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Coreslab enables New Mexico State ultra-HPC girder research

Sources: New Mexico State University (NMSU), Las Cruces; CP staff

With specimen production and handling assistance from Coreslab Structures in Albuquerque, an NMSU graduate student team is conducting flexural tests on large-scale prestressed girders designed with steel fiber-reinforced, ultra high performance concrete mixes, to be followed by similar testing on full-scale beams.

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International Concrete Sustainability Conference: Call for papers

Source: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.

NRMCA is seeking candidate presentations for the 2015 International Concrete Sustainability Conference, May 11–13 at the Intercontinental Miami Hotel. The 10th annual conference will provide learning and networking opportunities on the latest advances, technical knowledge, continuing research, tools and solutions for sustainable concrete design, production and practice.

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NLRB clears path for Operating Engineers decertification vote at Allied Stone

Sources: National Labor Relations Board; CP staff

In a case involving one of 12 crushed stone or sand & gravel operations under Moline, Ill.-based RiverStone Group Inc., the NLRB affirms a contract bar doctrine limiting to three years the window during which a collective bargaining agreement restricts unit members from pursuing a vote to decertify their union.

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Cost index: Gulf Coast harbors strongest cement, concrete pricing supports

Source: IHS Inc., El Segundo, Calif.

The latest IHS Engineering and Construction Cost Index (ECCI) finds cement and concrete markets well supplied nationally, but with pockets of tightness developing—none more so than along the Gulf Coast, where delivery issues and labor constraints are driving price increases.

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