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NCMA, ICC update concrete masonry wall spec for metal building systems

Source: National Concrete Masonry Association, Herndon, Va.

The International Code Council and Metal Building Manufacturers Association have teamed with NCMA for the second edition of Concrete Masonry Walls for Metal Building Systems.

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Evansville hosts 2011 National Concrete Canoe Competition

Source: American Society of Civil Engineers, Reston, Va.

University of Evansville civil engineering students and faculty will welcome peers from 23 schools to southern Indiana for the National Concrete Canoe Competition. The June 16-18 event will see student teams compete in four categories: canoe aesthetics and structural integrity; technical design paper highlighting their planning, development, testing and construction; academic presentation covering their canoe’s design, construction, racing ability and other innovative features; and, canoe and paddlers’ performance in men’s and women’s slalom/endurance and sprint races, plus co-ed sprints.

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$225K EPA grant moves recycled glass cement substitute toward market

Sources: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; CP staff

On the heels of research detailed in its “Value-Added Use of Milled Mixed-Color Waste Glass as a Supplementary Cementitious Material in Environmentally Friendly and Energy-Efficient Concrete Building Construction” report, Lansing, Mich.-based Technova Corp. is among 10 recipients sharing $2.25 million in grants under the EPA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program.

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Concrete Tech program set for fall 2011 semester in Alpena, July open house

Source: Alpena (Mich.) Community College (ACC)

At the urging of industry and community partners, ACC is reopening the two-year Concrete Technology program, recruiting freshman candidates to fill 35 slots and announcing first-come, first-served availability of 20 $500 ACC Foundation scholarships for first-year students. The program offers an associate’s degree with general curriculum plus courses involving hands-on instruction related to materials technology, mix production and concrete product machinery.

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OSHA conducts national survey on employers’ safety management systems

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety & Health Administration

A recently launched survey of private sector employees under OSHA’s jurisdiction will continue through July, with data collection anticipated in August. The Baseline Survey of Safety and Health Practices will be used to better design future rules, compliance assistance and outreach efforts. As many as 19,000 private sector employers nationwide will receive the survey; participation is voluntary.

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