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Insulating concrete forms rise to U.S.-record height at New York site

Voorheesville, N.Y.-based ICF Panels will supply panelized insulating concrete forms in up to 50-ft. lengths for 42 Broad, a 249-unit, Westchester County, N.Y., development. The 16-story luxury apartment project will set a new height record for ICF-built structures in the U.S., taking a page from Ontario practitioners’ recent experience with mid-rise structures of comparable design near Toronto.

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Prefabricated elements top commercial contractors’ productivity catalysts

Ninety percent of contractors surveyed for the USG Corporation + U.S. Chamber of Commerce Q4 2017 Commercial Construction Index do not consider jobsites to be very efficient. Respondents identify labor productivity as the means to achieving jobsite efficiency, a metric they acknowledge can be improved by using more prefabricated building elements.

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Construction-driven IT specialist projects “year of digital disruption”

Norwalk, Conn.-based Triax Technologies, Inc., a provider of connected-jobsite software and hardware tools, contends that 2018—thanks to Internet of Things (IoT) and companion developments—will see construction shatter its reputation as one of the least digitized sectors.

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HPC mix designs heed laser tunnel aluminum, magnesium, silica sensitivity

LafargeHolcim Ltd. unit Holcim Deutschland formulated a series of high performance concretes for elements lining a 3.4-kilometer tunnel housing the world’s most powerful X-ray laser. Located near Hamburg, Germany, the European XFEL generates extremely intense X-ray flashes researchers from around the world use to map atomic details of viruses, film chemical reactions, and study the processes in the interior of planets.

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Command Alkon extracts data riches from industry’s most confined space

A stainless steel probe measuring slump and temperature of ready mixed concrete in transit or at point of placement, along with precise volume of any post-pour material, anchors Command Alkon’s newest platform, COMMANDassurance, formally debuting at 2018 World of Concrete, Las Vegas.

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