Dipstick Ensures Quality Concrete at Tokai

By Mark Tacazon

On the Leeward side of the island of Oahu, the Hawaii division is hard at work at the Hawaii Tokai International College in Kapolei. As the division strives to create quality, self-performed concrete slabs, the project engineers are learning to use the Face Dipstick® to take readings and assist the flatwork crews in improving flatness and levelness.

Project Engineer Jordan Urabe has been on the project since the start and has been working frequently with the Face Dipstick. "The project engineers study the importance of FF [floor flatness] and FL [floor levelness] numbers and learn how to generate a Dipstick 'run plan' where they will take the readings on the slab and coordinate with the flatwork crews,” says Jordan. Because of the area's varied weather conditions, gaining this information is crucial to the process. “After the data is collected, the project engineers analyze the numbers against the conditions and share the information with the superintendents, general foremen, and field crews to make adjustments and improve on the next slab pour,” Jordan explains. It is through embracing and utilizing this technology that we can develop better builders and become the contractor of choice in concrete flatwork. The Tokai project is expected to be completed by May 2015, giving Jordan and his team ample time to perfect the art of the Dipstick.

This will be the second campus of Tokai International College in Hawaii, with its original campus located in Honolulu. This is a design-assist project consisting of a 48,000-square-foot classroom building, a 37,000-square-foot student housing building, an 8,000-square-foot multipurpose building, a 1,000-square-foot maintenance building, and exterior improvements.