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Testing service veteran takes helm of American Concrete Pipe Association

Sources: American Concrete Pipe Association, Irving, Texas; CP staff

Doug Dayton, P.E., has been named president of the American Concrete Pipe Association, transitioning from that same capacity at Professional Services Industries Inc., a major consulting engineer and construction materials testing firm.

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Robotics specialist cites 3D-printed concrete home milestone

Sources: SQ4D Inc., Patchogue, N.Y.; CP staff

An industrial and consumer 3D-printing equipment developer reports completion of the world’s largest permitted project of its kind to date: A three-bedroom home whose foundation, exterior walls and interior partitions were printed in 48 hours over a six-day window at a cost below $6,000. SQ4D deployed its Autonomous Robotic Construction System (ARCS) for the 1,900-sq.-ft., Calvern, N.Y. project.

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NPCA, PCI delineate plant certification requirements by product category

Sources: National Precast Concrete Association, Carmel, Ind.; Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, Chicago

The National Precast Concrete Association and Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute have issued Joint Concrete Products List (JCPL 11-19) to alleviate confusion regarding precast and prestressed concrete product certification programs and enable specifiers to easily determine whether products require NPCA or PCI certification, or whether either is allowable. The document ensures accurate specification of certification programs and that all appropriately certified plants are able to bid a project.

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3D printed concrete technology team turns to wind energy structures

Sources: Accucode Inc., Denver; CP staff

A $250,000 infusion from the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade’s Advanced Industries Accelerator Grant Program will position Boulder-based concrete construction specialist RCAM Technologies and technology integrator Accucode Inc. to develop wind energy components using 3D printing methods. 

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BASF Construction Chemicals business suits private equity fund

Sources: BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany; Lone Star Global Acquisitions, LLC, New York; CP staff

BASF projects a third quarter 2020 closing on the $3.5 billion sale of its Construction Chemicals unit to an affiliate of Lone Star, a global private equity firm with offices in Frankfurt, Germany and New York. A subject of speculation since a late-2018 BASF announcement of plans to shop the business, the transaction will include Master Builders concrete admixture and sister brands deeply rooted in construction, maintenance and retrofit. 

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