Sensor-based decision making in precast concrete production

Sree Nanukuttan, Gareth Conway, Odhran Cummings, Ruben Correia, Sean Toal, William Doherty

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Creagh concrete required a digital solution to reduce the factory occupation time, enable smart storage/retrieval, faster inventory, and efficient product tracking at site. Working with Queen’s University Belfast, the team developed a four-part solution for this problem. A wireless in-concrete sensor that provides temperature and location tracking, a receiver (node) that can connect to several of these sensors and have environmental sensing capability, a wired receiver (family) that integrate several nodes and a LoRa gateway mounted at altitude to integrate all family and cover the entire production yard. This article outlines the features of the digital solution, curing duration and influence of the ambient environment, benefits to the production and challenges that lay ahead.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCivil Engineering Research in Ireland (CERI 2022): conference proceedings
EditorsNiall Holmes, Caitríona de Paor, Roger P. West
PublisherCivil Engineering Research Association of Ireland
ISBN (Electronic)9780957395756
Publication statusPublished - 25 Aug 2022
EventCivil Engineering Research in Ireland and Irish Transport Research Network Conference 2022 - Trinity College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 25 Aug 202226 Aug 2022


ConferenceCivil Engineering Research in Ireland and Irish Transport Research Network Conference 2022
Abbreviated titleCERAI & ITRN 2022
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  • sensors
  • Wireless communication
  • concrete
  • maturity
  • Location tracking
  • Optimised curing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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