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Published on 8/22/2019

Published by marketing@concretebroker.com.au

Organising your concrete pour from the batch plant

Concrete broker looks at how to make sure your next pour runs smoothly


When planning a concrete pour from the plant timing is everything. Making sure your first truck is on time, and from then on all the ensuing trucks are evenly spaced. Concrete customers do not like to be left standing around twiddling their thumbs waiting for trucks. Time means money.But there's more than just truck timing to consider when organizing your successful pour from the batch plant. Lets take a look at the steps required to turn your pour from putty to pretty....

1. How far are we going? Check in with Google maps to see exactly how long it takes to travel to site. Add at least 15 minutes for loading and slumping the truck, and an extra 10 minutes for traffic and negotiating directions

2. How many trucks do we need? Liaise closely with your concreter on site. Make sure they have allowed at least 10% additional concrete to take into account uneven surfaces on site, spillage or varying sub surface levels.If the travel time is more than 30 minutes to site it would be worthwhile avoiding a message or plus load by sending a bit more rather than a bit less concrete. Talk with the concreter, he or she may have somewhere to utilize the surplus concrete on site, if not work out a strategy to handle excess concrete or a return. As an example you may have something formed up to pour in your own yard, or you may have some block moulds split in readiness for the return.

3. Are there any specific site requirements? Make sure to find out if there are any factors unique to the site where the pour is taking place. Is there a steep driveway? Are small trucks more suitable than large trucks to avoid spillage? Is the driveway too tight for a large truck? Is full PPE required?
Finding out site specific requirements prior to your concrete pour from the plant is a must.



4. Is the concrete mix being pumped? If so by a line pump or a boom pump? If its a line pump what size line? A small hose an 8 inch?
Ascertaining whether your concrete is going to be shot from the truck or pumped is most important. Particularly if its going to run out through a line pump. Pump mixes tend to require slightly more fines i.e., flyash and/or dune sand, to ensure they pump with ease, reducing the chance of pump blockages on site. With this in mind adjust your mix design accordingly before the pour, having talked with the concreter and/or concrete pumper.
And while you are on the phone, or on site with them, ask what slump they require the concrete to be delivered at. If they want it wetter than your standard slump, they need to request this, and it would be prudent to make a note of this in your diary. For if their concrete takes too long to set, or alternatively cracks and doesn't meet strength, your notes together with signed documentation from your driver highlighting water added on site may add to your argument further down the track

5. What additives are required? Once again liaise with site prior to the pour. Consider travel time, the amount of concreters on site and the time it is going to take to finish the concrete. Then check in with the weather forecast for the day. Is it going to be hot? Windy? Or freezing cold? Once all this information is collected make a decision in discussions with site as to whether retarder or accelerator is required to be added to your mix design to either delay or accelerate the setting time of your concrete

6. Communication. Finally, last, but by no means least maintain ongoing communication with site during the pour. How is the pour going? Is everything running to plan? Have there been any delays on site? Pump blockages? So on and so forth. Communication is the key. And this includes feedback from your drivers as well as site. They are your eyes and ears on the ground.


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