PCI releases first Sustainable Precast Concrete Plant Program report

Sources: Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, Chicago; CP staff

Backed by PCI, the Canadian Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute and National Precast Concrete Association, the North American Precast Concrete Sustainable Plant Program (NAPCSPP) has yielded its first full-year energy, materials and transportation data benchmarks. PCI’s 2015 Sustainable Plant Program Performance Report presents results in carbon dioxide equivalent (global warming potential), total primary energy and water consumption categories based on data from 34 structural and architectural precast/prestressed producers.

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RCC proves ‘A-OK’ for Rebuilding Rural Roads

<table width="300" border="0" align="right" cellpadding="5"> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td>RCC is placed in Fayetteville Shale Play Area to accommodate heavy truck traffic resulting from the natural gas extraction boom. Different thicknesses and sub-bases were specified for comparison along the two-mile demonstration.

By Tom Kuennen

Roller-compacted concrete (RCC), followed by diamond grinding to smooth the surface, is the smart choice for rebuilding rural roads damaged by energy development truck traffic in Arkansas, according to new research presented at the 93rd annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board earlier this year in Washington, D.C.

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Elematic extrusion technology: Automation, speed, concrete optimization

Gauges enable the E9 to distribute concrete mixes according to the finished hollow core slabs’ target engineering properties, meaning fewer overbuilt floor components and lower dead loads.

Chief among innovations at this year’s World of Concrete in Las Vegas and The Precast Show in Houston was a new generation of extruding equipment that represents a significant step forward for prestressed hollow-core slab flooring production.

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Lafarge, Lehigh and Vulcan sales teams lead adoption of new enterprise mobile apps

Catavolt, Lafarge, Lehigh and Vulcan sales teams lead adoption of new enterprise mobile apps

Sources: Catavolt Inc., Alpharetta, Ga.; CP staff

After initial deployments with four major integrated producers and a top precast/prestressed operator, Catavolt has unveiled technology supporting rapid, low-cost development of custom apps providing geographic market intelligence and perspective, plus customer relationship management program-grade data.

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