NRMCA veteran Maher joins CIM as interim executive director

Sources: CIM National Steering Committee; CP staff The National Steering Committee for the Concrete Industry Management program has appointed former National Ready Mixed Concrete Association Chief Operating Officer Nicole Maher as interim executive director, effective this month. She assumes the interim executive director post after serving as NSC secretary/treasurer since 2013; succeeds Dr. Rex Cottle, who has led the NSC…

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Sika’s Rmax division streamlines below grade insulation

Sources: Sika Corp., Lyndhurst, N.J.; CP staff Eyeing code-level foundation insulating performance in a 1.5-in. thick board, the Rmax division of Sika Corp. has turned to a durable, water-resistant facer on a core of polyiso, a closed-cell material widely adopted for high thermal resistance in exterior continuous wall and roofing applications.  “Historically, the vast majority of the below-grade commercial and…

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Cemex Ventures and Caterpillar open Startup Competition entry window

Sources: Cemex Ventures, Madrid; CP staff Construction Startup Competition 2024 sponsors are accepting entries in their recognition, networking and financing program through June 30. Construction and clean technology developers can enter Green Construction (sustainability), Enhanced Productivity (efficiency), Construction Supply Chain (on time) or Future of Construction (disruptive) categories at the competition portal. Cemex Ventures, the venture capital arm of Cemex S.A.B.…

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High performance concrete advances ocean wave energy extraction

Sources: Ocean Harvesting, Gothenburg, Sweden; CP staff Swedish Energy Agency-backed researchers optimizing wave energy convertor (WEC) design and materials have pegged highly flowable, high performance concrete mixes as especially suiting the outer shell and internal thin walls of honeycomb structures, or hulls, serving as buoys for the InfinityWEC assembly. The concrete buoy has equal weight but can be delivered at…

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OSHA cites contractors in failure of precast soundwall-bearing crane

Sources: Occupational Safety and Health Administration; CP staff Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigators have cited Concrete Impressions of Florida Inc., Plant City precast sound barrier panel producer and  installer, and Adcock Cranes Inc., Tampa lifting services provider, with one other-than serious and two serious violations tied to a 2023 Orlando highway ramp site fatality. Investigators determined that a boom crane…

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Decorative Concrete Council opens International Awards call for entries

Source: American Society for Concrete Contractors, St. Louis; CP staff The ASCC Decorative Concrete Council’s 16th International Awards program spans Architectural, Artistry, Cast-in-Place Stamped and Special Finishes plus eight other categories, entries for which can be submitted through June 17 at the competition portal. The program recognizes and celebrates exceptional exterior and interior work from around the globe, notes DCC Chair…

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Blended cements lead industry priority list for remainder of decade

Sources: Portland Cement Association, Washington, D.C.; Cement Products staff Portland Cement Association CEO Mike Ireland cites blended cements, plus alternative fuels and carbon, capture, utilization and storage technology, as top producer priorities for the next five years. Addressing the IEEE-IAS/PCA Cement Industry Conference in Denver earlier this month, he also reflected on major 2023 market, environmental and government relations deliverables:…

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Chryso, GCP parent company takes global sustainable construction pulse

Sources: Saint-Gobain Group, Paris; CP staff A survey aimed at better understanding stakeholder perceptions and levers to accelerate adoption of sustainable construction finds that implementation of related practices will only be effective if it matches local realities. Advocates of such practices must likewise work to ensure stakeholders are better informed, better trained, and committed. The Sustainable Construction Barometer is based…

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Carbon Upcycling dispatches CO2-enriched, harvested ash to Burnco 

Sources: Carbon Upcycling Technologies, Calgary; CP staff Carbon Upcycling Technologies has announced this year’s first delivery of carbon dioxide-enhanced fly ash to Burnco Rock Products Ltd. as part of a groundbreaking initiative to deploy low-carbon concrete in the City of Calgary. The 200-tonne delivery marks a significant milestone in the parties’ collaboration and stems from a $4.4 million Circular Economy…

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SCM developer Progressive Planet tests plasma-processed quartz silica

Sources: Progressive Planet Solutions Inc., Kamloops, British Columbia; CP staff Progressive Planet cites promising compressive strength performance of concrete specimens prepared with PozPyro, a supplementary cementitious material processed with plasma technology and abundantly available crystalline silica feedstock. Designed in collaboration with Pyrogenesis Canada, the binder exhibits potential as a partial portland cement replacement. Mortar cube testing on four separate PozPyro…

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