superficial and dubious practices when relates to concrete testing.

This New York crack down should be very much appreciated by construction officials around the country. It is related to strict quality control parameters as opposed to unnecessary code revisions that may be politically motivated. The program includes a $1 million concrete testing lab that will be city owned. This is commitment.


  1. Reginald Fequiere, M. Sc., P.E.October 8, 2009 at 11:36 AM

    It may be a good idea. Will all contractors in New York have to use the city owned lab to comply with concrete quality requirements for all the concrete on a project? Or will they only use the in cases of spot checks on the job? if you have to use the city lab for all your concrete testing needs, hello ... construction delays due to an overwhelmed lab.

    Another approach would be stricter measures against the people that do cheat. If you are caught cheating say you are kicked off the job and your license is suspended for 6 months (whether it be a lab that falsifies reports or a concrete provider).

    If we have to verify the strength after the fact, have the contractor pay a fine and charge him for the investigative work that will be performed by lab selected by the city.

    Reginald Fequiere, M. Sc., P.E.

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