Giatec Expert to Steer Standardizing Corrosion Detection

Giatec Scientific Inc Logo - Standardizing Corrosion DetectionGiatec, a leader in concrete testing technologies, has announced that their head of research and development will be helping in standardizing corrosion detection. Andrew Fahim, M.Sc.E., has been chosen to join the ASTM WK68960 and ASTM G01.11.5: “New Test Method for Measuring Corrosion Rate of Uncoated Reinforcing Steel in Concrete” committee.  

As no standard currently exists, this ASTM committee has been established. The main objective is to review and standardize proposed methods for use in measuring the corrosion rate of uncoated reinforcing steel in field and laboratory concrete.  

Giatec’s authority in the field of concrete testing and corrosion detection led to Mr. Fahim’s appointment to the ASTM committee. Last year, the company’s non-destructive testing device, iCOR, the most advanced wireless corrosion measurement device for evaluating the health of reinforced concrete structures, was presented the 2019 Corrosion Innovation Award by the National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE).  

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The iCOR has been used for the condition assessments in many projects, including the Federal Bridge Corporation, Public Works Canada, and CTL Group. Of the iCOR device, Dr. Jose Pacheo of CTL Group said “The iCOR has proved to be robust on-site and I am confident in the results that I see. My favorite feature is that data on corrosion rate, concrete resistivity, and half-cell potential can be recorded simultaneously. This information is essential when interpreting the rate of corrosion deterioration”. 

The iCOR uses patented CEPRA technology. This technology provides unprecedented levels of accuracy.  detecting the health of concrete structures in a matter of seconds. Other detection systems to assess corrosion must either physically attach to rebar by drilling into concrete, or through other invasive means. The iCOR can measure the condition of major structures without either damaging them or compromising their integrity.  

“I am very excited to lead ASTM’s efforts on standardizing the measurement of rebar corrosion rate. At Giatec we deeply believe in the role that standards play in the construction industry. Contributing to these standards is a big part of our vision” says Mr. Fahim. 

Monitoring and inspecting reinforced steel for corrosion happens  in concrete structures, particularly bridges. This is so experts can locate areas with corrosion activity, predict future damage. They can also identify areas in distress due to corrosion and plan for repair and rehabilitation strategies.  

About Giatec 

Giatec Scientific Inc. is a global company revolutionizing the construction industry. They are doing this by bringing smart testing technologies and also real-time data collection to the forefront of every jobsite. Giatec’s suite of both hardware and software products has leveraged advanced technologies such as; Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Internet of Things (IoT), including; wireless concrete sensors, mobile apps, and also advanced non-destructive technologies (NDT) to drive innovation throughout concrete’s lifecycle. For more information, you can also visit

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