Resoundingly reptilian

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Of 21 residential, commercial and municipal designs honored in the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute’s 2015 HNA Hardscape Project Awards, the MEGA Snake and Ladder is among the most imaginative. The winning entry in the Concrete Paver – Commercial – More than 15,000 sq. ft. category serves as the centerpiece of a play area for upward of 4,000 students at a primary school in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. The award went to Ducon Industries FZCO, supplier and installer.

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Performance waterproofing methods critical to transportation infrastructure

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A 60 Minutes broadcast segment, “Falling Apart,” explains that “America’s roads, bridges, airports and rail lines are outdated and need to be fixed” due to decades of neglect … nearly 70,000 bridges in America—one out of every nine—is now considered to be structurally deficient.” According to the American Society of Civil Engineers, segment editors noted, “32 percent of the major roads in America are now in poor condition and in need of major repairs.”

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Developer of bio-based sealer certifies hardscape professionals

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A national producer of bio-based, environmentally-friendly sealers, Black Diamond Coatings has recently staged BDC PRO certification courses at Florida’s Flagstone Pavers, Brooksville and Pompano Beach, plus Oldcastle Coastal, Tampa. The company developed the class to teach professional contractors the benefits and proper application methods of it product line, which includes low VOC, water-based sealers.

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Mortar dropping collection device slims down

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Developer of moisture management solutions for masonry walls has added a 0.4-in.-thick size to its WallDefender line. Originally available in 1- and 2-in. thicknesses, the product helps curtail moisture damage to masonry cavity walls by preventing mortar droppings from blocking weep holes. It suspends droppings above flashing on two levels of its trapezoidal-shaped, open-weave mesh, while allowing water to flow through the mesh and exit the cavity.

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Super sack handling

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Air-operated hoists suit single or twin loads for super sack or big bag transfer, and provide what company engineers describe as safe, speedy and accurate positioning—even where limited headroom conditions exist. Typical applications include construction materials packaging (cement, lime, aggregate). The hoist systems are also designed for safe operation within dust-prone environments. Their operating medium is compressed air (6 bar pressure).

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Portable fuel storage tanks

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Company bills Fuel Hubs as secure, environmentally friendly, transportable tanks that allow for fast, efficient refueling at production and work sites. Vessel is available in eight sizes with capacities ranging from 120 gal. to 2,650 gal. Along with features to suit the needs of each project, durable galvanized base frame and hatch plates equip the Fuel-Hub for rugged conditions. The tanks have 110 percent bunded capacity, ensuring compliance with environmental standards. They feature a removable inner tank and outer lid for maintenance, cleaning and quick bund area viewing.

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Product machinery manufacturers gear up for ICON-Xchange, bauma

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The National Concrete Masonry Association’s ICON-Xchange and B2B activities, February 24-26 in Orlando, plus 2016 bauma, April 11-17 in Munich, will feature new models and upgrades from block & paver machinery and component manufacturers. Concrete Products samples offerings from key ICON and bauma participants.

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