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The First International Interactive Symposium on Ultra High Performance Concrete, July 18-20 at the Des Moines (Iowa) Marriott Downtown Hotel, will assemble material science and concrete professionals, structural and bridge engineers, students, producers and building enthusiasts. More than 75 papers from internationally renowned experts on concrete will be presented, and interactive panels and thematic workshops will offer insight on UHPC basics; latest developments in material design and characterization; architectural, bridge and infrastructure applications; structural design and component modeling; and, rehabilitation and retrofit.

In collaboration with the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association and San Francisco-based architectural/engineering giant Arup North America Ltd., the Ready Mixed Concrete Research & Education Foundation has funded development of NRMCA Ingredient Reporting Guidance, detailing how concrete producers can contribute toward the LEED v4 Materials and Resources: Building Product Disclosure and Optimization – Material Ingredients credit. To position customers for up to two LEED v4 M&R credit points, producers must obtain comprehensive information on the material ingredients and chemical constituents of all components used in their mixtures.

More than 300 producers, design and engineering professionals, and academics from 30-plus countries who attended the International Concrete Sustainability Conference (ICSC) and 6th North American Conference on Design and Use of Self-Consolidating Concrete (SCC 2016) saw the green building revolution’s profound influence on the past two decades’ most consequential mix technology.

The 2016 International Concrete Sustainability Conference offered the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association a backdrop to debut a design/build community roundtable discussion series highlighting the strength and durability of cast-in-place concrete in low- to mid-rise buildings. Moderator and NRMCA Senior Vice President, Structures and Sustainability Lionel Lemay invited panelist perspectives on value engineering; life-cycle considerations and project specifications; plus, the limits of building code trade-offs and combustible building materials:

CatCaterpillar Inc. is discontinuing production of its on-highway vocational truck series, citing the current climate for heavy-duty vehicles and a restructuring plan aligning company businesses with existing conditions. It will cease taking orders but maintain support for the Class 8 CT660, CT680 and CT681 models in the field.