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Architectural precast prospects fuel High Concrete’s $8M plant upgrade

High Concrete Group, LLC has begun a major production capacity upgrade at its 148-acre headquarters campus in Denver, Pa. An investment up to $8 million in new equipment, processes and facility construction will completely overhaul operations in a bid to extend the producer’s growing presence and influence in architectural precast concrete, including structural and non-structural wall elements, cladding and panels for commercial and institutional building enclosures.

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Drone-derived data, artificial intelligence rewrite concrete inspection

Dynam.AI, a provider of end-to-end artificial intelligence (AI) for businesses, and GBA, engineering and architecture solutions developer, have entered a partnership to refine methods of identifying and assessing bridge defects—a market whose potential is underscored in a 2019 American Road & Transportation Builders Association report indicating 47,000-plus crossings deemed structurally deficient.

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Clark Pacific panel system optimizes envelope labor and material sourcing

Precast/prestressed producer Clark Pacific, West Sacramento, Calif., presents its new Infinite Panel as a complete building envelope system that redefines how owners and design teams approach façades. It meets or exceeds California Building Standards Code (Title 24) water, vapor, sound and fire code requirements; affords architects and designers flexibility in precast concrete and glazing or window combinations; and, paves the way for owners and design-build teams to take advantage of prefabricated systems for reduced costs, increased efficiency and less risk.

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Admixture prospects help graphene’s gradual emergence

A new article from Boston-based IDTechEX Research, “Graphene: The evolving application landscape,” projects early prototype and semi commercial prototype phases over the next eight to 10 years for concrete, cement and asphalt additives bearing graphene or carbon nanotubes. That observation is consistent with lab or field demonstrations by a handful of admixture developers eyeing performance properties attainable in finished concrete through dosages of nano-scale cylinders with wall thicknesses the diameter of a single carbon atom.

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ACI app instantly checks technician, inspector certification

The new Verify app allows users to quickly and easily confirm American Concrete Institute-certified individuals’ status by name or certification ID number. ACI has certified 400,000-plus concrete finishers, technicians, supervisors, inspectors and managers since the 1980s, and counts more than more than 120,000 active certifications across 25-plus programs worldwide.

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