QC ahead of dispatch in technology adoption; chats beckon

Source: BCMI Corp., Bellingham, Wash.

An analysis of ready mixed producers’ leveraging of the mobile device ecosystem that has evolved since the iPhone’s 2007 debut tracks widely adopted changes in functions like quality control, gradual reshaping of dispatch methods through cloud-based platforms, and advanced chat systems fostering productive team member collaboration. BCMI Principal Craig Yeack makes his case for “Industry is perfectly poised to deploy a mobile workforce” here.

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‘Made for Now’ vibe drives Command Alkon conference

Sources: Command Alkon, Birmingham, Ala.; CP staff

Heavy building materials innovators who leverage technology advancements to make smarter decisions faster, achieve break-through performance and deliver differentiated experiences inform a “Made for Now” theme for Command Alkon’s 2019 Elevate Conference & Expo, November 3-6 in Chicago.

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Economists see equipment, technology outlays outpacing GDP growth

Investment in equipment and software is projected to expand 4.1 percent in the new year, during which gross domestic product is projected to increase 2.3 percent over 2018, according to the Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation. The Washington, D.C. group’s 2019 Equipment Leasing & Finance U.S. Economic Outlook notes that such investment increased at a robust rate in the first half of last year, driven by more preferable tax treatment and a general upswing in the U.S. economy. However, growth slowed in the third quarter and recent federal government figures suggest a continuation of the trend, spelling a weak 2019 springboard.

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Cemex Ventures: Connectivity, technologies, urban planning

Sources: Cemex S.A.B. de C.V., Monterrey, Mexico; CP staff

A new Cemex corporate unit will focus on innovation, technology and venture capital as they drive construction industry evolution. Looking beyond core cement, concrete and aggregate businesses, Cemex Ventures will open an inaugural call later this month for startups, entrepreneurs, innovators, and entities exploring new opportunities in:

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Survey finds construction interests lag in mobile, other technology tool adoption

Sources: KPMG International, New York; CP staff

U.S. construction companies are embracing drone aircraft, robotics, RFID equipment, materials tracking, data analytics and other tools at limited rates, according to KPMG International’s “Building a technology advantage – Global Construction Survey.”

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Enterprising Cemex deploys Ready Mix Solutions platform across globe

Cemex IT staff integrated the company’s enterprise platform to link RMS with individual plant production systems.

Sources: Cemex S.A.B. de CV, Monterrey, Mexico; CP staff

Following such company-wide initiatives as branded, performance product offerings and social media-styled communication of best practices, the world’s top ready mixed source continues phased rollout of technology integrating its cement, aggregates and concrete value chain to deliver building solutions exactly when customers need them.

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Fifty years enough for world’s best known concrete signature

American Concrete Institute (ACI) logo

Against a World of Concrete 2014 backdrop last month in Las Vegas, the American Concrete Institute unveiled a new logo and tagline aimed at strengthening its message and perception among target audiences in industry, government, academia and scientific communities. Marking the first major update since 1964, a new ACI logo reflects the group’s 110-year heritage and increasingly global reach with a more modern, vibrant, and professional image. It signifies the next step in the ACI brand evolution and serves as the foundation for consistent design and messaging across all Institute communications. A new tagline, “Always advancing,” highlights commitment to perpetuating concrete knowledge, technology, construction, and quality, as well as collaboration and professional growth.

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AASHTO weighs Technology Implementation Group candidate products, concepts

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Technology Implementation Group (TIG) is reviewing product, material and equipment candidates for the TIG Lead State Team and Peer-to-Peer deployment model. The AASHTO Standing Committee on Highways established TIG to champion best practices among state and local agencies and industry partners to improve the nation’s transportation system.

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