Wood ‘bucks’ stop at masonry sites bearing Quick Headers lintel supports

Utah’s Quick Headers chose World of Concrete 2020 for the national debut of its removeable lintel shoring system, market ready after four years’ proof of concept work with masonry and general contractors in its home base. Following a solidly positive response in Las Vegas, including Mason Contractors Association of America “Innovative Find” nod, Quick Headers is targeting block & brick supply yards and equipment rental operators. The company cites the potential of its namesake assembly as a profitable addition to rental programs—one that has proved to be a safe, reliable, and significant time and cost savings replacement for traditional wood framed “bucks.”

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2D drawing sunset key to improving clarity and productivity

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BY WAYNE MAIURI, CSWP

How much time does your design team spend creating erection drawings? What if you could reduce that time by 50 percent or more? What if your erector could have a 3D view of each piece to be erected individually—and could quickly access all the necessary information to erect each piece without shuffling between multiple pages on a set of 2D erection drawings?

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Software expedites materials, underground structure takeoffs

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The new Agtek Underground software combines intuitive data entry with flexible reporting to speed up takeoffs and track production of storm, sewer, water and other underground utilities. Underground applies trench and pipe specifications to compute bedding, cover, backfill, pipe displacement and trench spoil for each run of pipe. It likewise reports pipe and lateral lengths, plus counts of joints, valves and other fittings.

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Concrete Fiber Solutions, Prairie Material ‘wired’ into mesh alternative

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Concrete Fiber Solutions (CFS), along with Prairie Material and Goebel Forming, recently completed a massive flooring installation at the 110 N. Wacker project in Chicago, utilizing steel fiber reinforced concrete in place of traditional wire mesh. The high-rise features composite metal deck floors reinforced with 25 lbs./yd. of CFS 150-5 fibers in lightweight concrete mixes. The fiber substitution contributed to increased worker safety and floor-finishing efficiency.

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Microsoft Azure platform anchors pavement contractor’s digital makeover

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Cloud service, custom application, advanced analytics, and managed enterprise service implementation specialist Sparkhound has customized mobile applications to streamline concrete or asphalt pavement project planning and business support operations for Texas-based Pavecon. From foremen providing onsite updates through smartphones or iPads, to back-office staff processing payroll in a fraction of customary time, the contractor’s paperwork has been significantly reduced while decision-makers have gained business insights through new data analytics.

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Shell Lubricants formulates cold climate-ready Rotella T6

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IThe new Shell Rotella T6 Full Synthetic 0W-40 heavy-duty diesel engine oil suits advanced engine technologies for on- and off-road vehicles. Formulated with Triple Protection Plus technology, the API CK-4 service category product is designed to provide protection against wear, deposits and oil breakdown, and offers excellent pumpability at low operating temperatures. An exclusive low ash formulation helps protect the exhaust catalysts and particulate filters found on the latest low emission diesel vehicles. Shell Lubricants engineers especially note these T6 performance characteristics:

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