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ORGANIZATIONS - AUGUST 2019

The National Precast Concrete Association is promoting the inaugural Precast Days as an event where producer members can provide engineers, specifiers, students, professors, and the community at large with a personal, up-close look at their operations. NPCA has set up a portal, www.precast.org/precastdays, through which members can choose a plant tour date during the last two weeks of October. The NPCA Board has approved funding to provide national marketing support for the event, including an extensive campaign in business-to-business publications, along with promotion in social media channels.

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PRODUCERS - AUGUST 2019

D. Michael Wilson, president and chief executive officer of specialty chemicals and high performance carbon materials specialist Ingevity Corp., has been elected to the Vulcan Materials Co. board, and will serve on the Audit and Safety, Health and Environmental Affairs Committees.

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Volvo tests artificial intelligence in truck safety

Volvo Trucks North America, along with automated vehicle software provider Perceptive Automata and customer Dependable Highway Express (DHE), is proving the potential to raise drivers’ safety performance by leveraging human intuition artificial intelligence that predicts pedestrian, cyclist and motorist actions. The manufacturer recognizes the need for improved safety for all road users, specifically to augment situational awareness and better anticipate human behavior while on the road. It demonstrated a proof-of-concept, based on Perceptive Automata’s artificial intelligence software, with a Volvo VNR 300 regional-haul model at DHE’s Ontario, Calif., headquarters.

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