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The longest haul

One of the key suppliers to Switzerland’s Gotthard base tunnel bills the structure as both novelty and “remarkable achievement in engineering.” At 57 meters or 35 miles, it is the world’s longest rail tunnel; passes through one of the highest Alpine massifs; and, will reduce the time that massive freight and modern high-speed trains need to travel from Zurich to Milan by around one hour.

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bauma 2016 spurs ‘new impulses for color in construction’

64 Rosenplatz 150Cologne, Germany-based Lanxess AG is demonstrating how inorganic pigments can add remarkable and lasting color to infrastructure and architecture at the bauma 2016 trade fair. Together with distributor Harold Scholz & Co. GmbH, the specialty chemicals company and parent of Pittsburgh-based Lanxess Corp. is exhibiting premium inorganic pigments at the international trade show, staged April 11-17 in Munich.

 

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Sand Bag Expedience

FF iTo limit downtime and inconvenience to Middletown residents, the Connecticut Department of Transportation aimed for a quick method to replace the short span Route 17 bridge over Long Hill Brook. Anchor Engineering Services, a civil and environmental consulting firm located in Glastonbury, Conn., decided that precast concrete would be the quickest solution. Its task was to design a replacement structure bearing on a foundation set in the stream bed’s variable rock base.

 

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University of South Florida polytechnic building scores top DCC award

72 USFPoly 150The Decorative Concrete Council has announced the winners of its eighth annual Decorative Concrete Awards competition. Awards were presented to 27 projects in cast-in-place stamped, stained or special finish, polished, overlay, vertical application, architectural concrete and artistry categories. A specialty council of the American Society of Concrete Contractors, DCC announced the winners last month at World of Concrete 2016 in Las Vegas.

 

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