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Quikrete, Oak Ridge Lab team on 3D-printed concrete R&D

Sources; Quikrete Companies, Atlanta; CP staff

Quikrete and the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tennessee, have entered a cooperative research and development agreement to design next-generation concrete for production of large-scale structures or elements through a 3D printing process. Using an Oak Ridge-developed additive manufacturing system, the two-phase, two-year collaboration will target specially-formulated mixes spawning new construction capabilities.

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New Volvo VHD leads ConExpo-Con/Agg Class 8 truck rollouts

Sources: Volvo Trucks North America, Greensboro, N.C.; CP staff

ConExpo-Con/Agg 2020 brought unveiling of the latest generation Volvo Trucks VHD, whose combination of structural upgrades plus safety and technological advances spell the most significant evolution of the manufacturer's vocational offering in decades. 

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ConExpo-Con/Agg and IFPE traffic, exhibitor sentiment defy Covid-19 panic

Sources: Association of Equipment Manufacturers, Milwaukee; CP staff

Eyeing new technologies, products and equipment, along with networking and education opportunities, heavy building materials and construction industry segments converged on the Las Vegas Convention Center and nearby Festival Grounds for ConExpo-Con/Agg 2020 and the co-located International Fluid Power Exposition, March 10-13. 

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Precast Show activity reflects strength of industry health, prospects

Sources: National Precast Concrete Association, Carmel, Ind.; CP staff  

The Precast Show 2020, staged earlier this month in Fort Worth, Texas, saw more than 4,000 attendees, 350 exhibitors, 100-plus hours of live education and various special events. The National Precast Concrete Association and Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute jointly hosted the event.

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Apprenticeship program rule respects construction trades' turf

Sources: U.S. Department of Labor; North America's Building Trades Unions, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

A Labor Department rule effective May 10 establishes a system to advance development of Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs (IRAP) and guidelines for third-party stakeholders to become Standards Recognition Entities (SRE). Candidates for latter include associations, companies, educational institutions, state or local governments, non-profits, unions, joint labor-management organizations, plus professional or industry certification and accreditation bodies. 

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