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Researchers track graphene admixtures’ decade-long emergence

Sources: IDTechEX Research, Boston; CP staff

A new article, “Graphene: The evolving application landscape,” projects early prototype and semi-commercial prototype phases over the next 8-10 years for concrete, cement and asphalt additives bearing graphene or carbon nanotubes. That observation is consistent with lab or field demonstrations by a handful of admixture developers eyeing performance properties attainable in finished concrete through dosages of nano-scale cylinders with wall thicknesses the diameter of a single carbon atom.

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Sika, celebrity architect BIG team on 3D printing demonstration

Sources: Sika AG, Baar, Switzerland; CP staff

The parent of Sika Corp. is partnering with one of the world’s top architects, Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), to showcase 3D concrete printing capabilities at the “Formgiving” Exhibition in Copenhagen, Denmark. Running through January 2020 in the architect’s home base, the exhibition focuses on the future of construction and how it shapes the planet. 

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Green Globes standard attains ANSI consensus designation

Sources: Green Building Initiative, Portland, Ore.; CP staff

The Green Building Initiative’s new Green Globes Assessment Protocol for Commercial Buildings version, revised with content on resilience and life cycle cost analysis, has been approved as a American National Standards Institute consensus standard. GBI President Vicki Worden attributes the designation to “more than 230 public meetings to deliberate the latest science and research, baselines, and market advancements since the last update.”

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Artificial intelligence, drone specialists retool concrete bridge inspection

Sources: Dynam.AI, San Diego; GBA, Lenexa, Kan.; CP staff

Dynam.AI, a provider of end-to-end artificial intelligence (AI) for businesses, and GBA, engineering and architecture solutions developer, have entered a partnership to refine methods of identifying and assessing bridge defects—a market whose potential is underscored in a 2019 American Road & Transportation Builders Association report indicating 47,000-plus crossings deemed structurally deficient.

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Oldcastle Infrastructure broadens Pacific NW base with Granite Precasting

Sources: Oldcastle Infrastructure, Atlanta

On the heels of similar bolt-on transactions involving Pacific Northwest operators Quality Concrete Products and Valley Precast, Oldcastle Infrastructure has acquired Granite Precasting & Concrete Inc., a Bellingham, Wash. producer of manholes, catch basins and storm water drainage components, plus structures serving energy and communications sectors.

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