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System Pavers adds humanoid robot to hardscape project sales team

One of southern California’s leading hardscape design and installation contractors is deploying Pepper, a 4-ft. humanoid robot programmed to answer homeowner questions about outdoor living and project possibilities, at its San Diego County Fair (June 1-July 4) and Orange County Fair (July 13-August 12) booths.

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Academy honors NRMCA training video for creative excellence

The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association’s Jobsite Chute Rinse-off video has earned the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts (AIVA) 2018 Communicator Distinction Award, part of the largest and most competitive program honoring creative excellence for communications professionals. AVIA receives 6,000-plus entries from companies, organizations and agencies of all sizes. Representatives of members—Condè Nast, Disney, Republica, Sesame Workshop, MTV, Starbucks, Time Inc., Tribal DDB, Yahoo!, among them—oversee and judge the program.

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Below-garage space not lost on Northeast Precast’s Prespan system

Millville, N.J.-based Northeast Precast has patented an insulated, precast floor plank system for residential and commercial projects. Prespan allows builders to gain a clear span of the entire home or building to create a full basement or crawl space walls under the garage. The rigid product exhibits less deflection and is 25 percent lighter compared to hollow core plank.

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Life cycle, nanotech research lead ACI Foundation 2018 commitments

The ACI Foundation Concrete Research Council will fund a record eight research projects, its 2018 budget buoyed by a one-time, $500,000 commitment the American Concrete Institute announced earlier this year to address the industry’s growing need for such technical support. The projects and their principal investigators are:

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Lehigh Cement parent pencils acquisition budget hovering $2B

HeidelbergCement AG, Germany, envisions $1.8 billion to $2.4 billion in acquisitions over the next three years, backed by $1.2 billion to $1.8 billion in non-core asset sales, plus savings realized from continuous efficiency improvements across global cement, aggregates and ready mixed concrete businesses. Driving those improvements at the Lehigh Portland Cement parent company are digital platform implementation in operations, maintenance, logistics and purchasing.

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