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U.S. Concrete launches Caribbean platform, reshapes regional management

Sources: U.S. Concrete Inc., Euless, Texas; CP staff

U.S. Concrete has closed on the U.S. Virgin Islands’ principal ready mixed and aggregate source, Heavy Materials, LLC, plus the assets of peer operator Spartan Concrete Products, LLC. Their combined operations create a stronger vertically integrated platform to serve an extensive base of customers throughout the Virgin Islands and neighboring Caribbean islands.

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Smoothness/roughness measurement standard advances decorative concrete

Source: ASTM International, West Conshohocken, Pa.

The proposed WK49335, Test Method for Concrete Micro Surface Texture, describes the use of a contact stylus instrument, or profilometer, and reliable data indexes to measure and quantify a slab or structure’s smoothness/roughness value. Members of ASTM Subcommittee E06.21 on Serviceability envision fast and precise surface inspection on a wide range of cement-based building materials, especially concrete flooring and decorative surfaces.

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NCMA programs R-value/U-Factor calculator for block assemblies

Sources: National Concrete Masonry Association, Herndon, Va.; CP staff

The latest addition to the NCMA TEK library covering concrete masonry building or hardscape unit design and construction is an Excel spreadsheet companion to documents on single- or multi-wythe wall thermal values, and Thermal Catalog for Concrete Masonry Assemblies.

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