fleetHQ augments CSA compliance

Wingfoot and participating fleetHQ servicing dealers offer the fleetHQ Trailer Readiness program to help construction fleets comply with the CSA safety enforcement program. Trained technicians perform inspections of trailer components, including tires, and make the results available through an online, secure fleetHQ web portal and also through fleetHQ’s TVTrack tire management program.

Read More

Drum-mounted probe exhibits increasing potential to trump cone test for slump

After four years of development and mixer fleet installations in 17 countries (and counting), the drum-mounted IBB Rheological Probe is shaping up as an alternative to conventional slump and spread testing. The device uses principles similar to a rheometer: Movement of an “impeller” within the concrete load at different speeds creates a flow curve that can be used to gauge viscosity and yield stress—the true behavior of fresh concrete. Most importantly, workability can be accurately estimated on a wide range of slump values by using a calibration with the load measured at low drum speed.

Read More

PCA applauds life-cycle analysis provisions of new surface transportation bill

After weeks of negotiations, 1,003 days and nine extensions, a new surface transportation legislation, which was passed by Congress on June 29, was signed into law by President Barak Obama on July 6. The Portland Cement Association released a statement saying the organization was especially pleased with key provisions in the final bill—known as Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century, or MAP-21—related to life-cycle analysis (LCCA) and pavement research, in addition to provisions to quickly bring the technologies to states.

Read More

ICPI hails highway bill’s permeable pavers provision

Included in the language of MAP-21 are the first-ever permeable pavements provisions, which were conceived by Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute and offered for consideration on Capitol Hill. In doing so, ICPI has created new law, and established that permeable pavements are now a technology for use under the auspices of the U.S. Transportation Department. Passage of the new law culminates a 15-month comprehensive strategy of intensive, highly targeted lobbying by ICPI to use the Transportation Bill as a vehicle to promote pavers in federal transportation policy.

Read More

NRMCA conflicted on MAP-21 passage due to EOBR language, fly ash absence

While the new 27-month, $110 billion highway bill will allow for continued funding of transportation construction projects and provide more economic certainty to the industry, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association leadership pointed out key elements left out of the final legislation, as well as what it considers undesirable aspect to the final language, according to a message relayed to the association’s government affairs committee and the operations, environment and safety committee.

Read More

Billboard highlights ODOT’s bidding policy

A Columbus, Ohio-based billboard campaign launched by the state’s cement/concrete industry draws attention to Ohio Department of Transportation’s “asphalt escalator” policy. The current bidding system, which is contrary to federal highway recommendations, allows contractors to increase their final bill based on the current price of oil and cost the state nearly $37 million in change orders during 2009-2010. The digital billboards have been placed in nine locations around Columbus.

Read More

USGBC channels Reagan in responding to LEED critics

The U.S. Green Building Council applauded the creation of the American High-Performance Buildings Coalition by the American Chemistry Council and others, noting that, after 20 years, it was significant that the representative groups were finally engaging in conversation about the critical importance of green, high-performance buildings.

Read More

Feds’ LEED leanings linked to broader regulatory burden

In a mid-July hearing, “Continuing Oversight of Regulatory Impediments to Job Creation: Job Creators Still Buried by Red Tape,” the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform heard how the General Services Administration’s exclusive use of a single green building rating system—the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED standard—adversely impacts energy efficient building product sources.

Read More