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Artificial intelligence drives injury reduction effort for masons

Artificial intelligence (AI) is giving University of Waterloo, Ontario, researchers new insights to help reduce wear-and-tear injuries and boost the productivity of skilled construction workers. Motion sensor data and AI software reveal how expert bricklayers use previously unidentified techniques to limit the loads on their joints—knowledge that can now be passed on to apprentices.

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ASTM guide measures mix performance, material compatibility

ASTM International Subcommittee C09.48 on Performance of Cementitious Materials and Admixture Combinations’ working document, WK40615 Guide for Comparing Performance of Concrete Materials Using Mortar Mixtures, standardizes longstanding material-performance investigation protocol.

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Apple accessory specialist cements iPhone and MacBook protection

Onotone, a Seattle-based manufacturer of minimalist backpacks, iPhone and MacBook accessories, has added another like-minded product to its inventory. Cast with portland cement in ultra-thin sections, the Concrete series is available for all models of iPhone and MacBook family.

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PCI releases Design Handbook, Eighth Edition

The Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute’s revised PCI Design Handbook: Precast and Prestressed Concrete provides easy-to-follow design procedures, numerical examples, and both new and updated design aids using Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete (ACI 318-14) and Commentary (ACI 318R-14); ASCE 7-10 Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures; 2015 International Building Code; and, other current standards.

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ACI publishes Manual of Practice successor

The American Concrete Institute has released the 2018 ACI Collection of Concrete Codes, Specifications, and Practices. Formerly known as the Manual of Concrete Practice, it serves as the most comprehensive and largest single source of information on concrete design, construction, and materials, with nearly 50 codes and specifications and 200-plus practices—including all guides and reports.

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