E-Concrete Protocol by SSM

Issue 80 - March 2018

A business alliance protocol between the Undersecretariat for Defense Industries and the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization General Directorate of Construction, with the participation of the Undersecretary for Defense Industries Prof. İsmail Demir and the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization Prof. Mustafa Öztürk was signed on 4 January 2018 in order to electronically control the concrete used in construction in Turkey.

Amongst the duties of the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization is to take the necessary precautions for the supervision of construction to ensure quality and safe construction in accordance with the standards / projects and to ensure the safety of life and property. Reinforced concrete, the most preferred construction system in construction, which constitute the building stock in the country, affects 100% of the construction safety of the concrete in the carcass system. Even at low rates, there are some faults, losses and leakages in concrete quality in the production area, construction site and laboratory environments. In this context, by combining the experience and know-how of the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization for construction applications with the technical capability, experience and knowledge in monitoring, security and information technology in the Turkish Defense Industry, an e-concrete application (with chips) will be initiated. It is aimed to minimize the fault, loss and leakage rates to zero in the future.

With this protocol, following the R&D studies in the second half of 2018, it is planned that the concrete inspection will be done more efficiently by using RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) tags throughout the country. Each of the processes for determining conformity of the concrete used in construction to the standards/projects will be monitorable by the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization. In addition, any interference, except for the Ministry’s consent, cannot be made to the chips or devices where the tests are performed, and the results will be transferred directly to the software system. Within one year following the activation of this system (namely EBIS), the chips to be used will be provided domestically by Aselsan. 

The studies for the integration of the e-concrete system with e-government system, which will enable the results of inspection and testing to be shared with the building owners or users, will be carried out simultaneously. Thus, it is considered that the construction supervision services will be subject to a natural test.

Also, the aim is that the production of the RFID tags, which are produced by a limited number of producers in the world and used in many industries, are to be rendered in Turkey within a short period of time and that the use of such domestic and national RFID tags will be provided for use not only the construction sector but also in other sectors.