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January 16, 2013
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  • Concrete was a challenge for Ohio demolition contractors
    This article describes how two Cleveland-area demolition companies -- Chemtron Corp. and B&B Wrecking and Excavating -- took down the Plum Brook Reactor Facility in Sandusky, Ohio. The complexity of demolishing the five-foot-thick concrete walls, and allowing only clean concrete to enter the reactor hole as backfill are some of the challenges detailed in the article. (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainability & Green Building  
  • Would you eat your office building?
    Intelligent buildings were the topic of a recent British Council for Offices conference. From sensors embedded in walls, to nano-coatings and self-healing concrete, the idea is to create buildings designed to be more responsive to the needs of its inhabitants. It's not just a building's interior that's intelligent; it's the exterior as well. Installing plants on a building's exterior can provide produce, and algae -- which can absorb carbon dioxide and be recycled for energy -- can also be grown on the outside of buildings. BBC (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • British power station built with low-carbon cement
    A power station in Wales was built using low-carbon Phoenix Portland fly-ash cement to reduce its carbon footprint. The fly ash was produced locally, at a sister power plant. CelticAsh and Lafarge Tarmac worked with RWE npower to ensure that the product was a low carbon cement that still met the structural requirements of the project. "The ash content of the cement [typically around 30%] significantly reduces its heat of hydration, which in turn reduces the risk of thermal cracking in large concrete pours," said Allan Everett, general manager of CelticAsh. (U.K.) (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership & HR  
  • How to marry risk management and innovation
    Risk management and innovation might seem to be opposing goals for a company, writes Steve Culp, managing director for Accenture Risk Management. However, there are benefits to joining the two functions. "When properly fused, the two disciplines can help organizations pursue opportunities that a risk-averse culture might leave on the cutting room floor," Culp writes. He provides three principles to link risk management and innovation in a company. Forbes (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch  
  • $50.5B Sandy relief bill passes House
    The House has passed a $50.5 billion spending bill to pay for recovery from superstorm Sandy. The bill would provide $16.3 billion to the Federal Transit Administration; $5.7 billion to Army Corps of Engineers projects; and $2 billion to the Federal Highway Administration. It moves next to the Senate. Engineering News-Record (1/15), The Washington Post (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ACI News  
  • Attention students: Free E-membership from ACI
    In an effort to provide students worldwide with the connections, resources, and opportunities to be successful in their studies and -- ultimately -- in their careers, the American Concrete Institute has made membership free and easily accessible... electronically. Please take a few moments to learn more and apply for free membership today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The Leading Edge of Pervious Concrete CD-ROM (SP-282)
    This CD-ROM contains seven papers that were presented at sessions sponsored by ACI Committee 522 at the ACI Fall 2009 Convention in New Orleans, La. The aim of this SP is to present some of the latest research findings on pervious concrete and to provide state-of-the-art examples on the use of pervious concrete. The papers in this SP present the latest research results from both experimental and numerical studies on various aspects of pervious concrete. Order your copy today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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