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In some countries like Britain, specification for concrete does not normally require cube tests for standard mixes of concrete. The quality control of standard mixes in Britain is achieved by checking if the appropriate mix proportions are adopted during the mixing of concrete. However, in Hong Kong the requirement of testing for compressive strength is still required for standard mixes in the specification because it is impractical to inspect and check all constituent materials (e.g. cement, aggregates etc.) for concrete for compliance.
As there is high variability in mixing materials owing to variance in the origin of production of constituent materials in Hong Kong, there is a risk that the end-product concrete does not comply with the design requirements even though the mix proportions of standard mixes are followed closely by engineers.