Directory connects design-build providers and prospects

A new infrastructure investment era will have state, local and federal agencies from coast to coast looking for qualified design-build teams to deliver the most cost and time-efficient projects, according to the Design-Build Institute of America, Washington, D.C. Finding them will be as easy as a click of the mouse with the launch of DBIA’s Industry Match, billed as the…

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Second ACI Resource Center opens on O’Hare International periphery

The American Concrete Institute’s new Resource Center – Chicago/Midwest will help meet the region’s increased demand for knowledge through hands-on training, educational offerings, and on-demand ACI Certification Program access. The facility is the second of its kind, following a charter Resource Center opened two years ago in southern California. Both offer a diverse array of custom training programs designed to…

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Big Apple GC Trident elevates safety practice with load navigator

Crane load stabilization and precision hardware developer Vita Inclinata has delivered the first of two 20-tonne Vita Load Navigator systems to New York City’s Trident General Contracting. The commercial concrete contractor will utilize the VLN-20s for 9 Dekalb Avenue, a 1,066-ft., 73-story building in Brooklyn, and anticipates similar deployment on a 995-ft., mixed-use tower on Fifth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan.…

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Mapei, Black Buffalo 3D “ink” R&D, production partnership

A recently formed strategic partnership between Nexcon 3D construction printer provider Black Buffalo 3D Corp. and admixture supplier Mapei Corp. has its first commercial product. The launch of Planitop 3D, a packaged, cement-based ink/mortar, times with a project spelling significant initial scale: Affordable-home builder Alquist 3D will use a Nexcon printer and Planitop 3D on a 200-unit community in Pulaski,…

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RMC Foundation strength predictor model picks up where Duff Abrams left off

The latest RMC Research & Education Foundation report, “A Concrete Strength Model to Optimize Concrete Mixtures,” and companion Excel tool equip producers and practitioners to pinpoint appropriate binder dosages and limit potential overdesign as measured in 28-day concrete specimen compressive strengths exceeding psi targets.  Report author and Florida consultant Edwin J. Dunstan Jr. refined his model based on observations from…

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Slab, wall material acoustic performance survey proves concrete soundness

Sources: RMC Research & Education Foundation, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Alexandria, Va.; CP staff A new report, “Compilation of Acoustics Information for Concrete Construction and Other Materials,” assesses sound transmission class (STC), impact insulation class (IIC) and other ASTM standard-measured metrics driving wall and floor-ceiling assembly acoustic performance. The RMC Research & Education Foundation and National Ready Mixed Concrete…

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Forta adds concrete pavement intellectual property in TCP, OptiPave deal

Pennsylvania-based synthetic reinforcing fiber specialist Forta Corp. has acquired the TCPavements brand and companion OptiPave software. The manufacturer plans to expand the use of the TCP industrial pavement engineering and jointing methodology, where no more than one wheel or axle loads the same plain concrete slab at any time.  Developed in Santiago and applied in 15 countries, the TCPavements/OptiPave technology…

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Xypex CEO offers full-throated view of industry’s bright future

The innovation behind the crystalline waterproofing technology synonymous with Vancouver, B.C.-based Xypex Chemical Corp. is featured in “Concrete Solutions Provided by Admixtures,” an Inside the Blueprint series episode airing this month on Bloomberg News and in syndication after. Producers explore how the technology works deep inside the concrete mass to create a permanent waterproof structure that resists extreme hydrostatic pressure…

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Lehigh White Cement parent builds out UHPC binder series

Italy’s Cementir Group presents the just-launched Aalborg InBind as a flexible white binder enabling manufactured-concrete producers to optimize ultra-high performance mix designs leveraging locally available materials. Based on FutureCem technology formulations—heavy on limestone and calcined clays—InBind supports the recently introduced InWhite Solutions packaged concretes and mortars. The binder is premiering in Europe with potential distribution in North America through Lehigh…

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SCM developer Purebase eyes California market in major-producer partnership

Natural resource-minded Purebase Corp. has entered a strategic partnership with a major integrated materials producer to commercialize an eco-friendly, supplementary cementitious material especially suiting the California market. The partners will test a kaolin clay-based SCM processed at Purebase’s pilot plant in Ione, Calif., where efforts to date have been concentrated on augmenting concrete mix designs calling for Type II or…

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