Electric concrete construction vehicles offer reduced noise | 500-square-foot home built in 12 hours using 3D printing | Sand, concrete seen as possible electric reservoirs
July 19, 2019
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Electric concrete construction vehicles offer reduced noise
Energy-efficient construction vehicles were on display at the recent bauma convention in Munich, including Wacker Neuson Group's DW15e electrically operated wheel dumper and two electric mini-excavators that are quieter than diesel counterparts. CIFA unveiled upgrades to its electric hybrid Energya 9 mixer, which also has reduced noise.
Concrete Products (7/18) 
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Technology & Trends
500-square-foot home built in 12 hours using 3D printing
S-Squared 3D Printers built a 500-square-foot concrete home in Patchogue, N.Y., in less than 12 hours. The company, which just signed a contract to build 80 homes in Kansas, said the technology can reduce construction costs by up to 70% and uses the same amount of electricity as a typical hair dryer.
Patch/New York (7/18) 
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Sustainability & Green Building
Sand, concrete seen as possible electric reservoirs
Sand or concrete may eventually provide a lower-cost alternative to batteries for storing electrical power. Jason Miller, engineering manager at Echogen Power Systems, is working on a way to transform electrical energy into heat that can be stored en masse in these common construction materials and then converted back into electricity as needed.
Yale Climate Connections (7/17) 
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Seawalls often use concrete to keep back rising waters
Seawalls can be made using rocks, vegetation or concrete forms, such as on a beach off one of the Cook Islands, to dissipate wave energy while allowing water through, and in Japan where concrete tetrapods are used.
CNN (7/14) 
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Wind turbine blades being recycled as cement filler
With 12,000 wind turbines in the European Union estimated to be decommissioned in the next five years, various industry partners are investigating the use of recycled wind blade material as filler for cement. Blades can be ground onsite to eliminate shipping whole blades to a processing facility.
CompositesWorld (7/18) 
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Leadership & HR
Website formatting tips for contractors
Carl Sorensen addresses some of the typical mistakes contractors make when developing their websites, including incompatibility with mobile devices, use of the wrong tags and low-quality images. Contractors should make sure their websites have a clear call to action and overview of service areas, Sorensen writes.
Construction Business Owner (7/18) 
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Column: Keeping your company resilient in today's business landscape
A foray into additional markets and a willingness to invest in technology are needed to keep construction companies afloat at a time of narrow profit margins, Kenny Ingram writes. Improved business models and technology such as software for building information modeling and enterprise resource planning can help.
Electrical Construction & Maintenance magazine (7/17) 
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Policy Watch
States tackle infrastructure funding as D.C. dithers
Much talk but virtually no prospect of action on federal funding for infrastructure projects has left states to their own devices. Some states are considering alternatives to traditional motor vehicle fuel taxes, which some believe may be rendered obsolete as vehicles become more fuel-efficient.
Transport Topics (7/17) 
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Don't miss the opening session with keynote speaker Mark Bowden
Join us at The ACI Concrete Convention and Exposition this Fall in Cincinnati, Ohio. We will kick off the convention with the Opening Session and keynote speaker, Mark Bowden, on October 20, 2019. He will be presenting "Winning Body Language to Stand Out, Win Trust, and Gain Credibility."
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ACI welcomes first-time attendees to The ACI Concrete Convention and Exposition
First-time attendees and convention mentors are invited to the Convention Orientation Breakfast to learn about the week ahead and make new connections!
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