May 2008 Table of Contents

Articles
The Forgotten Foundation

The newly opened Chaivetz Center, a 10,000-seat arena is now St. Louis University's campus center for sports, cultural events, and commencements. But just as importantly, it's also a classic example of how concrete provides the forgotten foundation of our lives. Read more

Key Suggestions

Selecting the proper computer system requires evaluating a number of factors. Here are some key ones. Read more

Driven to Help Driven to Help

Kerri Todd improves drier safety and retention. Read more

Cost-Effective Solutions Fleet Factors Cost-Effective Solutions

The Work Truck Show emphasized “going green.” Read more

Modern Moisture Testing

Changes have occurred in testing floor dryness. Read more

Another Brick in the Wall

If you're a producer who already sells block and other products to masonry contractors, you might talk with your customers to see if they want to branch out. You might let them know how to get installation training or point them toward sources of help with Segmental Retaining Wall engineering. Read more

Bursting at the Seams

With the economy struggling, one might have expected low attendance at CONEXPO-CON/AGG. Instead, the show at the Las Vegas Convention Center in March shattered records. More than 144,600 people attended; 2182 exhibitors displayed their products in more than 2.28 million square feet. Read more

Integrating Technology

Concrete producers, who long have used some computer programs in their back office and batching areas, are seeing the benefits of adding new programs and integrating their systems. Computer companies, meanwhile, are taking advantage of high-efficiency chips, larger memory capabilities, and wireless technology to provide a wider (and cheaper) range of options. Read more

More Than Fiddling Around

What do you do when a project doesn't go just right? It seems that everyone has a story to tell about times like these. Simon Stanfield, whom I met at January's World of Concrete, provides a tale on how to make the best out of a bad situation. Read more

Problem Clinic Testing for Bridge Deck Shrinkage

Q: We plan to bid on some state bridge deck work planned in our area. Our district engineer is open to allowing a high-performance mix that will help mitigate the possibility of undue cracking. Our lab is analyzing several mixes with standard features such as strength, set time, and chloride resistance. But we have been struggling with how to demonstrate a concrete mix's performance regarding crack potential. What is an acceptable test method to use to compare different concrete mixes? Read more

Counting Carbon Counting Carbon

Concrete can help control CO2 levels in green building projects. Read more

Automating the Precast Business Automating the Precast Business

Precision Development has developed what many consider to be the first total management software program that can fully automate the business practices of a modern precast concrete business. Read more

Sika Buys Flooring Business

Sika Corp., has acquired the commercial and industrial polymer flooring unit of Valspar Corp. Read more

Euclid Chemical Acquires Increte

The Euclid Chemical Co. has expanded its presence in the decorative concrete market by acquiring Increte Systems of Odessa, Fla. Read more

PCA: We're In a Recession PCA: We're In a Recession

Construction and cement consumption in the U.S. will decline significantly this year, according to the Portland Cement Association (PCA). Portland cement consumption will drop 10% this year, followed by another 3.6% decline in 2009. Total U.S. cement consumption will total 102.7 metric tons this year. Read more

Call to Action

A call has gone out to concrete producers to help shape infrastructure spending for years to come. The Transportation Construction Coalition's 2008 Fly-in takes place at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on May 20–21. Read more

Time to Fly Time to Fly

It's clear to me that in this election year that we have one important task. As stakeholders in the transportation industry, we must bring greater attention to the important issues of improving roads and the transportation infrastructure. We need to get to every candidate at every level and of every political party. We must teach politicians that success to practically every social initiative could be quicker with better roads and transportation systems. Read more