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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.