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Freightliner takes Hoover Dam at face value in autonomous vehicle premier

26 FFi 150With exposed surface area equal to nearly 10 football fields, one of the world’s top concrete icons supported Daimler Trucks North America’s early-May premier for the first autonomous Class 8 truck licensed to use public roads. Hoover Dam, linking Arizona and Nevada at the Black Canyon and embodying 3 million yd. of cast-in-place concrete, served as the backdrop for a prime time video presentation on the Freightliner Inspiration Truck. The 30-minute production was capped by the vehicle’s arrival at the center of the structure, whose top bears U.S. 93 traffic.

 

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Agencies bear down on tornados

25 Safe 150Responding to increased interest in tornado safe rooms driven by National Weather Service-tracked patterns, plus recent, deadly events, the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) has released new videos highlighting five of the most common building solutions.

 

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Nanotech-enabled concrete coating quells heat transfer 20+ percent

23 EaglePlatinum1 150A leading independent in one of the more specialized areas of manufactured concrete, Rialto, Calif.-based Eagle Roofing Products continues regional rollout of Platinum Tile, whose patented, penetrating coating acts as a thermal insulator to reduce heat transfer into and out of a structure. Applied to freshly extruded concrete tile, the coating is a product of nanotechnology, where measurements tend to billionths of a meter.

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Virginia, Florida, S.C. top building code and resiliency survey of coastal states

24 Code 150Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) President and CEO Julie Rochman announced the second edition of the “Rating the States” report at the 2015 National Hurricane Conference. It assesses progress 18 hurricane-prone states along the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Coast have made to strengthen their residential building code systems since IBHS’ original 2012 report.

 

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Nano-scale research confirms cellulose products’ cement hydration capacity

22 Purdue 150Nanocrystals extracted from cellulose microfibrils—structures that give plants and trees strength and resilience—can increase concrete tensile strength up to 30 percent by creating tiny water inlets in a matrix and promoting more efficient cement hydration.

 

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