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Hard hat sensor, transmitter assures social distancing and contact tracing

A new Internet of Things-styled wearable device automates relay of attendance records to a cloud platform and provides distancing alerts and contact tracing capability for construction, heavy industrial and manufacturing workers. Triax Technologies’ Proximity Trace offers added workplace protection during the Covid-19 pandemic, developers note, and helps companies get crews back to work safely while addressing recommended social distancing practices.

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Dodge Data, roadbuilding interests rethink market prospects for 2020

“We are in recession. Full stop. No question about it,” Dodge Data & Analytics Chief Economist Richard Branch notes in a revised North American construction outlook reflecting potential impact of Covid-19 response measures. “We need to figure out the depth of this recession and what a potential recovery looks like.”

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NRMCA committees, divisions name annual award recipients

Convening in Las Vegas just prior to the ConExpo-Con/Agg 2020 show, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association committees and divisions recognized individuals and groups for association and industry contributions. Concrete Products joins NRMCA in saluting those honored at the 2020 convention, by AWARD:

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Command Alkon connects with technology-seasoned investor

Thoma Bravo, a San Francisco private equity firm focused on software and technology-enabled services sectors, has announced a definitive agreement to acquire heavy building materials IT leader Command Alkon from New York-based Quilvest Capital Partners. The ownership transition stands to speed execution of a strategy to integrate inter-company supply chain operations in heavy construction via Connex, a many-to-many technology platform rolled out in 2019.

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Ready mixed producers cut carbon footprint by double digits

Data behind a new National Ready Mixed Concrete Association life cycle assessment report for cast-in-place concrete shows how ready mixed producers, through more efficient use of portland cement, have cut the respective carbon footprints of 4,000- and 8,000-psi orders by 13 percent and 20 percent since 2014. Armed with results from a survey of 155 member producers operating 1,954 ready mixed plants, the association analyzed data on material throughput and other metrics reflecting net energy consumption in slabs or structures.

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