• 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.

     
  • Key Suggestions

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

     
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    Driven to Help

    Kerri Todd improves drier safety and retention.

     
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    Cost-Effective Solutions

    The Work Truck Show emphasized “going green.”

     
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    Modern Moisture Testing

    Changes have occurred in testing floor dryness.

     
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    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.

     
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    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.

     
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    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...

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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...

     
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    Counting Carbon

    Concrete can help control CO2 levels in green building projects.

     
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    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.

     
  • Sika Buys Flooring Business

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

     
  • Euclid Chemical Acquires Increte

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

     
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    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...

     
  • 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.

     
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    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...