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TIP is Technology through education.

Technology in Practice is a series of short information pieces on important topics written in an easy understandable “What, Why and How?” format. It can be used by ready mixed concrete industry personnel to support internal as well as customer education.

TIP Bulk Package (20 collated sets of 16 topics)
Member $80; Non-member $160


Single Set (1 each of the 16 topics)
$20 members; $45 Non-members


Individual Topics (in packages of 10)
$10 members; $20 Non-members; order below

Click on the links below to read the first page of each topic:

  • New! TIP 16 – Evaluating Strength Test Results
    This TIP provides guidance on evaluating strength test results used for acceptance of concrete to determine whether the testing procedures and test results indicate deficiencies in testing practices (8 pages).

  • TIP 15 – Estimating Concrete Strength Using Maturity - this TIP discusses the use of the maturity method for estimating in-place strength of concrete in accordance with one of the methods in ASTM C1074.

  • TIP 14 – Time of Setting of Concrete Mixtures - this TIP facilitates the understanding of factors impacting the setting characteristics of concrete and the method to measure it (ASTM C403).

  • TIP 13 – Chloride Limits in Concrete - addresses the limits on internal chlorides in concrete as addressed in the Building Code, ACI 318. It discusses reasons for the limits, sources of internal chlorides, testing for chlorides and discusses the calculation of chloride content in concrete from the mixture ingredients.

  • TIP 12 – Slump Loss of Concrete – discusses the factors that impact the change in slump of concrete due to temperature and delivery time, and the factors that can be addressed to control slump loss.

  • TIP 11 – Testing Concrete Cores - discusses the procedures used for obtaining core specimens for evaluation of strength of concrete in the structure and the evaluation of core strength data.

  • TIP 10 — Mixing Water Quality for Concrete - discusses the requirements of ASTM C1602 to qualify non-potable sources of water for use as mixing water in concrete.

  • TIP 9 — Density of Structural Lightweight Concrete - discusses the determination and relationship between oven-dry, equilibrium and fresh bulk density of lightweight concrete as covered in ASTM C567.

  • TIP 8 — Concrete Yield – outlines process for determining yield of concrete and evaluating problems with yield.

  • TIP 7 — Creating and Using Three Point Curves for Laboratory Trial Batches – outlines the process of developing lab trial batch information for mixture submittals.

  • TIP 6 — Aggregate Moisture and Making Adjustments to Concrete Mixtures – outlines concepts on aggregate moisture for mixture proportioning and production of concrete.

  • TIP 5 — Capping Cylindrical Concrete Specimens with Sulfur Mortars and Unbonded Caps – summarizes the key points in the applicable standards for capping strength specimens and the reasons for these requirements.

  • TIP 4 — Aggregate Sample Reduction for Laboratory Tests – addresses procedures to properly reduce the size of a larger field sample to a smaller size that is required for laboratory tests.

    TIP 3
    — Aggregate Sampling for Laboratory Tests – discusses procedures to ensure that samples obtained for quality control tests are representative of the stockpiles or other storage locations from where they are obtained.

  • TIP 2 — Establishing the Required Average Strength of Concrete – summarizes the general process of establishing the required strength for concrete based on the strength specified in project specifications in accordance with ACI standards.

  • TIP 1 — Quantifying Concrete Quality – provides ideas on identifying items to measure and quantify the impact of a quality goal that positively impacts the company’s bottom line.

To order, click here or call/email Jacques Jenkins, 888-846-7622 x1165.


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