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Intro to Shear Connectors

Intro to Shear Connectors

Engineers are always looking for new ways to improve their construction projects, and one of the best ways to reinforce beams and joints of different materials, especially for steel and concrete, are shear connectors. Using shear connectors allows composite materials, like steel and concrete, to come together seamlessly. There are different shear connectors for various tensile strengths, shear strengths, and compression strengths, making sure that they work perfectly for any building project.  What Are Shear Connectors?  Shear connectors are fasteners which can be used to secure a building or an object to concrete or steel. They can help distribute shear…
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The Impact of COVID-19 on the Construction Industry

The Impact of COVID-19 on the Construction Industry

Recently, MNP, a Canadian tax, accounting and consulting firm, published an interesting article titled How COVID-19 Impacts the Construction Industry which covered several relevant issues that the construction industry is facing due to the pandemic we are in. We wanted to share some of their useful findings with you here.  Impact on Construction Industry The construction industry has certainly felt the impact of COVID-19, and is having to find ways to work safely with fewer workers on-site. Construction and renovations on new homes have either been delayed, slowed down, or stopped completely because of reduction in the supply chain and…
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FRP Rebar Applications

FRP Rebar Applications

There are many benefits to using FRP rebar in reinforced concrete projects. When we compare traditional steel reinforcement to FRP rebar, it is clear FRP rebar is the more efficient choice in all applications. Let’s explore the different ways that FRP rebar can be used.  Bridges, Barrier Walls and Decks One of the most popular FRP rebar applications are bridges, barrier walls, and decks. These specific types of structure require materials that are non-corrosive and are long-lasting, which are both features of FRP rebar. These are important benefits compared to traditional steel reinforced infrastructure projects which have a shorter lifespan,…
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Interview with Groupe Kilo

Interview with Groupe Kilo

SFTec had the pleasure of speaking with some of the team members from Groupe Kilo. Rick Fraij, Sales Manager, and Dr. Ahmed Salama, Structural Engineer, from SFTec spoke with Robert Williamson, Vice President and Project Director, and Sylvain Lalonde, Junior Engineer, Project manager and Estimator, to learn more about their experience with our products. A Little bit about Groupe Kilo Groupe Kilo is a general contractor, specialized in civil works, mainly in concrete and asphalt works that can be institutional, commercial, or household jobs. According to Lalonde, Groupe Kilo caters to “everyone”, small contracts and big contracts too.  A project,…
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FRP Rebar vs Natural Factors

FRP Rebar vs Natural Factors

Fiberglass Reinforced Polymer (FRP) can be used to strengthen and reinforce structures because of the method that is used to create the material. FRP is made up of a polymer matrix that is usually reinforced with fibers from glass, basalt, aramid or carbon. Because of the composed materials, FRP rebar is the perfect solution when looking for a lightweight, corrosion resistant, and heat resistant product to use in your concrete project. These qualities make using FRP perfect for any concrete project, whether it is a sea wall, bridge, garage or wharf, to name a few.  How FRP Handles High Temperatures…
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Intro to Carbon Straps

Intro to Carbon Straps

Finding the best solution for #crackedconcrete can be tricky if you’re not sure what the best options are. We have found what works best for multiple circumstances are #carbonfiberstraps. Not only do they work perfectly for bowed walls and cracked foundations, but they are a great solution for reinforcing structures because of their strength and permanency. What makes Carbon Fiber Straps so useful?  Carbon fiber straps are perfect for concrete structure repairs because they are much lighter in weight than other reinforcing materials. They are incredibly strong, and are durable in water and high temperatures. The straps are created by…
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What you need to know about #SFT-ARGlassFiber

What you need to know about #SFT-ARGlassFiber

Alkali resistant (AR) glass fibers are a great modern way of reinforcing your concrete/cement mix, while not having to compromise quality or strength. Concrete is a multi-purpose material and is strong on its own, but depending on the project you are working on, it is often beneficial to use some sort of material to reinforce it, and in this case, we are looking at why alkali resistant (AR) glass fibers, or SFT-AR GlassFiber, can make a difference in your construction.  What are alkali resistant (AR) glass fibers? Alkali resistant (AR) glass fibers are specifically designed to be used in concrete…
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FAQ Related to FRP rebar Answered

FAQ Related to FRP rebar Answered

It’s not always easy to find the answers we are looking for, especially when it comes to technical information related to construction material. This is where SFTec’s specialists can help.  Our vast industry knowledge allows us to provide you with all the information you need to understand the benefits of FRP rebar and to evaluate if it is a good solution for your next concrete-based structure project (it likely is!). Here are some of our most common questions, answered.  What is FRP rebar? Although this material has existed for a very long time (since WWII to be exact), it is…
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How SFT-Bar can help you save on costs

How SFT-Bar can help you save on costs

By now, you are pretty familiar with the benefits of using FRP rebar instead of steel in your concrete-based projects. If not, here are a few articles that can help. All these advantages are great, but at what cost? When evaluating the different materials to use in your project, one cannot deny the influence of costs on the final decision. It is often the determining factor in said project. Therefore, the most important question to answer is how can SFT-Bar help you save on costs? Continue reading to find out. Transport Costs Transport costs are unavoidable in the construction of…
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Concrete-based bridges: Top 5 things to consider

Concrete-based bridges: Top 5 things to consider

Source used as reference: https://extremehowto.com/build-your-own-bridge/ What would we do without bridges? It is extremely easy to take these structures for granted because of the numerous bridges we encounter on a daily basis. As we have seen in recent events, they need to be maintained in order to keep serving their purpose, or we would have to rebuild them from scratch. In the case where we have to build, or rebuild, a concrete-based bridge project, there are several important things to consider. Here are the top 5.  1. Planning and Jurisdiction Based on the location of the bridge you would like…
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