The Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute invites entries from engineering students for its Big Beam Contest. Each student team must work with a PCI producer-member to build a precast concrete beam. The beams will be tested and prizes awarded for the best performance. Applications are due by March 15. Visit www.pci.org.


The American Concrete Institute has joined the National Association of Home Builders' Concrete Home Building Council (CHBC) as an association member. This increases CHBC's membership to 11 national trade associations that act as NAHB's resource for cement-based building systems and products. Visit www.concrete.org and www.nahb.org.


ASTM International has introduced the new digital version of its entire library of technical information in digitized format. This new information repository enables users to access almost all of the ASTM literature spanning more than 140 technical committees and more than 100 years. For more information on the library, visit www.ast.org/digitallibrary.


The Portland Cement Association elected Charlie Sunderland chairman. Sunderland, the chairman and CEO of Ash Grove Cement Co., Overland Park, Kan., will serve a two-year term, succeeding James Repman of California Portland Cement Co. Visit www.cement.org.

Construction Scholarships

Scholarships for higher education and for tools are available at the ConstructMyFuture.com Web site. The program is open to students and construction industry professionals. Three scholarships of $1000 each will be awarded. The deadline to apply is Feb. 5. Visit www.constructmyfuture.com.

Global Cement Directory

The 88-page Global Cement Directory 2006-2007 listing of the world's cement plants is now available from Pro Publications. A limited number is available. For more and to download the order form, visit www.propubs.com.

AltusGroup Expands

Encon United of Denver and GPRM Prestress of Kapolei, Hawaii, have joined AltusGroup as precast producer members. Essroc Italcementi Group has joined as an Innovation Partner. AltusGroup has grown to 10 precasters nationwide to sell CarbonCast products from more than 30 locations. Visit www.altusprecast.com.