SFRS is routinely cored from shotcrete test panels or in-place shotcrete linings without difficulty. The shotcrete should, however, have a minimum compressive strength of about 10 MPa (1450 psi) at the time of coring.
Round panel testing of flexural toughness of fiber-reinforced shotcrete to ASTM C1550 is often specified and used for quality control (QC) purposes in tunneling and mining projects in North America and elsewhere (for example, mines in Australia) virtually every day of the year.