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New FHWA index measures materials’ steady cost escalation

Sources: Federal Highway Administration; CP staff

The new National Highway Construction Cost Index, dubbed NHCCI 2.0 following major methodological revisions to improve accuracy, shows asphalt, concrete and metal prices rising 107 percent, 61 percent and 45 percent, respectively, from 2003 to 2016.

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ACI Council forum to spotlight algae-based binder, CO2-formed aggregate

Source: American Concrete Institute, Farmington Hills, Mich.

The ACI Foundation’s Strategic Development Council has scheduled showcases on new binder and aggregate developments, plus pavement joint testing methods during its Technology Forum 42, September 6-7 in Reston, Va.:

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NRMCA research finds cause to revisit ACI 318 chloride limits

Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.; CP staff

In collaboration with Dr. Neal Berke of Kalamazoo, Mich.-based Tourney Consulting Group, NRMCA has completed research to a) establish a relationship between the calculated total (initial) chloride content and measured water-soluble chloride content in hardened concrete; and, b) potentially give ready mixed producers latitude in mixture adjustments on projects bound by ACI 318 Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete.

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Penn State affiliate sets 2018 launch for concrete science major

Sources: Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport; CP staff

A two-year associate degree in concrete science technology will be offered in the fall 2018 semester through the Penn College School of Construction & Design Technologies. Presented as the East Coast’s only program of its kind, it will prepare students for success in concrete production and analytical evaluation.

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Forta acquires VM fiber dispenser technology

Source: Forta Corp., Grove City, Pa. 

In conjunction with recently acquired VM Fiber Feeder Inc. assets, Forta will build out synthetic fiber concrete reinforcement offerings to include a patented fiber dispenser line. VM Fiber Feeder was established in 2003 with a goal of producing cost-effective and user-friendly fiber feeders and fiber for the volumetric concrete market. It quickly expanded with additional dispensers for synthetic fiber dispersion in concrete and asphalt production.

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