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Winning the War: Concrete Good for Combat and Construction

Winning the War: Concrete Good for Combat and Construction

When Major John Spencer was deployed to Iraq as an infantry soldier back in 2008, he knew that he would learn a lot about war and everything that goes along with it. What he didn’t know, according to a piece he penned for the Modern War Institute at West Point, was that he would also learn a lot about concrete, which has quickly become one of the most effective weapons for those in war zones.

Concrete Walls in IraqSpencer described a variety of ways that he and his fellow American soldiers utilized large concrete T-walls to provide protection for both the U.S. armed forces and Iraqi civilians. The T-walls, which were sometimes as high as 12 feet tall, were routinely placed along busy highways to prevent enemies from detonating IEDs easily. They were also used to cut off the supply lines of opposing forces and to make travel more difficult. Without concrete, Spencer wrote, soldiers wouldn’t have been able to “reduce violence and protect the local population” as effectively as they did throughout their deployment in Iraq.

During the war, which lasted for eight years, American forces devoted months and months of time to building concrete barriers throughout Baghdad and other major cities in Iraq. Spencer suggested that without these walls, there likely would have been a much larger number of lives lost. It’s why Spencer and others have recommended that the Pentagon think about utilizing concrete even more in the future whenever they need to provide protection in war zones.

While concrete has become a mainstay of soldiers stationed all across the world, the properties that make it such an effective material, like its strength and resiliency, are just as useful back home as well. Concrete is affordable and durable, and can be used for a number of construction projects. From installing a new concrete driveway to laying down the foundation for a new building, RG Smith Co. can work with you to plan a concrete construction as part of your repair, renovation or expansion projects. Call us today at 330-456-3415 or at our Mansfield office at 419-524-4778.

Reviewing the Three Common Types of Concrete Foundations

The key to any good construction project is a good foundation, especially when it comes to concrete. However, when it comes to concrete foundations, there are a few different options to consider. Let’s examine the three most commonly used types of foundations with the help of Concrete Network. T-Shape A T-shape foundation is typically used… Continue Reading

Maximizing the Strength and Durability of Your Pour

Installing concrete is a laborious task – one often best left to the experts. Unfortunately, concrete can easily crack when subjected to tension, which is why it is important to create a reinforced foundation for stability. For maximum strength and durability, the following tips should be followed when pouring concrete. Properly Excavate the Earth Although… Continue Reading

A Best Time to Pour Concrete?

With winter winding down and spring and summer arriving shortly, that means outdoor projects will soon be started as well. Many of these will involve the pouring of concrete to start. Before you go ahead and start pouring, be sure that you’re doing it under the optimal weather conditions. Considering concrete needs to dry once… Continue Reading

Concrete vs. Cement – Knowing the Difference

Many people don’t know the difference between concrete and cement or use the two terms interchangeably. There are several distinct differences between the two substances, however. Let’s take a look at a few of the differentiating factors that make the two materials unique. For starters, cement is actually an ingredient of concrete, meaning cement is… Continue Reading

Protecting or Repairing a Concrete Foundation from Moisture

Water, water everywhere … is the last thing you want to hear when it comes to your building’s foundation. A properly constructed concrete foundation will provide not only structural stability, but also prevent moisture from eroding walls or getting in to create an environment where mold and pests can thrive. While we build all of… Continue Reading

Determining Factors in Cement Strength

Discrepancy and weak spots in concrete is mostly due to lacking uniformity in raw material. This could be thanks to different  supply source, thicker and thinner consistency being mixed from the same supply source and also even mixing cement from different areas in the same quarry.     Differences in details of the process of… Continue Reading