Argos NA brings Summit Materials cement, ready mixed production scale

Cementos Argos of Colombia has entered a definitive agreement with Denver-based Summit Materials Inc. under which Argos North America Corp., Alpharetta, Ga. will combine with Summit in a cash and stock transaction. It calls for Cementos Argos to receive approximately $1.2 billion in cash and 54.7 million shares—or 31 percent—of Summit stock, valuing Argos North America at approximately $3.2 billion.…

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Tight tunnel tolerances

The Cross River Rail project in Australia aimed to alleviate congestion in Brisbane’s metro transport system and improve transportation for a growing population. Project principals faced numerous obstacles due to limited space: Construction sequencing on the confined, congested site was complex due to the need for precision, efficiency, and safety. Heavy/civil contractor Kenny Constructions was tasked with placing 59 precast…

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NRMCA revises Drivers Hours of Service compliance guide

Source: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Alexandria, Va.  The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association’s 2023 Compliance Guide for the Federal Drivers’ HOS Regulations provides operators of mixer, dump, tanker and other Class 8 truck fleets updated Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Hours of Service interpretations. The guide offers critical perspective on the 30-minute break provision, electronic logging device exemption and…

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IIJA, IRA funding fuels engineering leaders’ construction market confidence

Leaders across civil, environmental and structural practices express optimism for strong economic performance in the coming year, according to a survey by the American Council of Engineering Companies’ independent research arm. With perspectives from 600-plus respondents, the 2023 Engineering Business Sentiment Survey finds the outlook for the overall economy is improving among the nation’s leading engineering firms. Results show the…

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ORGANIZATIONS – April 2023

Texas-based Inland Pipe Rehabilitation has rebranded as Premier Underground Renewal Infrastructure Solutions or PURIS after recently joining forces with Inliner Solutions and Murphy Pipeline Contractors. A portfolio business of New York investor J.F. Lehman & Co., PURIS is a leading provider of turnkey water infrastructure solutions, specializing in environmentally sustainable trenchless pipeline rehabilitation. It operates throughout North America and provides…

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Cement multinationals compound their SBTi CO2 emissions target validations

The parent company of Heidelberg Materials is the latest multinational producer in its sector to validate 2030 carbon dioxide emissions reduction target according to the Science Based Targets initiative’s (SBTi) 1.5°C framework. Across U.S., Canadian and overseas operations, HeidelbergCement AG commits to reduce gross (GHG Protocol-defined) Scope 1 and 2 emissions by a combined 26.7 percent per ton of cementitious…

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Burnco, Lafarge Canada, Carbon Upcycling plan $11 million ash project

Carbon dioxide utilization technology and supplementary cementitious material developer Carbon Upcycling, Calgary, has enlisted Alberta neighbors Burnco Rock Products and Lafarge Canada for testing a process to convert landfilled coal combustion residuals to concrete-grade fly ash. Beyond the CCR harvesting aspect, the process sequesters CO2 gas. Of the project’s $11 million budget, Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) is contributing $4.4 million—part…

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Sysdyne, HaulHub increase agencies’ material record accuracy

Sources: HaulHub Technologies, Boston; Sysdyne Technologies, Stamford, Conn.; CP staff Sysdyne Techologies and HaulHub Technologies continue platform integration efforts benefitting transportation agency users. Their newest deliverable, Owners Link, is a technical two-way integration between construction material point of sale systems and state transportation agency project portals. Owners Link helps ensure a trustworthy source of data records that facilitate payments. Since…

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Holcim US acquires Pioneer Landscape Centers’ aggregate operations

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.  “This acquisition brings about significant synergies…

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Alabama student teams prevail in PCI Big Beam competition

The University of Alabama – Teams B and A placed first and third in the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute’s 2022 Engineering Design Competition, also known as Big Beam. Sponsors ALP Supply and PCI’s Aspire Magazine will present Teams B and A respective cash prizes of $2,000 and $1,500, and the University of Minnesota Duluth team with $1,750 for its second place…

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