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ASTM guide measures mix performance, material compatibility

ASTM International Subcommittee C09.48 on Performance of Cementitious Materials and Admixture Combinations’ working document, WK40615 Guide for Comparing Performance of Concrete Materials Using Mortar Mixtures, standardizes longstanding material-performance investigation protocol.

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PCI releases Design Handbook, Eighth Edition

The Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute’s revised PCI Design Handbook: Precast and Prestressed Concrete provides easy-to-follow design procedures, numerical examples, and both new and updated design aids using Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete (ACI 318-14) and Commentary (ACI 318R-14); ASCE 7-10 Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures; 2015 International Building Code; and, other current standards.

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ACI publishes Manual of Practice successor

The American Concrete Institute has released the 2018 ACI Collection of Concrete Codes, Specifications, and Practices. Formerly known as the Manual of Concrete Practice, it serves as the most comprehensive and largest single source of information on concrete design, construction, and materials, with nearly 50 codes and specifications and 200-plus practices—including all guides and reports.

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Apple accessory specialist cements iPhone and MacBook protection

Onotone, a Seattle-based manufacturer of minimalist backpacks, iPhone and MacBook accessories, has added another like-minded product to its inventory. Cast with portland cement in ultra-thin sections, the Concrete series is available for all models of iPhone and MacBook family.

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Chaney Enterprises brands new supplies, services business

Maryland-based ready mixed and aggregates producer Chaney Enterprises has merged its legacy Concrete Store and recently acquired Dunkirk Supply businesses to form BuilderUp. In addition to concrete staples and hardscape units, materials and services available at the new entity include custom truss manufacturing and steel fabrication (I beams, columns, wrought iron rails, custom welding), crane services, engineered wood products, doors, windows, lumber, plus general tools and supplies for professional builders of all sizes.

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