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Data integration prospects drive GCP’s investment in Sysdyne Technologies

Sources: GCP Applied Technologies, Cambridge, Mass.; CP staff

Leading admixture producer GCP Applied Technologies has announced a strategic stake in Sysdyne Technologies, a Stamford, Conn.-based provider of plant control and information technology solutions for ready mixed concrete producers.

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Report probes concrete petrography, defect detection

Sources: Lucideon, Schenectady, N.Y.; CP staff

A new white paper shows how petrographic examination identifies the root cause of common deficiencies and degradation mechanisms in hardened concrete, from low compressive strength, surface scaling or spalling to cracking and alkali-aggregate or chemical reactions. Available free of charge, “The Concreting Process and Petrographic Examination,” is primarily for cast-in-place concrete but offers content applicable to precast as well, and suits engineers, architects, contractors, producers, agencies and building owners.

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Group raises bar for residential, commercial building energy rating

Sources: Leading Raters of America, Fairfax, Va.; CP staff

Energy Inspectors Corp., PEG LLC, TopBuild Home Services Inc., and US-EcoLogic/TexEnergy have chartered Leading Raters of America (LRA) to promote best practices for energy rating services provided to home builders, commercial developers, institutional users and property managers.

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Falsified air test results catch up with quality control manager

Sources: U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Virginia, Alexandria; CP staff

A former concrete quality control manager pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit wire fraud in connection with the U.S. Department of Transportation-funded Dulles Metrorail Project Phase II, an 11.4-mile stretch of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority’s (MWAA) 26-mile Silver Line extension. 

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Global groups shift duties to further cement, concrete sustainability

Sources: Global Cement and Concrete Association, London; Cement Sustainability Initiative, Geneva; CP staff

A strategic partnership between the recently chartered Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA) and World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) is intended to facilitate sustainable development of the cement and concrete sectors and their value chains, while creating work program synergies benefitting both organizations’ members. Work from the WBCSD-hosted Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) will be transferred to GCCA in 2019. 

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