Hanson Implements QESTLab and QESTField

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Spectra QEST announces that Hanson, one of Australia’s leading suppliers of heavy building materials, has successfully implemented the industry leading combination of Spectra QEST’s QESTLab and QESTField software in its 27 laboratories throughout Australia.

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Hanson's willingness to innovate is again evident in the decision to be the first Australian concrete producer to replace paper dependant processes on the construction site with QESTField, enabling real time capture of field sampling and test data.

Hanson is utilizing Spectra QEST’s technologies in both its concrete and quarry testing facilities. It is the first Australian concrete producer to implement QESTField.

The implementation of Spectra QEST’s one integrated Laboratory Information Management System, QESTLab, has replaced the two separate systems that Hanson had previously been using in its daily operations. QESTLab has been specifically designed for use in the construction materials testing and geotechnical testing industries. The system takes care of all of Hanson’s concrete, aggregate, soil and asphalt testing software requirements. It is used to manage the laboratory operations as well as database and analyze test results and concrete production data.

By combining QESTLab with QESTField, Hanson is able to optimize its standardization and efficiency gains by realizing the same benefits in the field as in the laboratory. QESTField provides field technicians and inspectors with access to QESTLab in real-time, providing them with electronic access to the latest laboratory information and work orders and providing laboratory staff with instant access to field data.

Spectra QEST Executive Director, Technology, Dirk Janek said, “We are excited to be working with Hanson, a company that we view as a leader in the use of information technology in the construction materials industry. Their willingness to innovate is again evident in the decision to be the first Australian concrete producer to replace paper dependant processes on the construction site with QESTField, enabling real time capture of field sampling and test data."

About Hanson
Hanson is one of Australia’s leading suppliers of heavy building materials to the construction industry. Hanson produces high quality premixed and precast concrete, as well as aggregates including crushed rock, sand, gravel, crusher dust and road base. It operates plants, laboratories and quarries across all of Australia’s states and territories. Hanson is part of the HeidelbergCement group, which employs 45,000 people in more than 40 countries.

For more information about Hanson visit the company’s website at http://www.hanson.com.au.

About Spectra QEST
Spectra QEST is a software development and services company specializing in solutions for the construction materials engineering, testing, inspection and production industries. Founded in January 1984, Spectra QEST offers the most comprehensive construction materials quality platform on the market today. With offices located in Adelaide, South Australia, and Sacramento, California, it services customers in North America, Europe, Australasia and the Middle East. These customers include leading international construction companies, construction materials and geotechnical engineering companies, construction materials manufacturers, and government bodies.

Spectra QEST’s technology has been honored with an American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Gold Medal for Engineering Excellence (Texas) and an ACEC National Recognition Award for the QESTField product. Also, Spectra QEST was successful in winning Australia’s premier IT industry award, the 2013 iAwards, both at State and National levels. Also in 2013, Spectra QEST won the Business SA Export Award.

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