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Seizing the Opportunity

Seizing the Opportunity

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    The hill backup was a highlight of the Serious Truck Challenge.

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    A crowd watches pervious concrete being place at Pervious Live.

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    The hill backup was a highlight of the Serious Truck Challenge.

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    A representative of Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers helps conduct the CIM auction.

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    Boris Stein, vice president, Twining Inc., (foreground) discusses volumetric concrete production as Richard Szecsy, chairman of ASTM C-09, looks on.

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    A contestant operates a skid steer in the John Deere Operator Challenge.

Pervious Concrete Goes Live

In its inaugural event, Pervious Concrete Live gave producers, contractors, and specifiers the tools to keep up with this rapidly growing market segment. Between classroom sessions, demonstrations, vendors, and networking opportunities, this was the place to be.

As part of the WOC educational program, there were three formal opportunities to learn more about the material. A three-hour seminar prepared contractors for taking the pervious concrete certification exam. Later in the week, Bruce Glaspey of Magruder Construction and Matt Offenberg of Grace Construction Products taught a session on proportioning and testing pervious concrete mixtures.

Pervious Concrete Live also provided vendors a place to showcase their products and services specific to this market segment. With assistance from Alan Spark-man, executive director of the Tennessee Concrete Association, demonstrations were held every two hours.

“It was a wonderful networking event,” says Sparkman. “I really enjoyed talking to people from different parts of the country and learning new things about local techniques and materials.”

The event was presented by CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION magazine and sponsored by Bunyan Industries, Multiv-ibe, BASF, Lura Enterprises, and Cemen Tech.

To learn more, you can watch two videos of Pervious Concrete Live at Concrete Construction TV at www.concreteconstruction.net.


CIM Auction Raises $500,000

The annual Concrete Industry Management (CIM) auction raised more than $500,000, including a record by Internet bidders. “The attendance at the auction was greater than ever before,” said Brian Gallagher, chairman of the marketing committee for the CIM National Steering Committee (NSC). “The expanded participation this year from Internet bidders was a key, as we sold $97,000 worth of items through online bidding.”

The star item was Mack Truck model GU713 equipped with a McNeilus 11-yard Bridgemaster mixer donated by Mack Trucks Inc. and McNeilus Cos. San Benito Supply from Northern California was the winning bidder. “We are thrilled how everyone stepped up to donate and bid on the great auction items and support the CIM program,” said Eugene Martineau, executive director of the NSC. “The money raised will benefit the National Steering Committee and support the current CIM program, as well as help fund future program expansion.” For more, visit. www.concretedegree.com.


2011 Most Innovative Products

After tabulating thousands of votes, we are happy to announce the winners of the Most Innovative Products (MIP) award program.

Held each year at World of Concrete, the program showcases many of the new products exhibited. The MIP program gives attendees and readers of THE CONCRETE PRODUCER, CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION, MASONRY CONSTRUCTION, and CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION PRODUCTS a chance to vote for the products they judge as most innovative.

A panel of industry experts, many of whom serve on the WOC Educational Advisory Board, reviewed and selected MIP award winners. The magazine editors also made their own selections.

Below are the winners that are of most interest to our readers. To see the winners in all nine categories, visit www.mip2011.com.

EXPERTS' CHOICEWIRELESS FIELD PRINTER

Use the Handjet EBS-250 Printer to make durable markings on concrete, concrete pipe, and other surfaces. This large character ink-jet printer technology replaces paint, stencils, and handwritten information. It can store multiple messages up to 10 lines or 1300 characters. When the printer's internal batteries are fully charged, workers count on 50 hours of nonstop printing at normal ambient temperatures. EBS Ink-Jet Systems USA Inc. 847-996-0739. www.ebs-inkjet-usa.com




EXPERTS' CHOICECOLD WEATHER RELEASE AGENT

Pro-Release with Winter Guard is a water-based, chemically active form release agent designed for cold weather application and storage. The formulation combines chemical and barrier components to improve release of most concrete mix designs, including mixes containing pozzolans such as fly ash or blast furnace slag. It can be applied to steel and aluminum forms in temperatures as low as 25° F. Nox-Crete Products Group. 800-669-2738. www.nox-crete.com




EDITORS' CHOICEREBAR POSITIONING DEVICE

E-Z Bar incorporates a traditional z-bar spacer and two wall chairs into one assembly. It snaps into place and latches closed to prevent dislodgement during construction. The latches can be manually lifted and the device removed and reinstalled. Each device eliminates two wall chairs, one traditional fabricated z-bar, and much of the labor costs associated with the installation. PlasmaFab LLC. 877-853-9227. www.e-zbar.com




ATTENDEES' CHOICEMOBILE MIX BATCH PLANT

The Mobilmix 0.5 is a mobile central mix concrete production plant with an output rate of up to 40 cu. yds./hr. The pre-assembled, pre-wired plant can be delivered, erected, and ready for operation in a matter of hours without using a crane. The plant's steel support pads eliminate the need for concrete foundations and provide a 14-ft.-high clearance for truck mixer loading. Liebherr Concrete Technology Co. 866-879-6312. www.liebherr.us




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