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The Importance of Updating Specifications in the Concrete Industry

Author: GMI Engineered Products December 1, 2015

One of the most recognized sayings today is Newton’s first law of motion and that is “A body at rest tends to stay at rest unless acted upon by an outside force”. Now think of the concrete industry. It is never a body at rest.

Specifications, standards, technologies, people, etc. are always constantly and consistently changing. If our industry was a body at rest, then much of the innovation and modern work out there today would not be around.

And the “force” that keeps moving the industry? People. There are innovators and bright individuals who have brought endless new methods and systems to concrete. They are out there making life easier, safer and more economical.

Why are these dedicated people always looking for new ways to do things? Because standards change all the time. As the concrete industry grows older those people inventing the newer methods and strategies are conforming to those standards. But why exactly are they so important?

Updating keeps everyone in the industry.

If you owned a small piece of land and were trying to sell it, but that land was in the middle of a larger piece of land, you wouldn’t be as likely to sell it.

So how does this apply to concrete? If one company has a process that became what every other business in the world would use, they would cash in on a huge monopoly and innovation would get completely eradicated.

Changing and updating standards allows businesses to show their creative side and to come up with a process or system that works for them and their customers. So if a company controlled an aspect of the industry, no one would be able to break out of their little piece of land.

It keeps safety most important.

An aspect of changing a standard or specification is that sometimes the original one either: A) didn’t last for an extended period of time or B) did not work as well as originally thought. It is no secret that safety is one of the top priorities in the concrete industry today.

Safety is often thought about while the job is being performed, but typically not after the job is finished. Specifications change to account for what has not been predicted when a problem with the original process arises, and this fact is just another reason why it is important for standards and specifications need to be changed.

Time moves along

Simply put, all businesses should revisit their specifications regularly. A regular review of specifications can help identify new problems that have yet to arise, but allow for the prevention of those problems by updating guidelines.

The first industry committees were conducted over 100 years ago, so it’s not uncommon that the specifications throughout the years have changed along with the industry. When specifications are that out of date it’s definitely time to change them.

Technologies, processes and major influencers have changed. Updating our industry’s specifications helps to bring those changes full circle. We make it a point to comply with the ST-115 standard and our CRMX 3-step concrete polishing process does just that.