Court fines ex-Universal Concrete QC manager $700K for falsifying records

Sources: U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Alexandria; CP staff

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia has obtained a $700,567 judgment against Andrew Nolan, a former quality control manager for Pennsylvania-based Universal Concrete Products Corp. The fine follows an August 2018 agreement in which he pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit wire fraud by falsifying air content test results on the federally funded Dulles Metrorail Project in northern Virginia. 

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Falsified air test results catch up with quality control manager

Sources: U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Virginia, Alexandria; CP staff

A former concrete quality control manager pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit wire fraud in connection with the U.S. Department of Transportation-funded Dulles Metrorail Project Phase II, an 11.4-mile stretch of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority’s (MWAA) 26-mile Silver Line extension. 

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New ASTM C09 guide gauges mix performance, material compatibility

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

ASTM Subcommittee C09.48 on Performance of Cementitious Materials and Admixture Combinations’ working document, WK40615 Guide for Comparing Performance of Concrete Materials Using Mortar Mixtures, standardizes longstanding material-performance investigation protocol.

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Quality control trumps tradition in Amerimix “Ditch the Sand Pile” campaign

An educational effort by Amerimix, the bagged product brand in Oldcastle Architectural’s Echelon Masonry portfolio, encourages block and brick building professionals to “Ditch the Sand Pile” and embrace pre-blended mortar, which can be mixed 50 percent faster and provide economic and time advantages on the jobsite compared to field mixing. The latter method requires cement and lime to be mixed with sand (usually in a pile), while eyeballing the right material combination, avoiding clumps or having the fine aggregate compromised by weather or environmental factors.

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NPCA opens revised Quality Control Manual to review, comments

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

The NPCA Quality Assurance Committee invites association members to weigh in on recently ratified changes for the Quality Control Manual for Precast Concrete Plants, 13th Edition. Through year’s end, it is accepting input on changes to Concrete Testing, Pipe, Box Culvert and other sections of the manual, which serves as the basis for NPCA Plant Certification.

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NCMA endorses ACI Masonry Testing Technician references in key TMS specs

Sources: American Concrete Institute, Farmington Hills, Mich.; CP staff

The Masonry Society’s TMS 402/602-16: Building Code Requirements and Specifications for Masonry sets new technician requirements to reinforce quality control measures surrounding concrete or clay units, mortar, grout and prism or scaled-wall specimen testing. Contractors, engineers or owner’s representatives can meet the requirements, published in December 2016, by enlisting ACI-certified Masonry Testing Technicians.

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Pavement Dowel Bar Standard Advances Quality Control, Assurance Measures

The forthcoming ASTM E3013, Test Method for Evaluating Concrete Pavement Dowel Bar Alignment Using Magnetic Pulse Induction, will reinforce quality control and quality assurance measures behind durable, smooth mainline highways and airport runways. New to North America, magnetic pulse induction a) measures steel dowel alignment in concrete pavement joints, where the bars transfer loads from one slab to the next; and, b) yields data with which agencies or owners can determine if the dowel installation meets project specs.

 
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Aggregate Industries comes clean on best truck wash down practices

Aggregate Industries US is the installation of automated, drive-through mixer truck wash down equipment.

Augmenting a policy to keep vehicles in drive or forward gear at Aggregate Industries US is the installation of automated, drive-through mixer truck wash down equipment—a best management practice with safety, quality control and water conservation benefits. Aggregate Industries US began piloting water spray systems at four Minnesota plants in 2008. It enlisted a commercial vehicle wash equipment specialist, Key Solutions of Dassel, Minn., to tailor mixer-suited nozzle bars and racks, and oversee system engineering and installation.

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