Kestrel Weather & Environmental Meters & Construction

Construction and building trades require skill, knowledge and experience to deliver solid results. Weather can negatively affect even the best laid efforts. Kestrel Weather & Environmental Meters allow you to account for environmental  conditions that cost you time, money and labor.

Crane Operations

Strong winds impose additional loads on mobile cranes and affect stability. Exceeding the manufacturers’ stated wind speed limits can result in damage to the crane, or worse, surrounding structures and workers. In cold conditions, the Kestrel Meter gives the vital temperature and wind chill data needed to assess shock loading, crane hydraulics and derating of the crane as well as the safety of the personnel working in the cold conditions.

Concrete Placement

Plastic shrinkage cracks occur when the surface of the concrete dries rapidly and shrinks before it can gain sufficient tensile strength. When ambient conditions and concrete temperatures combine to produce conditions that create a high evaporation rate, the chances of the surface drying prematurely and shrinkage cracks forming increases. Use a Kestrel 3000 to measure the relative humidity, ambient temperature and wind velocity right where the concrete is being placed, then calculate the evaporation rate using reference charts.  Even better, use a Kestrel 5200 and get a direct readout of evaporation rate.  Either way, taking the steps needed to prevent plastic shrinkage cracking can save you thousands of dollars, and your reputation.

Steel Bridge Coating & Lining

Bridges and other large steel structures are painted with coatings that protect the integrity of the steel and prevent corrosion. It is critical to monitor ambient temperature, relative humidity and dewpoint as well as the surface temperature of the steel to ensure good adhesion and proper curing.  A Kestrel Meter does the job.

 

Outdoor Workers

OSHA is campaigning to prevent heat illness in outdoor workers and reports that every year thousands of workers become sick, and some even die, working in the heat. In every instance, accurate and localized measurement of heat stress conditions is a key component of a heat illness prevention plan. The Kestrel 5400 Heat Stress Tracker answers this need.

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