The latest innovations have introduced new concrete procurement, production, placement, and quality processes. Our customers are continuously searching for ways to reduce the carbon emissions used in producing concrete, one of the world’s most common human-made materials, as well as cost and schedule times. In response, Bechtel’s subject matter experts have rolled out a comprehensive concrete delivery system to decrease costs, improve schedules, and enhance sustainability by leveraging the latest industry trends, technologies, and innovations.

Some of the main features of this new process include:

  • Using standardized mixtures of self-consolidating concrete to reduce field labor and consolidation issues.
  • Using software applications to automate and streamline concrete production, supply, quality control, and acceptance.
  • Using sensors to monitor fresh concrete properties, such as temperature and air, as well as in-place maturity and strength.

The overall goal is to achieve green concrete of consistent quality and workmanship across all projects. The use of green concrete significantly decreases carbon emissions by reducing the use of cement, water, field labor, unnecessary truck idling, and wastage of concrete due to quality issues.

In this report, Bechtel Fellow and Senior Principal Engineer Javeed Munshi discusses the necessary steps to achieve green concrete on all Bechtel projects and what it means for the industry and our customers.