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West Hall-bound World of Concrete caps final edition under LVCC of old

The 45th World of Concrete wrapped up last month in Las Vegas with attendance of approximately 54,000 registered professionals and 1,310 companies exhibiting across 700,000-plus net square feet of indoor and outdoor Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) space. Exhibitors included 255 companies new to the show, while international presence was marked with 237 companies from 29 countries outside the United States.

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CIM Programs and Patrons start year strong after solid 2019

The Concrete Industry Management program auction grossed more than $1.2 million from bidding on a Mack Granite-mounted McNeilus Bridgemaster mixer, Somero S-485 laser screed, Shumaker Load and Go truck wash system, Mahindra Automotive 2020 Roxor off-road vehicle, and a host of smaller ticket product, material, equipment, and entertainment, sports or travel package offerings. The event was staged at the Las Vegas Convention Center amid World of Concrete 2020 day two activities. Proceeds will benefit CIM degree programs at Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro; New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark; Texas State University, San Marcos; and, California State University, Chico.

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Campaign conveys all concrete details fit to print and post

Portland Cement Association is raising awareness of the sustainability, resiliency and durability of concrete through bold, compelling stories of how the material makes the world a better place. The Shaped by Concrete campaign, launched just ahead of last month’s World of Concrete show in Las Vegas, will focus on key themes often overlooked and underrepresented in conversations and media coverage of cement and concrete, including their ability to meet sustainable development goals, decrease costs from natural disasters, and assist with key societal challenges, such as our nation’s housing crisis.

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ACI outlines code, public policy, certification positions

The American Concrete Institute has published its inaugural position statements directed at policy, rules, regulations, plus state, federal, and international programs. They are focused on advocacy efforts related to code development and adoption, while future statements may target other ACI programs, services or activities. The premier statements are:

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Lighting strike-level temperatures test concrete block walls

From the National Concrete Masonry Association and Sandia National Laboratories … High-power electrical discharges can trigger explosions reaching upward of 35,000°C, vaporizing steel and spewing hot metal particles. In a power plant, such high-energy arc faults can quickly spread, a condition researchers at Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, N.M., are trying to prevent by finding a new way to peer into flames approximating lightning strike heat. Those flames bear useful information that can help keep power plants operating safely, researchers suggest.

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