Concrete and Batch Plants: Materials and Types

concrete and batch plantsConcrete is the composite material used to construct some of the world’s most magnificent infrastructure projects. From highways to bridges and even skyscrapers, concrete acts as a durable material strong enough to withstand the forces of nature. Concrete can be modeled into a variety of shapes for different uses depending on the project. After a concrete mix has hardened and set, its quality is dependent upon the properties used in the mixture. The mixing of these properties happens at a batch plant.


A batch plant, commonly referred to as a concrete plant or batching plant, is a combination of devices used to combine a variety of different ingredients to form concrete. Depending on the construction project, the type of material used to create the concrete can differ. Some materials used may include sand, water, fly ash, aggregate rocks and gravel, potash, and cement. G3 Quality’s local materials experts are active in California’s evolving specifications. Our team has extensive knowledge of local materials, environmental conditions, and material production. Our experts use their expertise in this area to specialize in materials design and research services. We can suggest the best materials to use in your concrete mixture or assess the quality of a pre-existing concrete foundation. G3 field inspectors  inspect and test these materials for your concrete.

Two-Types of Batch Plants

There are two types of concrete batch plants. There are ready-mix plants and central-mix plants. Ready-mix plants combine all of the materials except for water at the concrete plant. This mixture is put into a concrete transportation truck and taken to the project site where water is added. The water and concrete input materials are mixed on the way to the site inside the transit mixer. A central-mix plant combines its ingredients, including water, at a central location and is transported to the construction site as a final ready-made project. 

G3 Quality

Our field services provide inspection and testing services for some of the complex and intricate infrastructure projects. G3 has customized project-specific and concrete laboratories. We can evaluate and suggest mixture formulas for asphalt and concrete pavement projects and more. 

At G3 Quality, we are industry leaders who are always embracing change and excellence. We are an elite team of engineers and professionals who provide world-class quality management, pavement engineering, materials design, construction inspection, and testing on infrastructure projects throughout California and the Western United States. 

To learn more about how G3 Quality can contribute knowledge, expertise, consulting, and professional services to your project, contact us.