Feds validate binder blend: limestone + high fly ash + Type III portland

Sources: National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST), Gaithersburg, Md.; CP staff

Adding limestone powder to fly ash-rich mixtures can improve finished concrete performance when measured against more conventional formulations, note NIST and Federal Highway Administration researchers in an August report, “Ternary blends for controlling cost and carbon content.”

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Concrete Industry Management patrons seek World of Concrete auction donations

Source: CIM National Steering Committee, Murfreesboro, Tenn.

CIM Program patrons are seeking donations for their ninth annual auction to be held January 22 at World of Concrete. The silent auction will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Las Vegas Convention Center; the live auction begins at 1 p.m.

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PCI council names first “precast-friendly” city

Source: Sioux Falls (SD) Business Journal

Following a tour of five commercial Sioux Falls, S.D., projects in conjunction with a Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute conference, the PCI Technical Activities Council has designated the city “precast-friendly”—the group’s first such recognition of a municipality’s architectural and structural precast inventory.

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Call for International Concrete Sustainability Conference abstracts

Source: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.

NRMCA, RMC Research & Education Foundation, and the Portland Cement Association are accepting abstracts online [http://www.concretesustainabilityconference.org/boston2014/index.html] through November 30 for the 2014 International Concrete Sustainability Conference, May 12-15, at the Hyatt Regency Cambridge in Boston.

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