Master Builders engineering chief Nmai elected ACI president

Sources: American Concrete Institute, Farmington Hills, Mich.; CP staff The American Concrete Institute has named Master Builders Solutions Admixtures US Head of Engineering Charles Nmai, FACI, president for a 2022-23 term. A 35-year veteran of the admixture market leader, he is involved in technology transfer/standards activities and specification efforts to advance the use of durable and sustainable solutions in the…

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The Modern Customer

Modernizing the business of ready-mix, part 3 of 3.  Running a ready-mix concrete operation is tough. Pat yourself on the back for exactly three seconds. Now for the crushing reality: Running a concrete construction operation is just as tough, if not more. Let’s spend some time in our customers’ shoes (see sidebar). Think about what we can do to make…

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Slag Cement group calls for project nominations in rebranded awards

Sources: Slag Cement Association, Farmington Hills, Mich.; CP staff The Slag Cement Association is accepting nominations or entries in the Slag Cement in Sustainable Concrete Awards Program—formerly Project of the Year Awards—through November 1. Award categories now include Architectural, Durability, Infrastructure, High Performance, Innovative Applications, and Lower Carbon Concrete. In addition, nominators can now indicate if portland-limestone cement (PLC) was…

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Coalition engages architecture students in Habitat candidate designs

The Build With Strength coalition is lining up with Habitat for Humanity International and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture behind the Habitat Design Competition: Climate Positive Concrete Housing. The program will challenge individuals or student teams to explore a variety of issues related to the use of concrete for a Habitat home. Along with baseline criteria, entries will…

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Revised ACI benchmark factors internal curing, recycled aggregates, SCC, MOE

Sources: American Concrete Institute, Farmington Hills, Mich.; CP staff The American Concrete Institute has expanded the scope of ACI 301-20, Specifications for Concrete Construction, to include internal curing, mineral fillers and recycled aggregates, along with evaluation requirements for elements cast with self-consolidating mixes and structures with defined modulus of elasticity requirements. Compliance details throughout the document have been updated to…

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ACI Technician certification qualifies for reimbursement per GI Bill

Source: American Concrete Institute, Farmington Hills, Mich. The ACI Concrete Field Testing Technician – Grade I certification program has been approved for reimbursement under the Veteran’s Administration GI Bill. The provision applies to veterans who have participated in a Grade I certification session as of January 2020. It follows the agency’s implementation of an online ACI Certification application process, prepared…

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New ACI committee advances 3-D printing practice, standards

Sources: American Concrete Institute, Farmington Hills, Mich.; CP staff

The newly formed ACI Committee 564, 3-D Printing with Cementitious Materials will report on three-dimensional printing and additive manufacturing with inorganic cementitious materials, and develop publications on the technology’s applications, challenges and impacts. 

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ACI: Excellence in Concrete Construction

The American Concrete Institute honored 2016 Excellence in Concrete Construction Award recipients late last year. The top honor or “Excellence Award” was presented to Palazzo Italia (Italian Pavilion Expo 2015) in Milan, submitted by the ACI Italy Chapter. The award is given to a project that demonstrates excellence in concrete innovation and technology, and stands out above all other entries.

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International Trade Commission finds cause to investigate imported rebar

By a 6-0 vote last month, U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) members preliminarily determined there is reasonable indication that concrete reinforcing steel imports from Japan, Taiwan, and Turkey have materially injured the U.S. rebar industry. ITC figures show shipments from the three countries totaled nearly 20 percent of the $4.5 billion in rebar U.S. concrete construction consumed last year.

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Precision, Hayes integration fosters synergy in pre-stressed, post-tensioned practice

Sources: Actuant Corp., Menomonee Falls, Wis.; CP staff

New York Stock Exchange-traded Actuant Corp. has announced Precision-Hayes International, the combining of two businesses with global reach and significant brand recognition, plus reinforced concrete construction and energy infrastructure market presence. The move completes an integration of Sugar Land, Texas-based Hayes Industries, which Actuant acquired in 2014, eyeing synergy with its Precision Sure-Lock business.

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