PCA Bridge Award entry deadline nears

Source: Portland Cement Association Portland Cement Association, Skokie, Ill.

PCA is accepting through June 30 entries for the 14th biennial Bridge Awards competition, recognizing excellence in design and construction of cast-in-pllace or precast concrete crossings. Eligible structures are highway, rail, transit, pedestrian or wildlife crossings essentially completed between October 2011 and September 2013, and located in the U.S. or Canada.

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ANSI accreditation reinforces PCI standards profile

Source: Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, Chicago

PCI has been accredited as an American National Standards Institute standards developer. A first for an organization in manufactured concrete, the accreditation positions PCI’s voluntary consensus documents relating to the design, detailing, fabrication, transportation, and erection of precast and precast/prestressed concrete to be registered as American National Standards.

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Feds fund project to integrate carbon metrics in building material databases

Researchers at Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, have been awarded a $600,000 National Science Foundation grant to develop measurement and assessment tools to be integrated with building material databases and architectural design software to provide real-time, “on-the-fly” carbon footprint metrics.

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Dayton Superior braces for key role in web-based tilt-up design

Source: Tilt-Up Design Systems LLC (TDS), Heathrow, Fla.

A new technology sponsorship enables Dayton Superior Corp. to provide tilt-up concrete practitioners running TDS Tilt-Werks software with project data—from material estimates to lifting and bracing requirements, all in real time—to streamline wall design and construction. “Projects developed using Tilt-Werks will have immediate access to our services, starting with preconstruction and continuing all the way to tilt-up lifting and bracing engineering,” says Dayton Superior Director of Engineering Rick Lindstrom.

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