Blogs

  • How Are You Benchmarking?

    I'm thinking things are better, even for next year. But how are you feeling now about 2015?

     
  • Meet with us in DC

    Next week ACI will be holding its fall convention at Washington Hilton, Washington, D.C. For many producers this sounds as exciting as chipping out a full drum of hardened concrete. After all, isn’t ACI just a group of engineers and researchers?

     
  • The Triad Award

    There are lots of awards out there recognizing concrete projects. We wanted to take that one step further and recognize the team behind a great concrete construction project.

     
  • Sharing Our News of Career Opportunity

    With so many deep layoffs in our ranks, many locations are trying to rehire positions only to be stymied by lack of interest.

     
  • Sharing North American Concrete Production Ideas with India

    I plan to profile several recently erected production plants. I’d like to profile ready-mixed concrete, pipe production, wet-cast precast, block, and hollowcore operations to our Indian attendees. And I'm looking for recent projects to profile.

     
  • Sharing Pervious Opportunities in Brazil

    This promoter is working hard to increase pervious concrete's market share.

     
  • Designing Our Future

    To be a significant player in the next decade your plans must consider how BIM will affect your customers' business, and yours.

     
  • Paving RCC’s Promotion

    If our industry is going to gain a larger percentage of the secondary and municipal; pavement market, we must work to have RCC pavement not be limited to special or experimental paving projects.

     
  • Our Nation’s Best Export

    For more than 100 years our concrete industry has been setting the standard for safety through its work on C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates.

     
  • Creating a Glimpse of What’s Happening

    This year’s survey is probably more important than any we have conducted in the past.

     
  • A Father's Day Gift Payback

    Suggesting the CIM program to a high school student is opening the door to a career, and a better chance for our industry to grow.

     
  • Concrete and the National Economy

    Producers can learn from the Italian economic experience. We need to continually remind our public officials that investment in infrastructure is keystone of economic stability. We must ensure them that concrete’s service life will exceed the bond payments.

     
  • Chatting up the Codes

    For more than ten years, members of ACI 318’s technical committee have revising the stoic code. Their goal was to transform this important information from a 1980’s document to a modern source of information. This ambitious effort is an attempt to encourage greater concrete use on structural...

     
  • On Camera

    EarthCam launched its new ConstructionCamTV – a 24-hour “TV channel” devoted to a global network of live construction cameras. Just imagine watching not only your work, but your competitor’s as well!

     
  • Managing Business Cards - Update

    Reader suggestions on how to organize paper business cards

     
  • Moving Forward

    But now might be the time for producers to reconsider ACI committee membership. There’s a new feel to ACI and it’s more than the new colorful logo unveiled in the World of Concrete’s Gold Lot.

     
  • A Backpack Full of Innovation

    Our industry is blessed with great manufacturers and suppliers. Even with the depressed business climate, research and development has continued. And it has been at breakneck speed. Their hard work is now my hard work. Over the next few weeks I will be posting hundreds of new products, materials...

     
  • Recognizing the Science Around Coal Ash, Finally

    These positive indications come at an important time for our industry. Fly ash use in concrete was at its lowest level in 2013, for many decades. Coal power plant operators, uncertain of the EPA’s final ruling, weren’t interested in investing in fly ash beneficiating  operations. And some...

     
  • Planning for Our Gathering

    This World of Concrete for has been fun to plan. First of all, it’s our 40th Anniversary, and there’s the planning that goes along with the extra celebratory events. Second, we have added a host of industry related activities that reflect the renewed spirit of optimism that is just starting to...

     
  • A Resilient Market

    The concrete industry’s best marketers for residential construction are those guys who chase tornados and report on hurricanes. Every time they show a damaged wood-frame structure, it’s a subtle reminder that concrete and masonry homes would have stood the test.

     
 
 
 
 

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