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ACI sets 24-city schedule for 318-14 Building Code seminar

The American Concrete Institute is offering a seminar in 24 cities, February–May, on the newly-released ACI 318-14, Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete and Commentary. The new ACI 318-14 represents the first major change in Code organization in over 40 years and has been completely reorganized from a designer’s perspective.

 

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PRODUCERS - February 2015

Dallas-based cement, aggregate and ready mixed producer Eagle Materials Inc. has appointed Michael Haack to chief operating officer, a post created in response to the company’s continued strategic expansion in construction and energy-related markets. He joins Eagle from Halliburton Energy Services, where over a 17-year career he assumed key operating roles, most recently managing global operations for Sperry Drilling, a multi-billion dollar division serving Halliburton operations in every major global oil and gas market. Haack earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Rice University, and holds a Master of Science degree from Texas A&M University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University, both in Industrial Engineering.

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Lafarge joins heavyweight investors in Solidia Technologies funding round

A key player in technology-targeted venture capital, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) has led a third or Series C Round of funding for New Jersey-based Solidia Technologies, whose integrated cement and concrete production and curing processes lower net carbon dioxide emissions when measured against portland cement alternatives. KPCB, Bright Capital, BASF and BP have recommitted to the business in the current round, and are joined by Lafarge Group and another French entity, Total Energy Ventures; and, Sun Microsystems cofounder Bill Joy, who has served on the Solidia board as a KPCB partner.

 

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PCI Foundation firms up 2015 university commitments; launches professor program

BRF-PCI-150The PCI Foundation serves as a not-for-profit organization to foster improvement of the quality and sustainability of the built environment. Programs work in conjunction with Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute content to create a liaison between the precast industry and education. PCIF has sponsored programs in schools of architecture, engineering and construction management since 2007. Executive Director Marty McIntyre recently announced plans for the new year.

 

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Charah contracts extend C618-Grade ash options for midwest producers

Coal combustion products (CCP) management specialist Charah Inc. has entered into or renewed agreements involving three Louisville Gas & Electric Co. and Kentucky Utilities Co. facilities: Mill Creek Generating Station in Jefferson County, Trimble County Generating Station, and Ghent Generating Station near Carrollton, Ky. The Louisville-based operator expects to market the stations’ fly ash to ready mixed producers throughout the Midwest, providing them multiple supply options of high quality, ASTM C618 Class F product.

 

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