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SCC 2016 organizers extend call for presentations

Sources: Missouri University of Science & Technology (Missouri S&T), Rolla

The committee overseeing the 6th North American Conference on Design and Use of Self-Consolidating Concrete (SCC 2016), May 15-18, 2016, in Washington, D.C., is reviewing abstracts for candidate papers and presentations through July 31. It invites engineers, architects, public works officials, material suppliers, researchers, academics, students, contractors, and concrete industry professionals to share their research, experiences and accomplishments in advancing SCC production and practice by submitting abstracts via the conference portal, www.scc2016.com.

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Dowel bar standard advances pavement quality control measures

Source: ASTM International, West Conshohocken, Pa.

The forthcoming ASTM E3013, Test Method for Evaluating Concrete Pavement Dowel Bar Alignment Using Magnetic Pulse Induction, will reinforce quality control and quality assurance measures behind durable, smooth mainline highways and airport runways. New to North America, magnetic pulse induction a) measures steel dowel alignment in concrete pavement joints, where the bars transfer loads from one slab to the next; and, b) yields data with which agencies or owners can determine if the dowel installation meets project specs.

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Construction employment: Up in California, down in W.V., good overall

Source: Associated General Contractors of America, Washington, D.C.

Construction firms added jobs in 40 states and the District of Columbia between May 2014 and May 2015 and in 28 states and D.C. between April and May this year, according to an AGC analysis of Labor Department data.

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