Ready mixed producers cut carbon footprint by double digits

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Data behind a new National Ready Mixed Concrete Association life cycle assessment report for cast-in-place concrete shows how ready mixed producers, through more efficient use of portland cement, have cut the respective carbon footprints of 4,000- and 8,000-psi orders by 13 percent and 20 percent since 2014. Armed with results from a survey of 155 member producers operating 1,954 ready mixed plants, the association analyzed data on material throughput and other metrics reflecting net energy consumption in slabs or structures.

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Ready mixed producers’ 2015 market confidence remains on upward trajectory

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

Based on April Producer Confidence Survey responses, NRMCA’s latest industry confidence index reached a 75.1 level for the first quarter of 2015—amid a stock market at historic highs, positive companion economic indicators, and shipment figures showing 2014 as the first year since 2008 where U.S. per capita ready mixed concrete consumption eclipsed one yard.

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Loyal, upbeat employees propel Ozinga Bros. to Top Workplace ranks

Sources: Ozinga Bros, Inc., Mokena, Ill.; CP staff

Results from a survey gauging staff sentiments on daily work activities, impressions of management and company direction earned one of the Midwest’s premier ready mixed producers inclusion in the Chicago Tribune’s Top Workplaces for 2014.

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Revised ACI 318 Code streamlines concrete mix, performance references

Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.; American Concrete Institute, Farmington Hills, Mich.; CP staff

In an overview for ready mixed producers on the reorganized ACI-318, Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete, NRMCA Senior Vice President, Engineering Colin Lobo notes how the just-released version: consolidates concrete mixture-specific references from 318-11 Chapters 3 (Materials), 4 (Durability) and 5 (Strength and Construction Issues) into new Chapters 19 (Concrete: Design and Durability Requirements) and 26 (Construction Documents and Inspection). The reorganization of these sections permitted an evaluation and elimination of some Code provisions related to concrete mixtures and construction when better addressed in other referenced standards.

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Pour function enriches latest Tekla Structures

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A leader in bringing building information modeling (BIM) software and online tools to the architectural, engineering and construction markets, Tekla Inc. has included in its latest version of 3D modeling software, Tekla Structures 19, a new graphic feature to help contractors and ready mixed producers plan concrete orders in optimal delivery sequences.

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