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Steel fiber specialist Helix advances Direct Tension concrete testing methodology

Sources: Helix Steel, Ann Arbor, Mich.; CP staff

A proprietary test described in ASTM International’s Journal of Testing and Evaluation provides for direct comparison of steel fiber and conventional rebar concrete specimen tensile properties, according to Helix Steel, developer of Twisted Steel Micro Reinforcement.

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ASTM prevails in infringement suit against ‘Public Resources’ site operator

Sources: ASTM International, West Conshocken, Pa.; CP staff

A U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruling permanently enjoins Public.Resource.org from infringement of nine ASTM, ASHRAE and National Fire Protection Association copyrighted codes and standards. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit listing a Sebastopol, Calif., headquarters, Public.Resource.org had posted the standards developments organizations’ (SDO) documents on a site billed as “Making Government Information More Accessible.”

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Cemex USA leaves nothing to chance in headquarters materials specs

Sources: Cemex USA, Houston; CP staff

The new home of 200-plus Cemex USA headquarters staff is designed to tell the story of company products through the use and display of concrete, cement and aggregate. Lending an industrial feel, effects include polished concrete hallway floors, cement-based wall tile treatments and handrails fabricated from rebar, which is also used as a circular ring bearing video monitors in the facility’s Customer Experience Center.

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Cement producers affirm capacity for boosts in public work, infrastructure

Sources: Portland Cement Association, Skokie, Ill.; CP staff

U.S. cement manufacturers have ample production capacity to meet increased demand from infrastructure revitalization efforts the Trump administration and Congress are contemplating, a PCA analysis finds. The industry is operating at roughly 79 percent of capacity, estimated at 108 million metric tons per year; coupled with terminal storage and transfer capabilities, PCA estimates, it is capable of supplying more than 150 million metric tons annually.

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