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Northeast Prestressed guides Lehigh team to top of Big Beam field

Team 2 from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa. earned a $2,000 prize by leading the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute’s 19th Engineering Student Design Competition. Also known as the Big Beam Competition, the national event teaches college and university students important structural engineering skills in an applied learning environment they will use in precast concrete practice throughout their construction careers.

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PCI Foundation boosts student outreach, sustains Project Precast Competition

“Our mission is to impact the future of the built environment while promoting the use of precast concrete. We are partnering with bright young minds to push the boundaries of precast design and construction to do what has never been done before,” Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute Foundation Executive Director Marty McIntyre outlines in a recent 2019-2020 agenda. “The approach our foundation partners use to reach students has put our industry on the leading edge of higher education learning trends. Integrated learning among various departments and schools, learning by doing, and positive community relations have all been part of successful PCI Foundation programs, in architecture, engineering or construction management.”

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ConExpo-Con/Agg 2020 organizers focus like a laser on technology

A 10- x 22-ft. smart city replica took center stage at a recent Chicago gathering hosted by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers’ ConExpo-Con/Agg 2020 planning team. It demonstrates how a smart city, through sensors and analytics, will be able to transform information into digestible data, providing knowledge for service departments and infrastructure to work smarter. The smart city model will be on display March 10-14 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, and showcase such ConExpo-Con/Agg Tech Center scenarios as:

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Sensor-enabled maturity monitoring technology suits Kryton

Integral concrete waterproofing specialist Kryton International, Inc. has acquired a 30 percent interest in Sensohive Technologies ApS of Odense, Denmark, becoming the company’s largest shareholder and exclusive North American Maturix technology distributor. Sensohive sensors and software equip contractors and engineers to wirelessly monitor concrete hardening in real time from most any interconnected device.

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Shockey details precast alternative to underground, C-I-P parking structure

Shockey Precast has added to its roster of 400-plus parking decks a 689-space structure extending 67 feet below grade and doubling as a foundation for a planned 1.5 million-sq.-ft. University of Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania Health System facility in Philadelphia. A precast schedule emanating from the producer’s Winchester, Va., flagship plant includes 1,137 pieces, the largest reaching 41 tons; 220,000 sq. ft. of double tee beams; 125,000 sq. ft. of wall panels; and, 17,000 sq. ft. of flat slabs.

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