Sailesh Thaker, SDTC’s VP of Industry and Stakeholder Relations, recently wrote to EcoSmart to thank us for our efforts and success in the SOS project. As well as moving Canada forward in its efforts to develop cleaner technologies, Sailesh noted that we have helped SDTC win additional funds for its mandate: “The success of your company and its path to commercialization has been integral in gaining the recapitalization. Companies such as yours are true success stories that have helped us show great results to the government.”
EcoSmart is very appreciative of the support SDTC has given us in recent years, and commends the government on its vision in providing substantial additional support to SDTC, as was announced in the 2013 budget. SDTC’s support was instrumental in helping EcoSmart and its many partners promote the use of supplementary cementing materials in Canada and throughout the world, with excellent success.
We look forward to working further with SDTC on the many clean technology opportunities EcoSmart is developing.
The objective is to provide an enabling environment for the development, diffusion, deployment, and transfer of a cost-effective, cleaner, and more efficient alternative to cement. It is based on an existing technology, complements current efforts of the China cement industry, and engages construction industry main stakeholders, research institutions, governmental, and non-governmental organizations.Canada, which has emerged as a world-leader in the use of High Volume SCM concrete, is prepared to share its experience and knowledge and exchange information with other Asia Pacific Partnership (APP) countries in an effort to support the common goal of developing and implementing clean development strategies and efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This initiative, in helping to reduce the overall GHG intensity of cementing material by addressing practical barriers, contributes to the APP mission and objectives. It is proposed to share Canadian SCM expertise with Chinese partners and lay the groundwork for extension and transfer of related Canadian technologies and knowledge such as the SOS program.
The SCM Optimization System (SOS) is a decision-making system that enables the reduction of the quantity of Portland cement in concrete by determining the optimum level of replacement by supplementary cementing material (SCM).There is an increasing awareness amongst the building industry that the use of high levels of supplementary cementing materials (SCMs) in concrete can bring substantial benefits in terms of performance, cost, and constructability in addition to dramatic improvements to sustainability and the greenhouse gas (GHG) signature of concrete construction. However, there is also concern about potential pitfalls, such as lower setting time, longer curing requirements, or the potential for SCMs to introduce harmful chemicals into the concrete. To address these concerns, a partnership led by EcoSmart is developing a ‘SCM Optimization System’ or SOS, a web-based decision-making system to provide online expert guidance concerning all aspects of, and the optimum use of, SCMS at all stages of construction – through concept, structural design, materials selection and proportioning, to construction management and implementation. The system will assemble and package the scientific and technical knowledge, experience and intellectual property of members of a partnership composed of concrete experts, university professors, researchers, structural and material engineers, architects, developers, contractors, cement manufacturers, SCM producers, and ready-mixed concrete suppliers. Ref: SOS CSCE Paper See also: SOS Project approved by SDTC