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BASF Admixture Systems panel probes mixing concrete in space

For many years engineers have dreamed about building habitable structures on the Moon or Mars. Those structures will have to be sturdy and stable, which begs the question, why not use concrete? But can ready mixed concrete be successfully formulated in the unique atmospheric conditions of the lunar or Martian surface? That is a question scientists are seeking to answer. And recently completed experiments conducted on the International Space Station (ISS) may bring us closer to that answer.

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NPCA extends product-specific certification to water, wastewater tanks

The National Precast Concrete Association takes quality control and validation to the next level with a new product-focused certification for water and wastewater tanks. While its Plant Certification program has traditionally centered on precast concrete production processes candidate operations must abide, the just-launched Optional Product Listing for Water and Wastewater Tanks Program describes specific product models, plus design and performance criteria to obtain certification. Like other association programs, the new offering enlists independent third-party engineering firms accredited to ISO/IEC 17020:2012 for Plant Inspection.

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International Code Council tackles building safety, fire aspects

The International Code Council Board has created Ad Hoc Committee on Building Safety and Security with a goal of bringing “together experts from across many different disciplines to tackle one of the toughest, most important issues of our time.”

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Oldcastle retention system sees green light from key agency

Oldcastle Infrastructure (formerly Oldcastle Precast, note companion item) recently announced that its BioMod System received Washington State Department of Ecology equivalency approval as a stormwater bioretention planter or planter box. By granting “functional equivalency,” the agency affirms that the BioMod Modular Bioretention System does not need to go through its Technology Assessment Protocol — Ecology (TAPE) program for approval, and may be designed using the same standards and criteria as any non-proprietary bioretention planter or planter box.

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GCP measures data integration potential in Sysdyne investment

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

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