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Lehigh earmarks $600M for Indiana mill modernization, rail upgrade

Sources: Lehigh Hanson Inc., Irving, Texas; CP staff

Lehigh Hanson’s most ambitious undertaking to date entails a four-year, $600 million-plus modernization and expansion of the Lehigh Cement Co. Mitchell plant, aimed at increasing capacity from present 662,038 metric-ton-per-year level; lowering energy usage and emissions per ton of finished cement; and, continuing to leverage the southern Indiana site’s limestone riches.

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ICC-ES resumes site-specific product, material testing

Sources: ICC Evaluation Service, Brea, Calif.; CP staff

The International Code Council-aligned ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES) is reinstating its Building Department Service, which assists code officials in determining material, product or system suitability for specific project sites. ICC-ES technical staff evaluate a wide range of products, including fire-resistive assemblies, sandwich panels, classified roof coverings, and wall-covering systems. 

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Cloud-enabled ASTM collaboration platform speeds document development

Source: ASTM International, West Conshohocken, Pa.

ASTM’s new SpecBuilder empowers organizations to streamline collaboration and document development for internal specifications, test methods, guidelines, and procedures. Available as a subscription, it provides a single platform to ensure organizations’ drafts, comments, votes, and supporting documents, are uploaded, acted on, and archived within a single secure tool. Users can manage changes to documents; revise multiple documents simultaneously; accelerate voting processes; hyperlink to standards; improve communications; and, securely store and restart projects.

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Materials cost data provider applies analytics to predictive project pricing

Sources: Gordian Co., Greenville, S.C.; CP staff

Gordian has added Predictive Cost Data to its RSMeans Online service, citing the technology’s potential to deliver accurate, location-specific figures for more than 100 different types of construction projects up to three years out. With a few clicks, it delivers the cost of materials in a specific region during a particular quarter, helping users prioritize project timing and location.

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Life cycle auditor Athena revises pavement software program

Sources: Athena Sustainable Materials Institute, Ottawa; CP staff

The Athena Pavement LCA Web App has been updated to further simplify life cycle assessment (LCA) and make paving more environmentally sustainable and cost effective. Version 3.1 reflects plant process data based on the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association 2016 industry average LCA and Environmental Product Declaration for concrete, along with these companion improvements:

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