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Eyeing volume production of finished, precast concrete modules, Compact Habit S.L of Spain has introduced the eMii System (the Spanish acronym for “integral industrialized modular building”). The company is currently in discussions with precast producers, general contractors and developers for prospective system licensees in North America.

After several years of successful project completion in the Southeast, Smart Structures has begun expanding the use of its SmartPile System nationally and internationally.

After a four-and-half-year struggle with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, inventor John August received US Patent #7905070 for an “Interlocking Mortarless Structural Concrete Block Building System.” Years went by as the assigned examiner kept denying his claims; each time the inventor had to rebut the examiner’s take on the proposed patent, but finally 18/22 claims were approved.

The Shuttlelift SB 70ʼs North American concrete market debut has seen Lafarge Calgary Pipe abandon a tandem method for transferring heavier product—yard forklift coupled with rental crane—and typically complete such operations with one versus four crew members.