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HPC mix designs heed laser tunnel aluminum, magnesium, silica sensitivity

LafargeHolcim Ltd. unit Holcim Deutschland formulated a series of high performance concretes for elements lining a 3.4-kilometer tunnel housing the world’s most powerful X-ray laser. Located near Hamburg, Germany, the European XFEL generates extremely intense X-ray flashes researchers from around the world use to map atomic details of viruses, film chemical reactions, and study the processes in the interior of planets.

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Construction-driven IT specialist projects “year of digital disruption”

Norwalk, Conn.-based Triax Technologies, Inc., a provider of connected-jobsite software and hardware tools, contends that 2018—thanks to Internet of Things (IoT) and companion developments—will see construction shatter its reputation as one of the least digitized sectors.

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ACI recognizes excellence in concrete innovation

The American Concrete Institute honored 12 concrete projects at the 2017 Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards gala during the Institute’s convention in Anaheim, Calif. The overall winner was R•torso•C, a concrete minimalist residence in Tokyo. The Excellence in Concrete awards program was created to honor the visions of the most creative projects in the concrete industry, while providing a platform to recognize concrete innovation, technology, and excellence across the globe. In order to be eligible for participation in the Excellence Awards, projects needed to be winners at a local ACI Chapter level and submitted by that Chapter, or chosen by one of ACI’s International Partners.

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Command Alkon extracts data riches from industry’s most confined space

A stainless steel probe measuring slump and temperature of ready mixed concrete in transit or at point of placement, along with precise volume of any post-pour material, anchors Command Alkon’s newest platform, COMMANDassurance, formally debuting at 2018 World of Concrete, Las Vegas.

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Green certification, standards forces align

Global testing and certification provider TÜV Rheinland has partnered with the international standards organization GIGA (Global Innovations Green Algorithms) in a new initiative to help construction designers and engineers build more sustainable buildings. Under a partnership announced last month at the 2017 Greenbuild in Boston, some content from TÜV Rheinland’s global Certipedia certificate database will feed into GIGA’s online material data hub, Origin, which highlights certified, environment-friendly building materials and products.

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