NCMA invites Concrete Masonry Product Category Rule comments

Sources: National Concrete Masonry Association, Herndon, Va.; CP staff

A linchpin of forthcoming block and hardscape Environmental Product Declarations (EPD), the draft Product Category Rule (PCR) for “Manufactured Concrete and Concrete Masonry Products” is available here for review and comment through May 16.

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Lafarge NA sponsors disaster-resistant design exhibition

Source: Lafarge North America, Chicago

Lafarge NA is the lead sponsor for Designing for Disaster at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., a year-long exhibition spotlighting the evolving science of disaster mitigation, plus tools and strategies for building safer, stronger and more resilient communities.

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Heavy/civil elite kick off Construction Industry Safety Week

Sources: American Infrastructure, Worcester, Pa.

A who’s who of major transportation, environmental and marine contractors are marking the inaugural U.S. Construction Industry Safety Week through on-site awareness and related measures aimed at thanking workforces for supporting safety and recognizing efforts to be injury free; stressing the importance of being committed to accident prevention every working minute; and, inspiring all companies to share best practices advancing the industry’s safety culture.

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ACI opens 45-day 318-14 public review, adds social media twist

Sources: American Concrete Institute, Farmington Hills, Mich.; CP staff

In accordance with its standardization procedure, ACI has opened public discussion for the completely reorganized ACI 318-14, “Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete and Commentary,” with comments on the document relayed through an official submittal form by June 17.

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ICPI confers top honor on LPS Pavement chief

2012-13 ICPI Chairman Dave Carter (left) recognizes Bill Schneider during the general luncheon session.

Convening in New Orleans for its 2014 Annual Meeting and 20th Anniversary observance, Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute presented William Schneider the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award, recognizing significant industry contributions through technical innovation and advocacy; demonstrated leadership; dedication to employee well-being; and, stressing contractor/installer education as paramount to producer success.

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caterpillar inc. CT681 vocational truck

Major truck and component manufacturers arrived at this year’s ConExpo-Con/Agg, Las Vegas, and Mid-America Trucking Show, Louisville, with new models or existing equipment upgrades—all bearing steel, aluminum, rubber or technology touches ready to lower ready mixed and concrete product delivery costs.

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RCC proves ‘A-OK’ for Rebuilding Rural Roads

<table width="300" border="0" align="right" cellpadding="5"> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td>RCC is placed in Fayetteville Shale Play Area to accommodate heavy truck traffic resulting from the natural gas extraction boom. Different thicknesses and sub-bases were specified for comparison along the two-mile demonstration.

By Tom Kuennen

Roller-compacted concrete (RCC), followed by diamond grinding to smooth the surface, is the smart choice for rebuilding rural roads damaged by energy development truck traffic in Arkansas, according to new research presented at the 93rd annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board earlier this year in Washington, D.C.

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PCI reinforces standards development with ANSI accreditation

Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute has been accredited as an American National Standards Institute standards developer. A first for an organization in manufactured concrete, the accreditation positions PCI’s voluntary consensus documents relating to the design, detailing, fabrication, transportation, and erection of precast and precast/prestressed concrete to be registered as American National Standards.

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ACI Fellowship bears Baker, Cagley, Pankow imprint

The American Concrete Institute-affiliated ACI Foundation has announced the establishment of a new fellowship in honor of the founders of the ACI Foundation Fellowship Program – ACI Past Presidents Daniel L. Baker of Baker Concrete Construction, James R. Cagley of Cagley and Associates, and Thomas D. Verti of Pankow and the Pankow Foundation.

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