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ASTM Committee C13 approves inaugural precast segmental box culverts standard

Sources: ASTM International, West Conshohocken, Pa.; CP staff

Newly published ASTM C1786, Specification for Segmental Precast Reinforced Concrete Box Sections for Culverts, Storm Drains and Sewers Designed According to AASHTO LRFD relieves producers and engineers from having to refer to alternative ASTM standards for similar structures—each lacking segmental culvert design and fabrication specifics.

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Late-2014 figures track positively trending construction market

Sources: Associated General Contractors of America, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

Analyzing new federal government data on construction spending through November, AGC confirms that overall 2014 project activity was set to modestly outpace 2013 totals. Figures released January 2 coincide with association members’ push for action on a series of federal infrastructure programs, including funding for highway and transit upgrades, plus clean water initiatives.

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World of Concrete set for biggest draw since 2008

Sources: Informa Exhibitions US, Irving, Texas; CP staff

With more than 600,000 net square feet of indoor and outdoor exhibit space harboring 1,300-plus manufacturers, material suppliers and industry service providers, the World of Concrete is poised for its best staging in six years. Ahead of a transition to new owner Informa Exhibitions, longtime operator Hanley Wood Exhibitions projected show attendance exceeding 50,000 this year.

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