Vassiliko's cement sales make steady climb | Small concrete bases suitable for Dubai's proposed transport system | New ACI Certificate program packages
11 June 2019
Concrete news and innovations in and around the Middle East
Industry News
Concreative, XtreeE to open 3D-printing plant in UAE
Concreative has partnered with fellow 3D-printing company XtreeE to launch a production facility in the United Arab Emirates, with Concreative's goal to use the XtreeE technology on 25% of construction projects. The partnership comes on the heels of a major financial commitment Thornton Tomasetti's innovation investment arm made to XtreeE.
ME Construction News (Dubai) (10 Jun.) 
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Vassiliko's cement sales make steady climb
Vassiliko Cement Works in Cyprus reports its cement sales climbed 17% last year, and the company expects its sales rebound that began in 2015 to continue. "It is indicative that in 2018 alone, we have reached 45% of cement consumption -- a significant improvement, yet not enough for us to feel comfortable with," said George Savva, Vassiliko's general manager.
Financial Mirror/Cyprus (08 Jun.) 
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Small concrete bases suitable for Dubai's proposed transport system
A proposed suspended transport system that could be supported by small concrete bases is now part of the Self-Driving Transport Strategy in Dubai. The electric Skytran system would be as high as 30 feet above ground.
Construction Week Online (United Arab Emirates) (10 Jun.) 
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ACI News
New ACI Certificate program packages
Take advantage of the new ACI University Certificate program packages. You can now obtain in-depth knowledge about several topics and earn a program certificate -- priced at $279, with the ACI member rate discounted to $79.
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Technology & Trends
Curved concrete resembles sand dune at golf course clubhouse in Jordan
A golf course with a clubhouse featuring a curved concrete shell resembling a sand dune is being built in Aqaba, Jordan. Workers learned shotcrete placement techniques as part of an exchange program with Oppenheim Architecture.
DesignBoom (10 Jun.) 
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New drone-driven system can assist with spraying of shotcrete
Architects in Spain are behind the development of a drone-driven method that involves spraying shotcrete through a long hose for use on various construction sites. "The hope is that such projects and techniques bring back sustainability linked with earth architecture in dense city centers," says Stephanie Chaltiel of MuDD Architects.
Fast Company online (03 Jun.) 
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Concrete domes used for ceiling of Australian mosque
More than 100 concrete domes known as muqarnas define the sculpted ceiling of the Punchbowl Mosque in Australia. The domes have holes in the center to allow natural light to enter the mosque, which was built for the Australian Islamic Mission.
DesignBoom (10 Jun.) 
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Sustainability & Green Building
NTPC uses nano concrete instead of natural stone for demo project
With natural stone scarce in North India, NTPC-Simhadri is trying out a nano concrete mix in a two-story demonstration building currently under construction. "It is an innovative project where 75% fly ash can be used instead of cement," says NTPC General Manager S.S. Rao, adding that the material's strength and properties are comparable to natural stone.
The Hindu (India) (06 Jun.) 
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