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Virtual Design & Construction specialist to open BIM for Masonry Symposium

Sources: International Masonry Institute, Bowie, Md.; CP staff

A Dallas-based consultant specializing in Building Information Modeling-enabled Virtual Design & Construction methods, Will Ikerd, P.E., will present the American Institute of Architects and Associated General Contractors of America’s joint Level of Development Specification to lead off the BIM for Masonry 2015 Symposium, April 9-10 in St. Louis.

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Bendix unites collision prevention, speed limit compliance, driver coaching technologies

Sources: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC, Elyria, Ohio; CP staff

Capable of reading and holding truck drivers to posted speed limits, momentary engine de-throttling and automatic brake engagement upon detecting imminent or highly probable accident conditions, a new suite of vehicle-mounted devices leverages established ESP Electronic Stability Program, Wingman Advanced Collision Mitigation, and AutoVue Lane Departure Warning System technologies. Bendix CVS unveiled the Wingman Fusion package at the Mid-America Trucking Show, March 26-28 in Louisville.

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Volvo Trucks’ axle, suspension specs raise tanker tractor fuel efficiency

Sources: Volvo Trucks North America, Greensboro, N.C.; CP staff

Adaptive Loading, a 6x2 tractor configuration whose liftable forward axle automatically adjusts to load weight changes and 4x2 operation, can lower fuel consumption 3-5 percent and tire wear 20 percent in cement and other bulk material hauling. Volvo Trucks premiered the technology at the Mid-America Trucking Show, March 26-28 in Louisville.

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Silvi adds three Garden State RM plants in two R.E. Pierson Materials deals

Sources: Silvi Group, Fairless Hills, Pa.; CP staff

Silvi Group has closed on R.E. Pierson Materials’ Winslow and Logan Township central mixed plants in southern New Jersey, three months after acquiring Pierson’s nearby Lumberton Township operation. The latter operates as Silvi Concrete of Mt. Holly, while the newly added plants will be rebranded Silvi Concrete of Berlin and Logan, respectively.

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Safety Coalition: OSHA silica rule cost estimate off by $4.5 billion

Source: Construction Industry Safety Coalition, Washington, D.C.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s proposed standards covering respirable crystalline silica will cost contractors and their suppliers $5 billion per year—nearly $4.5 billion above estimates agency officials indicated in September 2013, when they outlined a new permissible exposure limit (PEL) for construction and general industry workplaces.

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