HeidelbergCement invests in maturity sensor technology developer

Sources: HeidelbergCement AG, Germany; CP staff Lehigh Hanson Inc. parent HeidelbergCement has taken a strategic minority stake in Ottawa-based Giatec, whose proprietary sensors equip producers and their customers to monitor concrete maturity in real time. Combined with artificial intelligence algorithms, configured to integrate with a wide range of concrete industry software solutions, the sensor data informs cement optimization, quality control,…

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Mapei brands 3D printing ink in partnership with Black Buffalo

Sources: Black Buffalo 3D Corp., New York; CP staff A recently formed strategic research, development, and manufacturing partnership involving Nexcon 3D construction printer provider Black Buffalo and admixture supplier Mapei Corp. has released Planitop 3D, a packaged, cement-based ink/mortar. The launch times with a project spelling significant initial scale: Affordable-home builder Alquist 3D will use a Nexcon printer and Planitop…

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Sika colloidal silica agent arms contractors to control slab destiny

Sources: Sika Corp.,Lyndhurst, N.J.; CP staff Nanotechnology driving deployment of particles far smaller than those typical of cementitious materials augments the latest addition to Sika’s line of concrete admixtures for improving slab on grade performance. A colloidal silica topical agent, SikaCem-190 Concrete Control is spray applied during floating or troweling to maintain adequate moisture and reduce premature set risk. The…

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ASTM Committees open International Masonry Symposium registration

Sources: ASTM International, West Conshohocken, Pa.; CP staff Registration is open for the ASTM International 2022 Masonry Symposium: Advancing Masonry Technology, June 14 at the Hyatt Regency Seattle (Washington, USA). The event dovetails the June standards meetings of its four co-sponsors: ASTM Committees C01 on Cement, C07 on Lime, C07 on Mortars and Grouts for Unit Masonry, and C15 on…

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CalPortland, Cemex, Ozinga, PCA earn Energy Star Partner recognition

Sources: Portland Cement Association, Washington, D.C.; CP staff Four familiar names in construction materials are among 210 U.S. Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency 2022 Energy Star Partner of the Year Award recipients. The 2022 Partner naming marks 18 consecutive years of such recognition for CalPortland, four years for Cemex, and three years for Ozinga and PCA.

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Portland-limestone cement uptake: 44 states and counting

Sources: Portland Cement Association, Washington, D.C.; CP staff Recent portland-limestone cement (PLC) approvals by the Arizona and Maryland Departments of Transportation, plus the Vermont Agency of Transportation, bring to 44 the total of state authorities recognizing the material in specifications for concrete pavement, bridge and other structures. The approvals will accelerate a Portland Cement Association-tracked PLC consumption trajectory eclipsing 6…

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Euclid acquires Chryso’s NA cement grinding aid, additives business

Sources: Euclid Chemical, Cleveland; CP staff  Euclid Chemical has expanded its concrete admixture and construction chemicals portfolio with the Chryso Inc. cement grinding aid and additives business, along with related intellectual property, in North America. The business spans Conventional Grinding Aid, Strength Enhancer, Technical Additive and Chromium VI Reduction groups. The first two include agents for improving fineness characteristics and…

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Clark Pacific taps arrays on fast track to renewable energy-powered plants

Sources: Clark Pacific, West Sacramento, Calif.; CP staff  A top player in West Coast precast, prestressed concrete production and related design-build work, Clark Pacific has entered a partnership with NewGen Energy that will see solar array installations meeting nearly 100 percent of electricity requirements across three California concrete operations. Enlisting the Loomis, Calif. array engineer and installation services provider in…

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Structural Group’s Emmons heads Construction Industry Round Table

Sources: Construction Industry Round Table, Washington, D.C. The Construction Industry Round Table (CIRT) elected Peter Emmons, president and CEO of Baltimore-based Structural Group Inc. and a top American Concrete Institute-recognized concrete repair authority, as 2022-23 Chair during its Annual Spring Conference in Washington, D.C. He succeeds Greg Cosko, his counterpart with Hathaway Dinwiddie, San Francisco.  CIRT is comprised of approximately…

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Blair Block moves first to commercialize CarbonBuilt technology

Sources: CarbonBuilt, Los Angeles; CP staff Alabama’s Blair Block projects an early-2023 debut for low-carbon concrete masonry units produced with the CarbonBuilt Reversa carbon dioxide capture and mineralization process. Reversa deployment stands to reduce Blair Block products’ carbon footprint upward of 80 percent with no compromise on price, performance or plant operations. A production line retrofit at the producer’s Childersburg…

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