ACI Center of Excellence model reaches Productivity

Sources: American Concrete Institute, Farmington Hills, Mich.; CP staff The American Concrete Institute has chartered PRO: An ACI Center of Excellence for Advancing Concrete Industry Productivity as a catalyst for solving constructability barriers. PRO will collaborate with design and engineering professionals, material suppliers, plus contractors to resolve issues that negatively impact output in concrete site operations.

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Campaign clarifies safety responsibilities in concrete pumping operations

Sources: American Concrete Pumping Association, Lewis Center, Ohio; CP staff The American Concrete Pumping Association launched a major campaign at World of Concrete 2023, Las Vegas, to heighten awareness of ASME B30.27, Safety Standard for Material Placement Systems. With the ultimate goal of keeping every person on a job site safe, the campaign highlights accident and injury prevention measures for…

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Holcim US adds Pioneer Landscape Centers’ aggregate operations

Sources: Holcim US, Chicago; CP staff Holcim US has closed on the 13 Colorado and Arizona quarries of Pioneer Landscape Centers of Highlands Ranch, Colo. With the growing rate of construction in the Denver, Colorado Springs and Phoenix markets, the deal strengthens Holcim’s position by adding to local reserves, alleviating supply constraints and expanding existing sand, gravel and stone output. …

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ACPA documents concrete pavement’s sustainability, resilience

Sources: American Concrete Pavement Association, Rosemont, Ill.; CP staff A new American Concrete Pavement Association white paper synthesizes research on concrete pavement’s contributions to economic, environmental, and social sustainability. With the release of “Concrete Pavement’s Role in a Sustainable, Resilient Future,” the group aims to educate decision-makers involved in the placement and rehabilitation of roadway, highway and airfield pavements, many…

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ICPI-NCMA members approve new, straightforward identity

Sources: ICPI-NCMA, Herndon, Va.; CP staff More than 90 percent of ICPI-NCMA members voting for a new organization name checked the simple and explicit choice: Concrete Masonry and Hardscapes Association. With assistance from an agency seasoned in branding, the group will officially unveil a new identity and logo during its annual meeting, February 20-24 in Columbus, Ohio. The event dovetails…

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Sika AG outlines Master Builders asset sale plan ahead of MBCC closing

Sources: Sika AG, Baar, Switzerland; CP staff In one of the final major moves to consummate its MBCC Group takeover, Sika AG has entered an agreement whereby London-based petrochemicals Giant Ineos Enterprises will acquire Master Builders Solutions concrete admixture businesses in the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom and Europe, along with MBCC’s complete Australia and New Zealand portfolios. The proposed transaction…

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Master Builders to represent Exact concrete maturity monitoring system

Sources: Master Builders Solutions, Beachwood, Ohio; CP staff Master Builders Solutions has entered into an agreement to serve as the official promoter of the cast-in-place concrete temperature and maturing monitoring, plus match curing systems of Toronto-based Exact Technology Corp. The move advances both parties’ “common goal of making the concrete industry more sustainable, efficient, and safe via game-changing technology.” The…

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DeWalt links new maturity sensor to AI-enabled ConcreteDNA platform

Sources: Converge, London; CP staff Stanley Black & Decker Inc. tool brand DeWalt is teaming with Converge, U.K. developer of artificial intelligence (AI) technology for concrete, to assist producers, engineers and contractors in portland cement-optimized mix design plus accelerated pour schedules. A partnership they announced at World of Concrete 2023, Las Vegas, will see maturity metrics from the new DeWalt…

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Oldcastle, Cemstone veteran pens consummate RM dispatch playbook

Source: CP staff Customer loyalty and profitability in a typical ready mixed concrete operation can turn on the performance of a small team with outsized influence on human capital and physical asset utilization, according to the just-published Making It Happen – Achieving Excellence in RMC Transportation & Customer Service. Author Jack Delperdang addresses a void in industry references for building an…

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ASTM Center schedules Digital Construction Roadmapping session

Sources: ASTM International, West Conshohocken, Pa.  The ASTM Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence (AM CoE) will host a January 25-26 workshop to support the development of a “Roadmap for Advanced Technologies for the Digitalization of the Construction Industry.” The National Institute of Standards and Technology-sponsored event will take place at ASTM headquarters outside Philadelphia.  The agenda calls for brainstorming sessions…

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