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Construction interests salute Environmental Policy Act streamlining

Sources: White House Briefing Room; Unlocking American Investment Coalition, Washington, D.C.

The Portland Cement Association and National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association are among 35 members of Unlocking American Investment, a new U.S. Chamber of Commerce-led coalition supporting National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) revisions that will help cut typical infrastructure project permitting phases by more than 50 percent against current metrics.  

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EPA turns toward new heavy-duty engine emissions standards

Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler will advance his Cleaner Trucks Initiative, outlined in November 2018, with a proposed rulemaking to establish new, more stringent oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and other pollutant emissions standards for heavy-duty diesel engines powering on-highway trucks.

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Robotic mason’s tale lands on pages of Simon & Schuster

Sources: Avid Reader Press, New York; Construction Robotics Inc., Victor, N.Y.; CP staff

Author Jonathan Waldman profiles Construction Robotics’ development of the Semi-Automated Mason (SAM) and Material Unit Lift Enhancer (MULE) machines for laying brick and block in SAM – One Robot, a Dozen Engineers and the Race to Revolutionize the Way We Build. Simon & Schuster imprint Avid Reader presents the 288-page book as “A true story of innovation, centered on a scrappy team of engineers—far from the Silicon Valley limelight—and their quest to achieve a surprisingly difficult technological feat: building a robot that can lay bricks.”

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Committee opens call for Greenbuild 2020 presentation proposals

Source: U.S. Green Building Council, Washington, D.C.

Organizers of the 2020 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, November 4-7, San Diego, are accepting education session proposals through February 10. Individuals, companies, organizations or agencies with green building perspectives in architecture, engineering, construction and planning are invited to submit outlines covering such topics Materials, Infrastructure Systems, Resilience, Building Peformance, Energy Efficiency, Affordable Housing, and Smart Buildings. The Greenbuild 2020 education program will run concurrent with networking, USGBC committee and exposition activities at the San Diego Convention Center. Additional information on submissions can be obtained from the Greenbuild Program Team, [email protected]

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Partnership applies data science to mix design, curing, finished concrete

Sources: Solidia Technologies, Piscataway, N.J.; Uncountable Inc., San Francisco; CP staff

Solidia Technologies has teamed with start up Uncountable to build an analytics platform expediting research & development and commercial application surrounding the former company’s low carbon cement and concrete. Using data science, machine learning and artificial intelligence, the platform will equip Solidia and its customers to improve production and finished elements or structures by trialing myriad concrete formulations without years of experimentation. It serves as a bridge between a northern New Jersey headquarters lab and optimization at concrete plants during pilot and commercial phases.

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