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Ozinga Energy tests emerging natural gas platform to run an F-150

Sources: Ingevity, North Charleston, S.C.; Ozinga Bros. Inc., Mokena, Ill.; CP staff

Ozinga Energy is delving deeper into diesel and gasoline alternatives to fuel light- to medium-duty trucks. Through a partnership with activated carbon processor Ingevity, the Ozinga Bros. entity is demonstrating a new natural gas fueling platform in a Ford F-150. 

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Rebar connector research team targets large cage safety

Sources: Charles Pankow Foundation, McLean, Va.; CP staff

A lack of proper engineering design and detailing procedures to safeguard slurry wall foundation, cast-in-drilled hole pile and tall column rebar cage stability has compelled a Pankow Foundation grant for the American Society of Civil Engineers Construction Institute, teaming with the University of Nevada, Reno. Researchers will examine behavior of cages incorporating innovative mechanical connectors—U-bolt, threaded rod with plate and wire rope—during various loading conditions. 

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FMCSA program delineates truck crash CSA, SMS reportability

Sources: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration; National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Alexandria, Va.; CP staff 

The new Crash Preventability Determination Program (CPDP) enables commercial motor vehicle drivers or owners to submit a Request for Data Review covering eligible events from August 2019 forward. By formally clarifying crash conditions or circumstances, it stands to bring greater accuracy and fairness to FMCSA Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) and Safety Measurement System (SMS) mechanisms for critiquing driver or carrier safety performance.

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Accenture, Intel measure precast artificial reef element performance

Sources: Accenture, New York; CP staff

A precast artificial reef concept, Sulu-Reef Prosthesis (SRP), is elevating the practice of using new or recycled concrete in coral reef restoration or expansion. Professional services and semiconductor giants Accenture and Intel Corp. are teaming with Sulubaaï Environmental Foundation to monitor an SRP installation around the Philippines' Pangatalan Island. 

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Holcim flagship books first Liebherr electric mixer truck order

Sources: Liebherr-Mischtechnik GmbH, Designwerk Products AG, Germany; CP staff

Germany's Liebherr and Designwerk have developed the first fully electric concrete mixer trucks with 10- or 12-m³ drums on a five-axle chassis. The models are scheduled to premier later this year in Holcim and KIBAG fleets in Switzerland, where five-axle mixers with 40-tonne GVW are legal.

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