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C09 standardizes electrical current-based permeability measurement

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

ASTM Committee C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates’ new C1876-19 standard presents a test method aimed at improving concrete durability assessment through measuring resistance to electrical current flow. Ability to resist such currents, along with exposure to aggressive fluids, depends on concrete pore size and porosity.

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Charah, California’s Diversified Minerals plan pozzolan processing

Sources: Charah Solutions Inc., Louisville, Ky.; CP staff

Charah Solutions will open a facility using patented grinding technologies to mill supplementary cementitious materials (SCM) at a Diversified Minerals Inc. processing and terminal site in Oxnard, Calif., 60 miles outside Los Angeles. 

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App accelerates ACI technician, inspector certification checks

Source: American Concrete Institute, Farmingon Hills, Mich.

The new Verify app allows users to quickly and easily confirm American Concrete Institute-certified individuals’ status by name or certification ID number. ACI has certified 400,000-plus concrete finishers, technicians, supervisors, inspectors and managers since the 1980s, and counts more than more than 123,000 active certifications across 25-plus programs worldwide.

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K. Watson Jr. shifts from Summit COO to Forterra CEO

Sources: Forterra Inc., Irving, Texas; CP staff

Karl Watson Jr. has transitioned from executive vice president and chief operating officer of Denver-based Summit Materials to chief executive officer and board member of Forterra Inc., a top concrete pipe and precast drainage structure producer. He arrives with 30-plus years in management and executive roles at major heavy building materials operators and, Forterra notes, “a track record of effectively leading through numerous business cycles and improving financial results.”

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Google sister firm eyes timber en masse for Toronto complex

Sources: Sidewalk Labs LLC, New York; CP staff

Mass timber is the structural material of choice for low to high rise buildings in a Toronto waterfront development championed by investor Sidewalk Labs, an urban environment-driven business under Google parent company Alphabet Inc. A Master Innovations and Development Plan tracks work through 2040 for the Sidewalk Toronto project.

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