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The Future Takes Shape

The Future Takes Shape

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    Attendees will find out what's new and what's coming from product and technology vendors exhibiting at the event.

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The Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) invites producers to “Shape Your Future” at its 57th annual Convention and National Bridge Conference in Salt Lake City. The event takes place at the Salt Palace Convention Center, Oct. 22-26.

PCI President James Toscas encourages industry professionals to invest in this valuable educational and networking opportunity. “Expand your knowledge, learn about new products and technologies, and develop vital relationships,” he says.

A Welcome Reception kicks off the event on Saturday, Oct. 22, with a preview of exhibits and PCI Foundation silent auction. The 11,000-square-foot exhibit hall will be open for four hours each day, Sunday through Tuesday.

The event promises extensive educational opportunities. Attendees can earn continuing education credits in multiple tracks, including productivity, research and development, and transportation. A technical program includes more than 120 peer-reviewed papers.

Special sessions will focus on the Strand Bond Quality Assurance Test (Peterman Test), Innovative use of FRP (fiber reinforced polymer) for the Precast Industry, and the new Third Edition of the Bridge Design Manual. A team of PCI experts will also share their observations of various precast structural systems in New Zealand from their trip following a 6.3 magnitude earthquake that hit the country earlier this year.

At the National Bridge Conference Plenary on Sunday, Oct. 23, Myint Lwin, director of the Federal Highway Administration Office of Bridge Technology, will present an overview of the Highway Bridge Program, the current state of the authorization of the Highway Bridge Programs, and a detailed review of concrete-related legislation. Utah Department of Transportation representatives will also explain their innovative approach to asset management.

Local precast producers Hanson Structural Precast and Owell Precast will open their doors for plant tours on Wednesday, Oct. 26.


Following are products from some of the show's exhibitors; booth numbers were correct at time of publication. Visit http://pciconvention.org/2011.

Self-cleaning concrete

With the use of photocatalytic cement, TX Active destroys atmospheric compounds that discolor concrete surfaces over time. It also reduces primary pollutants deemed harmful to health and the environment. The technology was developed to combat air pollution in urban areas and to keep structures more aesthetically pleasing with less exterior maintenance. Essroc Italcementi Group. 610-837-6725. www.essroc.comBooth #402







Adjustable, grout-filled coupler

The Lenton Interlok rebar splicing system uses cementitious grout with its taper threaded system. The Lenton Interlok STHD grout-filled coupler can be adjusted to precise lengths, allowing the assembly to fit perfectly between two form walls. Used in conjunction with the standard Lenton Interlok coupler, the new system adds a parallel threaded insert, designed to telescope out to meet the forms. Erico. 800-813-3378. www.erico.comBooth #624


Rubber-tired gantry crane

The SL 75II mobile gantry crane can move anywhere in the yard or plant, and is easily adjustable for different applications. Operators can use a wireless remote to control the crane from any position, and steer each wheel independently with all-wheel electronic steering. It designed without a traversing hook to add stability to its narrow frame. Shuttlelift. 920-743-8650. www.shuttlelift.comBooth #210




Insulated wall panels

The THiN-Wall insulated wall panel system eliminates many thermal shorts associated with penetrations through the extruded polystyrene insulation. Composite action between the interior and exterior concrete wythes results in thinner, stronger walls that use less concrete to achieve the same structural strength. Precast producers also benefit from efficiency gains at the casting bed, which reduce the cost of producing precast insulated wall panels. Hughes Brothers. 800-869-0359. www.thin-wall.comBooth #208




Moisture monitor for concrete mixers

The Hydro-Mix VII flush-mounted microwave moisture sensor is designed for concrete mixers and features a choice of measurement modes for improved sensitivity and accuracy, and two analogue outputs. New electronics provide advanced Digital Signal Processing filters for improved mix times. Hydronix Limited. 888-887-4884. www.hydronix.comBooth #607









Precision performance power unit

The 3500 Power Unit is designed for high-volume, high-speed,, prestress operations. The unit features intuitive controls and is easy to calibrate. Field testing has verified that after initial loading, final load is typically reached on the first pull, with no additional correction required. Its energy-saving variable displacement pump reduces heat build-up in the hydraulic fluid. Hamilton Form. 817-590-2111. www.hamiltonform.comBooth #324





Heat water and aggregates

Produce concrete year-round, with the Turbomatic thermal energy heating system. The unit heats aggregates and water with TURBOgas/steam. It melts frozen aggregates in seconds, heats aggregates in minutes, and produces hot water needed for mixing, plant and utility heating, curing, mixer washout, and other uses. Standley Batch Systems Inc. 800-325-8084. www.standleybatch.comBooth #117




Concrete spreaders

A new line of Concrete Spreaders is ideally suited for placing concrete in many prestress applications, using either hydraulic gates or VFD-controlled electric-driven augers. Systems can accommodate long line and carousel applications. Features include an integral concrete surge hopper, self-contained control system, on-board automation controls, and onboard hydraulic power unit for gate operation. Columbia Machine Inc. 800-628-4065. www.columbiamachine.comBooth #217






3D modeling

BIMsight is a free application for combining and reviewing building information models. Producers can raise requests for information and report design challenges discovered during the detailing or fabrication process, and share models to provide accurate progress reporting. Tekla Inc. 877-835-5265. www.teklabimsight.comBooth #525






Segmental retaining block form

The Verti-Block form produces a hollow block measuring 2x4x3 ft. that is ideally proportioned for landscaping projects, including gravity walls up to 12 ft. high, or higher when reinforced. Its hollow, interlocking design makes it easy to handle. The precast block is less labor intensive to install than small, hand-laid blocks. Verti-Crete, LLC. 801-571-2028. www.verti-crete.comBooth #235





Improve concrete workability

RheoTEC Z-60 workability-retaining admixture allows concrete to maintain its fresh properties throughout transporting, placing, consolidating, and finishing operations, without adversely affecting the time of setting and hardened properties. The product has been used for a wide range of applications, including architectural, self-consolidating, high-strength, and fiber-reinforced concrete. BASF Construction Chemicals. 800-628-9990. www.basf-admixtures.com/RheoTECBooth #209





Software designed for precasters

The company's software programs help precast producers manage the design, manufacture, and installation of products. Structure-Works 2011 3D CAD modeling software allows users to model every component–concrete products, reinforcing, connections, lifting hardware–and generates drawings and bills of material. Software provides real-time status information for every product throughout the process. StructureWorks, LLC. 303-325-7419. www.structureworks.netBooth #503