Software expedites materials, underground structure takeoffs

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The new Agtek Underground software combines intuitive data entry with flexible reporting to speed up takeoffs and track production of storm, sewer, water and other underground utilities. Underground applies trench and pipe specifications to compute bedding, cover, backfill, pipe displacement and trench spoil for each run of pipe. It likewise reports pipe and lateral lengths, plus counts of joints, valves and other fittings.

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Concrete Fiber Solutions, Prairie Material ‘wired’ into mesh alternative

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Concrete Fiber Solutions (CFS), along with Prairie Material and Goebel Forming, recently completed a massive flooring installation at the 110 N. Wacker project in Chicago, utilizing steel fiber reinforced concrete in place of traditional wire mesh. The high-rise features composite metal deck floors reinforced with 25 lbs./yd. of CFS 150-5 fibers in lightweight concrete mixes. The fiber substitution contributed to increased worker safety and floor-finishing efficiency.

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Microsoft Azure platform anchors pavement contractor’s digital makeover

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Cloud service, custom application, advanced analytics, and managed enterprise service implementation specialist Sparkhound has customized mobile applications to streamline concrete or asphalt pavement project planning and business support operations for Texas-based Pavecon. From foremen providing onsite updates through smartphones or iPads, to back-office staff processing payroll in a fraction of customary time, the contractor’s paperwork has been significantly reduced while decision-makers have gained business insights through new data analytics.

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Shell Lubricants formulates cold climate-ready Rotella T6

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IThe new Shell Rotella T6 Full Synthetic 0W-40 heavy-duty diesel engine oil suits advanced engine technologies for on- and off-road vehicles. Formulated with Triple Protection Plus technology, the API CK-4 service category product is designed to provide protection against wear, deposits and oil breakdown, and offers excellent pumpability at low operating temperatures. An exclusive low ash formulation helps protect the exhaust catalysts and particulate filters found on the latest low emission diesel vehicles. Shell Lubricants engineers especially note these T6 performance characteristics:

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Solomon Colors sees success in patent-pending granules’ inaugural year

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As a long time leader in concrete coloring agents, Solomon Colors has developed a groundbreaking method for granulating pigment. Through this innovation, the company aims to offer a high-quality granular pigment that can be used in any system, with support and capacity to satisfy high volume demand. The new granular pigment is now in use in block and paver plants around North America.

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Silo aeration equals production gains for Jackson Concrete

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John Meyer strives for efficiency at his West Bend, Wis., ready mixed plant. He knows about concrete production after managing the open-air operation for nine years before purchasing Jackson Concrete in 2003. Four years later, he realized an ideal condition for ready mixed production in the frozen north by moving plant iron into a full enclosure.

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Continental toughens mixer- and dump-grade tire series

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An early-fall gathering at Continental Tire’s 5,000-acre proving ground in Evald, Texas, served as the public debut of new Generation 3 construction truck tires for on/off-road or mixed use. The Conti HSC 3 steer/all-position tire, Conti HDC 3 drive tire, and Conti HAC 3 all-position tire deliver key benefits for concrete, construction and other on/off-road applications. All arrive from the…

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