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NHTSA, State Department veteran on tap to lead FHWA

Sources: American Concrete Pavement Association, Rosemont, Ill.; CP staff

Former National Highway Traffic Safety Administration chief Nicole Nason (2006-2008) has been nominated to lead the Federal Highway Administration, a post where she would extend a deep tenure with the Executive and Legislative branches of the Federal government.

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Concrete highway pavement volume approaches 60 million sq. yd.

Sources: American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA), Rosemont, Ill.; CP staff

ACPA sees 2019 concrete highway pavement volume rising to 56.2 million sq. yd., up 7 percent from 2018 and representing the largest such watermark since 2012. “Looking back at the past two years, 2017 was challenging for paving volume, but 2018 projected volumes indicate a strong rebound,” ACPA CEO Gerald Voigt observed at a World of Concrete 2019 briefing. 

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Laser scan data crunching speeds slab flatness/levelness measurements

Sources: ClearEdge3D Inc., Manassas, Va.; CP staff

Software unveiled at World of Concrete 2019 generates floor flatness and levelness figures from laser scan data, and visualizes wet or hardening concrete slabs’ high or low areas with elevation or deviation heatmaps, contours and grids. The new Rithm for Autodesk Navisworks version promptly delivers analysis reports compliant with ASTM E1155, Standard Test Method for Determining FF Floor Flatness and FL Floor Levelness Numbers. In contrast to the multiple-day process typical of current FF/FL measurement practice, developers cite the program’s capacity to reveal E1155 numbers in under 15 minutes.  

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Wells reaches West, Southwest in Rocky Mountain Prestress asset deal

Sources: Wells Concrete, Minnesota; CP staff

Wells Concrete has become one of the top five precast/prestressed producers in the U.S. after acquiring key business assets of Denver-based Rocky Mountain Prestress (RMP). The transaction extends its Upper Midwest footprint in structural and architectural precast to markets from Canada to New Mexico and Wisconsin to Colorado.

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Hazard mitigation study paints outsized ROI for I-Codes compliance

Sources: National Institute of Building Sciences, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

A new National Institute of Building Sciences report highlights the significant savings realized from implementing mitigation strategies in terms of safety, property loss prevention, and day-to-day life disruption. The project team behind the Interim Report on the Value of Mitigation weighs the benefits of designing homes and buildings to meet the 2018 International Residential and International Building Codes versus the prior generation of codes reflecting 1990s-era practice and National Flood Insurance Program requirements. 

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