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Building sector fuels precast market’s projected 6.4 percent annual growth

Sources: Freedonia Group, Cleveland; CP staff

Led by architectural and structural building product demand, U.S. precast concrete shipments are on track to rise from $8.9 billion in 2013 to $12.15 billion in 2018. Time-saving and quality control advantages will enable precast to capture more market share from cast-in-place and steel alternatives over the next four years, according to the authors of a new Freedonia study.

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Precision, Hayes integration fosters synergy in pre-stressed, post-tensioned practice

Sources: Actuant Corp., Menomonee Falls, Wis.; CP staff

New York Stock Exchange-traded Actuant Corp. has announced Precision-Hayes International, the combining of two businesses with global reach and significant brand recognition, plus reinforced concrete construction and energy infrastructure market presence. The move completes an integration of Sugar Land, Texas-based Hayes Industries, which Actuant acquired in 2014, eyeing synergy with its Precision Sure-Lock business.

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Precast webinar series: Form utilization, ‘medicated’ employees, lean production

Sources: National Precast Concrete Association, Carmel, Ind.; CP staff

The NPCA 2015 webinar series of monthly one-hour programs, each beginning at noon EST, explores a range of production, safety, quality control and management challenges:

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Penn professor pursues BIM for Masonry workflow research

Source: International Masonry Institute, Bowie, Md.

Building Information Modeling for Masonry Initiative (BIM-M) members have tasked University of Pennsylvania’s Dr. Franca Trubiano with reporting on brick and block construction workflows, spotlighting especially Huntsman Hall, a signature masonry building on her school’s Philadelphia campus.

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

Source: American Concrete Institute, Farmington Hills, Mich.

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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