As the construction industry continues to strengthen in North America, so does the precast concrete sector. The growing optimism of plant owners and suppliers reverberated throughout The Precast Show 2016, March 3-5 in Nashville. Staged at the Gaylord Opryland Convention Center, the event drew the largest crowd in a decade—4,000 attendees—as precast producers looked to update equipment and train employees.
ASTM A1096, Test Method for Evaluating the Bond Quality of Steel Wire for Concrete stems from assessment of precast members where indented prestressing wires exhibit potential bond-related cracking. Soon to be published by ASTM International Committee A01 on Steel, Stainless Steel and Related Alloys, the standard is based on A1081, Test Method for Evaluating Bond of Seven-Wire Steel Prestressing Strand.
The Concrete Industry Management Program’s National Steering Committee grossed more than $925,000 at its annual auction, held in conjunction with the World of Concrete 2016. “[It] surpassed our highest gross proceeds total ever,” affirms Auction Committee Chairman Mike Philipps (Cemex USA). “We had a record in terms of the value of donated items and attendees that helped make this year’s event a tremendous success.”