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Quikrete Cos. and Energy Department partner on 3D-printed concrete project

Atlanta-based Quikrete Companies and the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tennessee, have entered a cooperative research and development agreement to design next-generation concrete for production of large-scale structures or elements through a 3D printing process (see “Sweet Success,” page 50). Using an Oak Ridge-developed additive manufacturing system, the two-phase, two-year collaboration will target specially-formulated mixes spawning new construction capabilities.

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Programmer opens artificial intelligence-enabled inspection app to agencies

Shortly after governments around the globe effected isolation measures in response to the coronavirus pandemic, Dynamic Infrastructure announced the availability of its artificial intelligence technology, free of charge, to departments of transportation and public private partnerships (P3). The New York- and Tel Aviv-based technology developer equips agencies to remotely manage critical bridge and tunnel maintenance and generates files with full analyses of their transportation assets.

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Labor Department apprenticeship program rule respects construction trades’ turf

A Department of Labor rule effective next month establishes a system to advance development of Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs (IRAP) and guidelines for third-party stakeholders to become Standards Recognition Entities (SRE). The rule reflects input from a July-August 2019 public comment period during which the Department’s Employment and Training Administration logged a record 326,798 responses.

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Feds move to put integrity, transparency into reporting on union trusts

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) has penned a final rule to establish the “Form T-1” Trust Annual Report, requiring unions to file yearly financials concerning their trusts. The reports will increase financial transparency and ensure that rank-and-file have access to information about union transactions.

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Steep restitution, sentence cap case of aggregate procurement contract fraud

A judge in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, Fresno Division recently sentenced Chester L. Neal, Jr. of Bourbon Oak, Mo., to 57 months in jail and ordered him to pay $3.735 million in restitution following a guilty plea to one count of mail fraud. Admissions in connection with the plea indicate a July 2008–December 2017 scheme during which the defendant landed contracts to purchase and transport rock, gravel and other raw materials to federal agency sites.

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