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'Super-Strength' Skin Planned for Bridge

London's upcoming garden-turned-bridge will sport a specially developed copper-nickel alloy coating that will reportedly keep the structure maintenance-free for 120 years.


Plant Worker Perishes in Sand Silo

A Texas industrial maintenance worker was fatally engulfed in a silo full of sand and gravel when he slipped and fell at a concrete plant outside Atlanta, GA.


Inspections Ordered After Concrete Falls

Maryland officials are rushing to inspect the state's 27 structurally deficient bridges after a chunk of concrete fell off one, smashing the front of a car passing underneath.


JPCL Names Papers of the Year

LAS VEGAS—Outstanding technical papers on polyurea technology, pipeline rehabilitation and other coating topics drew top awards Tuesday (Feb. 3) at SSPC 2015 in Las Vegas, NV.


SSPC Revises Three Standards

Two abrasive-blasting standards and one related to coating film thickness have been updated by SSPC: the Society for Protective Coatings.


Gravity Unfurls a 300-Year Bridge

A UK town is awaiting installation of the world's longest "flat pack" bridge—a unique structure that is transported flat and transforms under gravity into an arch.


Towers Top Out at Record Rates

It's a tall world after all—taller than ever, in fact, with record numbers of vertiginous structures topping out in 2014 and many more ahead.


Span Collapse Halts CA Project

A "full investigation" is underway into the massive collapse of a 150-foot-long viaduct under construction as part of an embattled freeway project in California.


Updated Liners Ease Concrete Testing

Tramex says its newly improved hole-liners make performing in-situ relative humidity testing of concrete even easier.


Particles Play with Concrete Strength

Fine-tuning chemicals at a nanoscale level in concrete and other "structurally complex" materials could be key to improving crack resistance, researchers from Rice University say.


In PA, Search Effort Ends Sadly

They promised to "bring Tony out." And after 100 hours of digging through thousands of tons of cement powder in freezing temperatures, they did so.


EPA Sued to Act on Stormwater

Seeking again to force Uncle Sam's hand, environmental groups are demanding a court-ordered deadline for federal rules to control runoff from construction projects and developments.


Finding the Key to an Immortal Mortar

For 2,000 years, builders have sought the secret to the structural strength of The Colosseum, The Pantheon and other ancient treasures.


Floating Silos Fall, Halt Concrete Work

Concrete work has been suspended on New York's Tappan Zee Bridge after the collapse of three silos on a floating concrete batch plant.


Major Concrete Standard Gets Overhaul

Capping nearly a decade in development, the American Concrete Institute has updated its seminal structural concrete standard, now organized from an engineer's perspective.


Cement Pinch Felt Throughout Midwest

Frozen lakes, increased oil demand and plant breakdowns are three of the reasons contractors throughout the Midwest say they are experiencing a cement shortage.


Concrete Sealers Tout Water Resistance

Three new concrete sealers boast a proprietary chemical reactive formula that gives them improved resistance to de-icing road salts, rain, sleet and snow, according to manufacturer Surfkoat....


Bridge Cracks Spur Beam Concerns

Cracking concrete beams on a brand-new Vermont bridge have state transportation officials discussing whether to ban the beam type from future projects.


2 New Options for Harsh Environments

Dow has unveiled two polyurethane products for protecting infrastructure in the harshest environments.


Massive Stage Awaits Nuclear Giant

Four years in the making, a colossal concrete floor capable of supporting 400,000 tons is now ready to support the world's largest nuclear fusion machine.


Free Webinar: Proper Concrete Prep

What does it take to make coatings stick to concrete? Proper application, sure, but one of the most important factors in successful coating work sits on the surface.


Storm-Damaged Tunnels Need $689M

Amtrak tunnels in New York City will require $689 million to repair corrosion and cracking caused by Superstorm Sandy in 2012, according to a new engineering report.


Coating Gage Extends Thickness Range

A new thickness gage for non-destructively measuring polyurea and other coatings on concrete builds on previous versions with added features, according to manufacturer DeFelsko Corp.


Team Finds Cement’s ‘Magical’ Mix

Tweaking just one of the materials in cement could go a long way toward reducing the environmental wallop packed by concrete, scientists at MIT have discovered.


Curing Compound Boasts Early Start

BASF has introduced an evaporation retardant and finishing aid for concrete that can help prevent shrinkage cracks as industrial flooring concrete dries.


MN Sees Red over Colored Concrete

Blighted by early cracking, the beauty of a colored concrete craze in Minnesota is fading fast, and officials are determined to figure out why.


A Wall, Long Gone, Ripe for Painting

Now, you can have your history and paint it, too. In what may be a perfect convergence of artistic, economic and historical opportunity, a German cement maker is peddling paint-your-own piec...


Developer Toys with a Smarter Brick

What looks and connects like a LEGO, but is reportedly strong enough to use for real-life bridge construction?


DuPont Accused in Bridge-Tipping Storage

Delaware officials are closing in on an answer to a $45 million question: Who is responsible for storing a massive amount of soil next to a busy interstate bridge, causing its piers to tilt?


Bridge Shaken, Not Stirred, in Mega Sim

A gigantic bridge model has survived a tremendous amount of seismic shaking—the equivalent of a magnitude 6.9 earthquake—without collapsing.


Water Additive Eyed in Corroded Sewers

A surprising connection between water treatment and wastewater management could be causing the sewers in Australia to quickly corrode.


How-To Steers through Thick and Thin

Making sure concrete coatings are applied just right—not too thick and not too thin—is the focus of the next installment in the PaintSquare Video Learning Center series.


Bids Sought for FL Dam Walkway Work

Bids are being accepted for repairs to steel girders and concrete surfaces at the Hillsborough River Dam Walkway—a project estimated at $90,000, the City of Tampa announced.


Bridge Design Boasts Seismic Stability

Researchers say they have a new design for a bridge framework that will improve earthquake resistance and reduce damage.


Construction Materials Giants Merge

Martin Marietta Materials has become the largest U.S. producer of aggregates and heavy building materials, with the completion of its $2.7 billion takeover of Texas Industries, the companies...


Coating Tips: Cleaning Your Concrete

How to roughen and clean concrete for proper coating application is the focus of the latest installment in the PaintSquare Video Learning Center series.


ROV Unit Inspects Sub-Sea Pipelines

A new, remote-controlled deepwater inspection tool for non-piggable pipelines boasts the ability to take non-destructive measurements on thin- and thick-walled pipelines at almost 10,000-foo...


Concrete ‘Skin’ Senses Damage

A new “sensing skin” made from electrically conductive paint could warn of concrete damage on a multitude of structures, allowing time for authorities to respond to potential danger, researc...


Grappling with Growth by the Gigaton

China has used more cement in the last three years than the United States used in the entire 20th century.


Runway Rockbed Stops Runaway Planes

A massive bed of new-technology concrete blocks will be installed at the end of a new Florida runway to slow stray airplanes to a safe stop.


Bridge Bot Honored for Innovation

U.S. engineers are toasting an innovative robotic bridge inspection tool for its impact on the future of assessing structural health.


Getting the Goods on Sneaky Moisture

Undetected moisture in concrete can wreak havoc with a coating project, making accurate moisture measurement a must before the project begins.


DE Discovers Bridge Storage Issues

Cars, dirt and even military vehicles are being stored under major bridges in Delaware—conditions similar to those recently found near damaged supports of an interstate span that had to be c...


Tilting Piers Close Interstate Bridge

A Delaware bridge that carries part of a major East Coast transportation artery has been closed indefinitely after several columns shifted nearly two feet out alignment.


Posh ‘Monument of Defects’ to be Razed

Six years after revelations of serious construction defects stopped work, a Las Vegas luxury high-rise will be painstakingly dismantled without ever opening.


Manhole Accident Claims PA Installer

A construction worker was killed after being pinned beneath a concrete manhole form Monday (May 5) in Pennsylvania.


Officials Probe SC Bridge Failure

Investigators in South Carolina were still puzzling Thursday (May 1) over the collapse of a 20-foot section of bridge that derailed railroad cars passing below it.


Concrete Sealer Protects Exteriors

A new water-based, penetrating sealing compound is designed to limit the intrusion of moisture and chlorides into exterior concrete surfaces.


‘Smart Concrete’ May Outlive Us All

What are you doing in April 2134? If Scott Muzenski has his way, his great-great-great grandchildren will be doing the very first repairs on the driveway he just patched.


Man v. Silo in DIY Don’t

“Don’t try this at home” proved more of a challenge than a warning to an unidentified farmer who decided to go mano a mano in taking down a large concrete silo.


Vikings’ Project Makes Recycling Blitz

The Minnesota Vikings’ old home may carry the dubious distinction of being the worst stadium in the U.S., but the old girl will achieve a noble goal as she goes down for the last time.


Hardhats Mobilize for Highway Funding

More than two dozen U.S. associations and labor unions are preparing to lean on Congress in a big way to secure the Federal Highway Trust Fund before it goes broke.


Crossrail Worker Killed by Concrete

Europe’s largest construction project has been marred by its first worker fatality, after a contractor died Friday (March 7) when he was struck by a piece of concrete.


Decrepit Bridge Refuses to Go Down

A 98-year-old bridge in Maine, said to be in imminent danger of falling, held its own against a round of explosives Thursday (Feb. 27).


65-Foot Crack Found in WA Dam

Federal, county and independent engineers have mounted an emergency response to safeguard the Wanapum Dam after divers discovered a two-inch-wide, 65-foot-long crack in a spillway pier.


Old Bay Bridge May Find New Purpose

While the new East Span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge has had its share of problems, getting rid of the old structure should be a bit easier, if a novel repurposing idea pans out.


Compound Touts Patches without Cracks

A new cementitious patch and overlay for highways and infrastructure boasts flexibility without failure, offering high-tensile strain capacity and bond strength.


‘Cool’ Concrete Touts Fast, Dense Cure

A new concrete claims to eliminate the harmful effects of hydration and the need for expansion cuts, according to Cool-Crete Technology Group.


EPA Green-Lights 2 CCR Uses

Abruptly breaking years of silence, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has newly affirmed as “beneficial” the two largest reuses of encapsulated coal ash: in concrete and in wallboard.


Gaffe Plugs New Sewers with Concrete

London's water utility is on the lookout for which of its contractors accidentally poured concrete into more than 200 feet of new underground pipe.


Precast Maker Cited in Worker’s Death

An Illinois concrete company sanctioned in 2012 for not seeking immediate help for a trapped supervisor is now accused of egregious safety violations after a worker was crushed to death in 2...


Bids Invited to Paint WV River Bridge

The West Virginia Department of Transportation is seeking contractors to clean and recoat the Lower Pleasant Street Bridge in Morgantown, WV.


Navy Seeks Housing That’s Fit to Print

Maybe Rome wasn’t built in a day, but tomorrow’s far-flung Navy bases just might be.


3 New Concrete Systems Launched

Concrete and masonry coating systems recommended for refineries, refrigerated storage areas, and bridges are part of a new lineup from Seal-Krete.


Prison, Massive Fines in Historic Fraud

Two former executives of a Pennsylvania bridge concrete manufacturer are headed to prison in what authorities call the largest Disadvantaged Business Enterprise scam in U.S. history.


Broken Bridge to Cost $170M Extra

Design mistakes on a floating bridge megaproject in Washington State are sucking every last cent out of the project’s risk reserve fund, and the state says it will need an additional $170 mi...


Philly Gets $2M for Shorted Concrete

A construction company will pay over $2 million to settle allegations that it skimped on the amount of concrete and asphalt used in paving projects around Philadelphia, then overbilled for t...


Cancer Study Backs Silica Plan

Millions of American workers, including abrasive blasters and construction laborers, could benefit from a federal proposal to limit silica exposure on the job, concludes a new study publishe...


Webinar Tackles Polyaspartic Protection

Polyaspartic coatings, a relatively new class of coatings, and their successful use in protective and marine applications will be the focus of a free upcoming webinar by SSPC and JPCL...


Concrete Training Goes Fatally Awry

One construction worker has died and two others are injured, one critically, after a retaining wall they were using to practice concrete work collapsed in upstate New York, authorities said....


Concrete Product Tackles Efflorescence

NewLook International is touting a permanent solution for concrete and masonry efflorescence with its new admixture, called EffLock.


Concrete Maker Blamed in Ash Engulfment

Federal safety authorities are holding a major Midwestern ready mix producer responsible for the death of a plant operator who was buried in a storage silo full of fly ash.


Paint/Graffiti Remover Touts Safety

Cortec Corp. has unveiled two heavy-duty, anti-corrosion paint strippers and graffiti removers that the company calls “the safest on the market.”


Spray-on Coating Lights Up the Road

A UK company has rolled out a spray-applied aggregate surfacing that reportedly absorbs and stores UV energy during the day to illuminate roads and pathways at night.


Concrete Maker Hit with 18 Citations

Silica exposure, confined-space infractions, respiratory hazards, and other health and safety dangers have drawn $153,900 in fines and a lengthy list of federal violations for a New Jersey c...


L.A. Sues over Crumbling $240M Runway

The City of Los Angeles has filed suit against four construction firms that built a $240 million airport runway that is deteriorating and “unfit” after just six years.


Nuclear Plant Finds Blister, Corrosion

A Pennsylvania nuclear plant is again reporting a coating defect and corrosion in one of its units, near the site of decayed wood left in the structure.


Corrosion Blamed for Drooping Bridge

Corrosion caused a concrete pier on a Green Bay bridge to sink two feet, leaving a 400-foot section of the structure sagging across all lanes, Wisconsin officials have determined.


Sudden Sagging Closes WI Bridge

Wisconsin officials have closed a four-lane state bridge indefinitely after a 400-foot section of the structure abruptly dropped about two feet overnight.


How Sweet It Is: Cement from Sugar

A stronger, more durable new cement from Denmark holds a sweet secret.


Standards Urged for Nuclear Concrete

Outdated standards, coatings issues, and no concrete repair code for nuclear power plants top a list of red flags cited by experts in a new report on the needs of the aging nuclear industry.


Modern Service Bridges Ancient Fears

Friday the 13th sparks all kinds of fears—and, not surprisingly, people ready to profit from them.


3-Ton Concrete Topples onto Worker

A Colorado construction worker is lucky to be alive after massive decorative concrete panels fell onto a hydraulic lift vehicle he was driving on a rail and highway project.


Concrete Key to Bigger Wind Towers

Engineers are giving wind power a boost—literally—by testing ways to increase energy production by making the towers 20 percent taller.


Broken Bridges Are an India Hotspot

Man-made infrastructure marvels often attract tourist attention in countries all over the world, but in India, busted concrete piers are drawing crowds to areas usually only populated by fis...


CA Mulls $20M Bridge Contractor Bonus

A temporary fix has the on-again, off-again opening of California’s Bay Bridge back on, but bridge officials question whether the contractor implicated in the delays should now receive a $20...


NACE Offers Free Bridge Corrosion Paper

A white paper on how and why highway bridges corrode, along with solutions for low-cost control methods, is now available for free download from NACE International.


NRC OKs Cracking Measures at Seabrook

A new inspection report on concrete degradation at the Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant shows that appropriate measures have adequately addressed the cracks' root causes and potential impact, fe...


Robot is 1-Stop Building Demo Shop

An award-winning, multitasking robot named ERO may be the next hero of the building demolition and materials recycling industries.


SSPC Sets Wastewater Coating Standard

Performance requirements for certain concrete coatings used at wastewater facilities are the focus of a new standard by SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings.


Floating Bridge Changes Cost DOT $81M

After owning up to its mistakes, the Washington Department of Transportation will pay the price: about $81 million in change orders to the multibillion-dollar SR 520 bridge replacement proje...


New eBook Covers Specialty Coatings

Free technical guidance on choosing and buying specialty function coatings, such as anti-graffiti, fire-resistant and heat-resistant coatings, is the focus of two new eBooks published by ...


Smog-Battling Concrete Gains Support

Titanium dioxide-laced concrete could help cut down air pollution when incorporated into roads, lab and field tests in the Netherlands have concluded.


Cortec Unveils MCI Concrete Sealer

Cortec Corp. has introduced a single-component penetrating concrete sealer with the company's migrating corrosion inhibitor (MCI) technology for bridges, highways, parking decks and other st...


High-Build Made for 1-Coat Protection

Sherwin-Williams has introduced a high-build, one-coat polyaspartic urethane designed to accelerate return to service on bridges and other infrastructure projects.


Seeding a Stronger Concrete

So what do you with 661,386,840 pounds of sunflower seed husks each year?


When in Concrete, Doing as Romans Did

The structure of ancient Rome’s concrete marvels is revealing clues to make its modern successors more durable and sustainable, researchers have found.


Coating eBooks Cover Railcar, Pipelines

Free technical guidance on choosing and buying coatings for railcars and transmission pipeline is the focus of two new eBooks published by JPCL: Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings


New eBooks Guide Plant Coatings

Free technical guidance on coatings for power and wastewater plants is the focus of two new eBooks published by JPCL.


Lining Touts Severe Chemical Resistance

Sherwin-Williams' Protective & Marine Coatings division has introduced Magnalux 404 FF, billed as the first styrene-free vinyl ester for use with steel and concrete substrates in the oil and...


Inflatable Concrete Simplifies Shelter

Need sturdy shelter fast? Then a concrete building in a bag might be for you. Just add air and water!


New Coating Resists Humidity, Chemicals

For industrial applications where color and gloss retention are crucial, Rhino Linings Corp. has introduced a new polyurea aliphatic coating.


No Answers in Parking Deck Cave-in

Investigators continue to comb the rubble of a suburban Maryland parking garage to determine why a 50,000-pound concrete slab fell, fatally crushing a construction worker and critically inju...


Worms Make $3M Meal of Bridge

Worms are the likely culprits behind $3 million worth of damage that will likely delay a coastal bridge project in southern California by a year.


The Robotic Future of Bridge Inspection

Robotic inspectors could soon be sweeping across the nation's bridges, collecting data and sending important structural information to their human counterparts.


Standoff Grips $120M Problem Project

Not so fast. That's the word from Montgomery County, MD, which has advised Washington, D.C.'s transit agency that it cannot simply bail out of a troubled $120 million project that it ...


And Now, Amber Waves of ... Concrete?

Here's food for thought: Those good-for-you grains that now stoke your morning cereal may soon also fortify your local dam, highway and bridge.


Agency Wants Out of Botched $120M Hub

Already $80 million over budget and more than two years behind schedule, a $120 million Maryland transit center will not be used as planned because its structural flaws are too expensive to ...


Cortec Coating Eases Graffiti Removal

A new coating helps protect bridges, streets and other industrial and commercial exteriors from graffiti while incorporating corrosion inhibitor technology, Cortec announced.


Plant Changes to Cost CEMEX $3M+

The largest U.S. producer of cement and ready-mix concrete will pay more than $3 million to settle long-running federal allegations that it illegally modified a cement plant near Rocky Mount...


Bay Bridge Bolts Lacked Extra Testing

Missing paperwork, ignored testing, and hydrogen—all problems flagged years ago—potentially contributed to the newly cracked bolts on California’s Bay Bridge, state transportation officials ...


Rust Inhibitors Carry Golden Prospects

Busting rust is a booming enterprise, with the U.S. demand for all types of corrosion inhibitors set to grow by a steady 4.1 percent annually through 2017, a new market forecast projects.


Bridge Problems Spur Shake-Up at WSDOT

Multimillion-dollar mistakes on a new, floating bridge near Seattle have cost the state’s lead engineer his job and fueled new legislation aimed at holding transportation officials responsib...


New Concrete Gives Glow a Go

Concrete pavers, roads, safety strips and stairs can all stand out in the dark with a new series of products produced by a German partnership.


Shortcuts Revealed in Fatal FL Collapse

Five contractors are being blamed for a variety of shortcuts—from skipped inspections and welds to ignoring construction plans—in a Florida building collapse that killed four workers last fa...


Mall Principals Tied to ‘95 Collapse

Both the engineer and owner of the doomed Elliot Lake mall had similar connections to a Michigan mall that partially collapsed in 1995, the Elliot Lake Commission Inquiry learned last week.


Concrete Maker to Pay $835K Water Fine

A New Hampshire concrete producer has agreed to pay a total of $835,000 in fines and complete a $500,000 environmental project to resolve numerous clean water violations at its sand, gravel ...


Bad Bolts Snag Bay Bridge Work

Construction on the east span of California’s new Bay Bridge has hit a snag after workers discovered over 30 broken bolts on the new eastern span, state transportation officials announced.


Audit Rips Caltrans on Bridge Testing

California Department of Transportation employees falsified concrete testing data, were paid for work they did not perform, and stole steel beams and other materials from state project sites...


New Coating eBooks Focus on Oil and Gas

Technical guidance on coatings for chemical and petrochemical plants and offshore platforms are the focus of two new, free eBooks published by JPCL.


New Airport Sign Kills Boy, Crushes Mom

A 10-year-old Kansas boy was killed and his mother critically injured when a massive concrete and glass display board in a newly renovated airport terminal fell on four members of the family...


Trapped 75 Feet Down, Worker Saved

A New York City subway construction worker is lucky to be alive and safe after a dramatic rescue freed him from a quicksand-like concrete slurry 75 feet below the street.


NYC Invites Bridge Inspection Bids

New York City’s Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority is requesting expressions of interest for construction administration and inspection services for repairs on the Verrazano-Narrows Brid...


New eBook Offers Marine Coating Advice

Free technical guidance on selecting coatings for marine applications is the focus of a new eBook published by JPCL: Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings.


New eBook Aids Bridge Coating Selection

Free expert technical guidance on selecting and specifying bridge coatings is the focus of a new eBook published by JPCL: The Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings.


Concrete Reuse Gets Bolt from the Blue

A flash of inspiration has led researchers to a remarkable new lightning-laced advance in recycling concrete.


TX Firm Accused of Serious Fall Hazards

A commercial and residential concrete contractor in central Texas is facing $46,000 in federal penalties for allegedly allowing employees to work at heights without fall protection.


Containment Issues Stall Plant Restart

Offline for almost two years, a Nebraska nuclear plant was told this week that it must address additional issues before being allowed to restart, according to federal regulators.


New Concrete May Extend Bridge Life

A new concrete material that uses lightweight aggregates to absorb internal moisture that inevitably seeps in over time is fast finding a home in the decks of Indiana's newest bridges.


New Waterproofer Goes Indoor, Outdoor

W.R. Meadows' newest waterproofing compound is a one-component product designed for interior, exterior, horizontal and vertical applications.


Fire, Explosions Test Bridge Columns

Researchers are using explosives and extreme fire to test a new style of bridge column that could possibly withstand events like earthquakes or a major blast.


Concrete Mishap Spurs Bridge Work Redo

A brand-new bridge pillar on a highway project will be destroyed and rebuilt because the component's exterior is too thin, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has repor...


New Alps Bridge Sets Dizzying Record

Everyone is afraid of something. But just how many phobias can Europe's record-setting new bridge inspire?


Deadly Overpass Collapse Sparks Riots

At least 13 people are dead, scores are injured, and about 20 people remain trapped in the rubble of a highway overpass that collapsed during construction over the weekend in Bangladesh, aut...


Tube Hotel Makes Converts of Culverts

What’s the difference between sleeping in a concrete drainage pipe and sleeping in a hotel room? About 50 bucks a night.


'Bio-Concrete' Heals after Damage

Concrete infused with live bacteria that can knit their own repairs into the material is advancing in development under scientists in the Netherlands.


Cracks Plague Floating Bridge Project

Cracks, leaks and spalling discovered in gigantic, newly constructed concrete pontoons are bedeviling the effort to replace the world’s longest floating bridge.


Death Toll Climbs in FL Collapse

As sadly expected, recovery workers on the scene of a building collapse at Miami Dade College have found another victim in the wreckage, bringing the death toll in the accident to four.


Contractor: Crane Hit Doomed Garage

A crane “bumped a support column” on a five-story parking garage two days before the structure pancaked on top of workers, killing three in Doral, FL, the contractor now says.


Questions Shadow Nuclear Cracking

The discovery of cracks last year in an uncoated nuclear shield structure raised questions among federal regulators that were not publicly disclosed at the time, according to newly released ...


3 Dead, 1 Missing in Collapse Of College Parking Garage

At least three workers were dead and one was still missing Thursday after a parking garage under construction collapsed at Miami-Dade College in Doral, FL.


Concrete Form Mishap Kills 1, Injures 3

A concrete pour on a Kentucky highway project turned tragic this week when the metal form for a new retaining wall apparently fell, killing one worker and injuring three.


Polyurea Tested Against Tsunami Force

Waterproofed tanks left standing after Japan’s catastrophic 2011 earthquake and tsunami have inspired Japanese researchers to develop a new coating that may protect other concrete structures...


ICRI Releases New Technical Guidelines

Specifiers, applicators, producers and other concrete repair professionals can find updated guidance on critical topics in several new resources published by The International Concrete Repai...


Coatings Pull Slick Trick on Mussels

Silicone coatings are proving an effective new weapon in the Pacific Northwest’s war on invasive mussels.


Concrete-Busting Weed Sparks Action

It’s a weed that can push through four feet of concrete and spread like kudzu—and British Columbia is dead set on eradicating it before it threatens the region’s infrastructure.


Compound Offers Low-VOC Waterproofing

Concrete surfaces that need protection from water intrusion have a new solvent-free, low-VOC option from W.R. Meadows.


Coating Begins on 1970 Nuke Building

A cracking, 42-year-old concrete building that shields the steel containment vessel at Ohio’s Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Plant is finally receiving a weatherproofing protective coating.


Cracks May Be Death Knell for $112M Hub

The opening of Maryland’s new budget-busting, repeatedly delayed, problem-plagued $112 million mass-transit hub has been iced indefinitely after cracks were discovered in the unfinished stru...


Utility Touts New Fix for Nuke Rebar

Its first idea shot down by federal regulators, Southern Nuclear has proposed additional concrete reinforcement to remedy noncompliant rebar being used in new construction at the Vogtle Nucl...


OSHA: Firm Delayed 911 Call for Worker

Waist-deep and sinking in 25,000 pounds of sand, the worker was eventually rescued. But the ending is not so happy for his employer.


ASTM Launches 2 Materials Journals

ASTM International, developer of technical standards worldwide, has unveiled two new online journals focusing on civil engineering materials and materials performance.


Powerblanket Warms Coatings, Materials

Powerblanket has rolled out a line of drum and bucket warmers designed to protect and insulate temperature-sensitive concrete, coatings and other materials.


LEGO Bridge Brightens Industrial Town

Taking LEGO’s creed (“Play Well”) to heart, a German painter has brightened a dingy concrete city overpass with a colorful jumbo representation of the world’s best-loved building bricks.


OR Awards $9.3M Tunnel Rehab Project

An Oregon contractor has been awarded a $9.3 million contract for repair, cleaning and recoating of the Salt Creek Falls Tunnel and four half viaducts.


EPA Offers ‘Flexibility’ on Cement Rule

Bowing to a federal-court ruling and industry pressure, the Environmental Protection Agency will offer more implementation time and other “compliance flexibilities” to its 2010 air standards...


Free Webinar Targets Concrete Moisture

Accurately determining the moisture content of cementitious substrates—a critical factor in coatings failure—will be the topic of a free upcoming webinar sponsored by JPCL and SSPC.


New Global Standard Tackles Concrete’s Environmental Impact

ISO, the world’s leading international standards organization, has developed a new standard to help the construction industry better manage the global environmental impact of concrete.


Big Dig Concrete Failing 20 Years Early

Concrete that was supposed to last 30 years on Boston’s “Big Dig” project is crumbling after just nine years and may cost $1 million to repair or replace, the state’s top highway official sa...


Concrete Coating Dissolves Pollutants

Bridges, buildings and other concrete structures may soon be taking a large bite out of the air pollutants around them with a new photocatalytic coating being developed by researchers in Spa...


Meadows Rolls Out Hot-Applied Membrane

W.R. Meadows has introduced HRM 714, a hot-applied, rubberized, asphalt membrane used to waterproof concrete.


Substandard Work Alleged in Collapse

Federal officials are accusing an Ohio cement contractor of design and construction violations in the partial collapse of a casino parking garage last year in Cleveland.


‘Sonogram’ Spots Bridge Rebar Threats

Engineers at the Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology (EPFL) have developed a sonogram-like technology that can reveal rebar corrosion inside concrete bridges.


Free SSPC 2012 Video Sessions Released

Coating performance, concrete maintenance, corrosion under insulation and other critical topics covered at SSPC 2012 are now available as free downloadable video presentations.


NACE Guide Targets Bridge Corrosion

NACE International has published a new guide that lays out strategies to reduce the $8.29 billion annual cost of bridge corrosion and extend the life of reinforced concrete structures.


Bridge Contractor Guilty In $136M DBE Scam

The former CEO of a Pennsylvania company that made and installed concrete bridge beams is facing decades in prison after his conviction on fraud and conspiracy charges involving a massive Di...


Rebuilding, Coating Maker Gets a Break

An Australian coatings maker has been convicted of two safety violations and lost its $2.4 million plant in an explosion that burned an employee—but, in the end, it could have been worse.


Worker Ordered to Share $38.5M Jackpot

A construction worker who cashed in a winning $38.5 million lottery ticket that he had bought with five men on his crew must share the jackpot with them, a New Jersey jury has found.


Potty Pavement Flushed with Success

New sidewalks laden with hundreds of crushed toilets—yes, toilets—have earned the world’s very first Greenroads certification in Bellingham, WA.


DSM Rolls Out High-Impact Floor Coating

DSM has introduced URelle-Crete, a urethane cement coating system designed to protect concrete floors from physical abuse, thermal shock and a wide range of chemicals.


Nuclear Cracks Tied to Lack of Coating

A decision decades ago to forego an exterior weatherproof coating on an Ohio nuclear containment building left it vulnerable to weathering that eventually caused the 2.5-foot-thick reinforce...


3rd Worker Killed at Wastewater Plant

A third worker has perished at a Tennessee wastewater treatment plant while working to remove the wreckage that fatally crushed two other men last April.


Bids Sought for $5M+ Bridge Rehab

The Maryland Transportation Authority will accept bids March 21 for repairs, cleaning and painting on the Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge—a contract valued at $5 million to $10 million.


Waterjetting Opens Free eBook Series

JPCL: The Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings has launched a new, free eBook series with Ultra-High-Pressure Waterjetting.


Free Webinar Focuses on Adhesion Tests

The secrets of performing an accurate, reliable adhesion pull-off test will be the focus of a free upcoming webinar presented by JPCL and SSPC.


Trapped Worker Rescued from Sand Silo

Federal authorities are investigating how a concrete company supervisor was nearly buried alive this week in a 25-foot silo containing 50,000 pounds of sand.


Engineers Blamed for Tunnel Collapse

Quebec will launch a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against three engineering firms that it now blames for the partial collapse of an expressway tunnel last July.


Corrosion Sensors Take on Splash Zones

UK researchers have announced the development of sensors that purportedly spot early signs of rebar corrosion in concrete, while standing up to long-term marine exposures.


CEMEX Launches Self-Curing Concrete

CEMEX, one of the world’s largest suppliers of ready-mix concrete, has launched a second global ready-mix concrete brand, Hidratium, that is designed to self-cure while reducing cracking and...


Admixture Targets Rebar Corrosion

Cortec Corp., a global provider of corrosion protection technology, has introduced a concrete admixture designed to inhibit corrosion in rebar.


Emissions to Cost Cement Maker $2.7+M

Portland cement producer CalPortland Co. has agreed to pay a $1.425 million fine and spend $1.3 million on pollution controls to resolve federal clean air violations alleged at its Californi...


Nuke Plants Warned of Concrete Problem

Degrading concrete at a New Hampshire nuclear plant has prompted the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to alert all of its facilities and applicants to the same risk elsewhere.


Lafarge Runoff Settlement Tab: $11+M

North America’s largest construction materials supplier has agreed to pay a $740,000 fine, protect nearly $3 million in land, and invest $8 million in a program to resolve violations of the ...


AIHA Demands Release of Silica Rule

The federal government has announced yet another delay in its long-stalled rule on crystalline silica exposure, sparking objections and questions from health and safety experts.


Probes, Changes Follow Death of NY Tunnel Worker

An investigation is underway and safety procedures have changed after a young New York tunnel worker was fatally struck by a section of falling concrete while working alongside his father.


JPCL Coatings eBook Series Coming Soon

Surface preparation, inspection, environmental controls and more will be among the topics of a new series of eBooks to be published by JPCL: Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings planned ...


Glass Fiber Rebar Debuts

German building materials developer Schoeck Bauteile GmbH has unveiled a glass fiber reinforcing bar, designed to prevent the structural corrosion that plagues steel reinforcement.


Construction Flaws Blamed In Sewage Plant Collapse

Uncoated, ungalvanized rebar and other construction deficiencies caused the collapse of a massive wastewater containment wall that unleashed millions of gallons of raw sewage, killing two Te...


$400K CA Bridge Maintenance Work Let

An Arizona-based concrete contractor has been awarded a $397,397 contract for cleaning and sealing California’s San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge, over San Diego Bay.


JPCL Issues 2011 Coatings Buying Guide

JPCL has just published its 24th annual Coatings Systems Buying Guide, featuring more than 5,200 recommendations for protective and marine coating and lining systems provided by more ...


‘BacillaFilla’ is a Crack Fix Thrilla

A team of students in the UK has engineered bacteria that can knit together cracks in concrete structures by producing a special glue.


New Rescue Tool Cuts through Concrete

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has developed a new tool that can breach reinforced concrete in just minutes, speeding assistance to those trapped beneath falling concrete in natura...


$50K Spillway Painting Up for Bid

The City of Tacoma, WA, will accept bids Oct. 11 for recoating and related work on the spillway gates at Cushman Dam No. 1—a contract valued at $50,000 to $60,000.


Supplier Admits Selling Bad Bridge Concrete

A Maryland quality-control director has admitted falsely certifying that precast concrete made by his company for highway and bridge projects met government standards.


European Industrial Painters Launch Association

Industrial painting contractors in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands have formalized their growing cooperation by founding a new organization.


Disasters Pound US Infrastructure

Mother Nature’s summertime triple whammy—record heat, followed by an earthquake and hurricane—has left billions of dollars in infrastructure damage in just a few short weeks.


Concrete Cartel Probe Snags 4th Firm

Yet another Iowa-based ready-mix concrete company has pleaded guilty in a widening federal investigation into a regional price-fixing and bid-rigging conspiracy, the Department of Justice ha...


New EDCO Saw Cuts Metal, Concrete

Equipment Development Co. Inc. (EDCO), provider of surface preparation equipment, has introduced a new Hand-Held Saw that can cut through concrete, masonry, asphalt, stone and metal.


Lawmakers Seek Delay in Cement Rules

Support is building in Congress for legislation that would delay and weaken long-planned regulation of the cement industry.


New Railings Clamp Directly to Slabs

Garlock Safety Systems, of Plymouth, MN, has introduced Turbo-Rail fall protection railings, which can clamp directly onto parapet walls and slab floors.


NY Concrete Test Execs Accused Of Forging Thousands of Reports

One year after officials at a major New York concrete testing company were convicted of falsifying reports, including many involving public works projects, employees of another such company ...


Engineer Reports Mounting Damage from Big Dig Leaks

Continuing water leaks into Big Dig tunnels in Boston are causing mounting damage to corroding electrical systems and structural steel, among other components, according to an internal repor...


ACA Issues Call for Papers on Coating Concrete

The American Coatings Association (ACA) has issued a call for papers for its 2012 Coatings for Concrete Conference to be held in Las Vegas, NV.


Bids Sought for MO-IL Bridge Sealing

The Illinois Department of Transportation will accept bids Aug. 5 for deck cleaning and sealing on the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Bridge, which spans the Mississippi River at St. Louis, MO.


Concrete Company Admits Price Fixing

An Iowa-based company has pleaded guilty in a federal investigation into a price-fixing conspiracy for the sales of ready-mix concrete.


Concrete Tester Enters US Market

Nitto Construction Co. Ltd.’s CTS-02 Concrete Tester and Surveyor, now available in the United States, is designed to test concrete strength twice as fast and more accurately than convention...


Nanosilica Used to Strengthen Concrete

Revamping the nanoscale chemical reactions that cause concrete structures to crack and erode is the focus of promising new research at Stevens Institute of Technology.


Contractors Fined in Concrete Death

Two Wisconsin contracting companies are accused of willfully violating federal safety standards in the death of a worker crushed by a wet concrete wall at a plant construction site.


Concrete Said to Add 20 Years to Bridges

Canadian researchers are touting the development of a more durable concrete that purportedly will increase the average lifespan of bridge decks by more than 20 years, compared to typical hig...


Five Star Products’ Bankruptcy Clarified

Five Star Products Inc. of Fairfield, CT, a global provider of high-performance cement and epoxy-based products, sought Thursday to clarify that it is not the industry company of the same na...


Coating Designed for Stressed Concrete

Nanokote has introduced ProGuard, a new technology coating material developed for application on highly stressed concrete surfaces.


Chemists Tout Coating from Coal Ash

New “shield-like” coatings made from fly ash could provide a cheap, durable solution to protecting rebar from corrosion and repairing the nation’s crumbling bridges and roads, scientists are...


Auditors Rap EPA on CCR Risk Studies

For the second time in five months, Environmental Protection Agency auditors have taken the agency to task for its risk assessment practices and statements regarding the safety of Coal Combu...


Polyurea Boasts Chemical Resistance

Ultimate Linings has introduced a fast-setting,100% solids, two-component spray polyurea for a variety of industrial concrete and metal applications.


Proceq Unveils Concrete Moisture Meter

Swiss testing instrument maker Proceq has added the Hygropin Moisture Meter to its family of concrete testing instruments.


Chicago Navy Pier Project Up for Bid

Chicago’s Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority will accept bids Feb. 25 for coating, waterproofing and related work on the city’s historic Navy Pier.


Cemex to Pay $3.4M in Clean Air Case

Global Portland cement producer Cemex Inc. has agreed to pay a $1.4 million federal penalty and spend $2 million for equipment to control illegal toxic emissions at its plant in Fairborn, OH...


Bids Sought for W. PA Bridge Rehab

Bids will be accepted Feb. 17 for coatings, concrete repair and related rehabilitation work on the Ambridge/Aliquippa Bridge over the Ohio River.


Tank Wraps Made for Winter Fluid Protection

Powerblanket’s new tank wraps are designed to heat and maintain temperature in large holding tanks and provide safe storage of temperature-sensitive materials.


Admixture Designed to Make Concrete Waterproof

W.R. Meadows and Gemite Products have introduced Adi-Con CW Plus, a dry, free-flowing powder admixture designed to make concrete watertight.


Pre-Extended Mortar Made for Reinstatement

W.R. Meadows’ new Meadow-Crete FNP Extended is a one-component, pre-extended, shrinkage-compensated repair mortar for structural repairs and reinstatement of concrete elements.


Army Corps Agrees to Use Coatings on NOLA Flood Project

Under pressure from local officials, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has agreed to coat the steel sheetpiling that will be used to upgrade a New Orleans canal that breached during Hurricane...


Flooring Made for Durable Concrete Resurfacing

Arizona Polymer Flooring (APF) has introduced Castorcrete, a new line of heavy-duty, thermal shock-resistant flooring for tough environments.


High-Build Concrete Filler Made for Large Voids

Sauereisen has introduced Hi-Build Filler Compound No. 209HB, a strong-bonding epoxy designed to fill large voids and open joints in concrete substrates before application of a protective to...


Tote Heaters Insulate Sensitive Materials

Powerblanket has introduced a new line of flexible, wrap-around tote heaters for warming IBC totes and other portable bulk containers.


Green Concrete Sealer Made for Heavy Traffic

Daimer Industries Inc. has rolled out a new bio-safe concrete sealer and cleaner product line designed for tough industrial environments.


‘Dream Big’: Hoover Dam Span Soars

The Western Hemisphere’s longest single-span concrete arch bridge, and one of the tallest in the world, opens to traffic this week around the Hoover Dam.


Richard Stehly, ACI President, Dies

Richard D. Stehly, a pillar of the American Concrete Institute for 30 years and its president for six months, died unexpectedly Sept. 18 after playing hockey with friends.


BP Cites Cement Slurry Design, QC in Disaster

Mistakes in cement design, testing, quality assurance and risk assessment top the list of eight critical problems underlying the fatal Deepwater Horizon blast, an internal BP investigation h...


Concrete Product Repairs, Resurfaces

W.R. Meadows’ new MEADOW-PATCH T2 is a two-component, polymer-modified, cementitious coating compound that can be used as a concrete repair mortar or as a concrete resurfacer.


3-Part System Made for Concrete Infrastructure

Kryton International Inc. has developed a new three-step restoration and protection system for above-grade concrete structures.


Webinar on Moisture Evaluation, Remediation of Concrete Available Online

The SSPC/JPCL Education Series Webinar, “Moisture Evaluation and Remediation of Concrete” is now available online.


ASTM Seeks Volunteers to Test Adhesion Standard

A task group under ASTM subcommittee D.01.46 is asking for volunteers to participate in testing the adhesion test standard ASTM D7234 – 05.


Universal Building Products Files for Bankruptcy

Universal Building Products Inc., a $180 million supplier of accessories and equipment to the concrete construction industry, has filed voluntary petitions under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankr...


SSPC/JPCL Webinars to Focus on Prepping Concrete

Two free SSPC/JPCL Education Series Webinars—one on acid etching and one on moisture remediation—will deal with preparing concrete for coatings.


Tnemec Adds to Linings for Secondary Containment

Tnemec Company Inc. has introduced epoxy and vinyl ester linings for secondary containment to its StrataShield product line.


ICRI Moving National Office Location

The International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI) announced the move of its national offices from Des Plaines, Ill., to Rosemont, Ill., with the move taking place between July 13 and July 1...


Acceleration Seen for Specialty Silica Market

Rising demand for coatings, chemicals and manufacturing worldwide will drive market growth for specialty silicas by 6.3% annually, to 2.7 million metric tons in 2014, new research forecasts.


Euclid Chemical Marks Centennial Milestone

The Euclid Chemical Company, a global provider of specialty concrete and masonry construction products, is marking its 100th year of service to building material suppliers.


PRODUCTS & TECHNOLOGY:
Dyes, Tints for Polished Concrete

Deco-Pour introduced a line of water-based dyes for polished concrete and the Deco-Pour Tint Pack for adjusting standard dye colors to work with concrete slab color variations.


PRODUCTS & TECHNOLOGY: Concrete/Masonry Stains

Nawkaw Corp. (Atlanta, GA) introduced a line of lithium stains for concrete and masonry applications.


Ready Mix Sells Concrete Business

Ready Mix Inc. will sell substantially all the assets of its ready-mix concrete business to Skanon for $9.75 million.


Seamless Floors Prescribed for Med Exam Facility

Stonhard, a manufacturer of seamless, high-performance flooring systems, supplied and installed epoxy- and urethane-based flooring at the new District Nine Medical Examiner’s Office in Orlan...


‘Green’ Concrete Uses Recycled Glass

A Clarkson University professor has teamed up with a manufacturer to produce “green” concrete that replaces Portland cement with recycled industrial glass powder.


Concrete Decor Show Program Details Issued

Pre-conference education programs scheduled in conjunction with the first annual Concrete Decor Show will feature discussions of floor coatings and treatments, concrete polishing, and decora...


Tennant Opens New Facility to Test Coatings

Tennant Company (Minneapolis, MN) has announced the opening of its new Coatings Technical Center, a 10,000 sq ft facility.


Architectural Coatings Handbook Published

Technology Publishing/PaintSquare has issued a new book called Handbook of Architectural Coatings to provide guidance to specifiers, architects, and contractors on selection and use of coati...


Greensburg Continues Rebuilding with Hospital Project

Greensburg, KS, devastated by a powerful tornado in 2007, continues to make strides in its mission to rebuild “bigger, stronger, and greener.” The recovery process includes the construction ...


PRODUCTS & TECHNOLOGY: Concrete Stain for Existing Surfaces

L.M. Scofield Company introduced SCOFIELD® Refresh™ Exterior Stain for use on existing, unsealed exterior colored or uncolored concrete surfaces in need of refurbishment or renovation.


Stonhard Introduces Polymer Flooring Product Line

Stonhard introduced the Stontop line of polymer flooring, designed to provide the look of stained concrete.


Fast-Dry Primer for Concrete, Steel

The Sherwin-Williams Company introduced the Envirolastic® LT Primer, a fast-drying, low-viscosity polyurea.


Stain-Blocking Polish for Concrete

Advanced Polymer Inc. introduced the API-278 Stain-Bloking Polish™ for densified concrete.


ICRI Announces Fall Convention

The International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI), headquartered in Des Plaines, IL, will hold its 2009 Fall Convention October 21–23, 2009, in Tempe, AZ, at The Buttes, A Marriott Resort.


Cronk Joins Nawkaw as Sales Representative

Collyer Cronk has joined Nawkaw Corp. as a sales representative for the company’s Pacific Southwest territory.


New Online Tool Simplifies Concrete Calculations

Concrete calculations just became easier with ConcreteNetwork.com’s new online concrete calculator. This easy-to-use calculator can process calculations for concrete slabs, footings and colu...


BASF’s Goodwin Named ICRI Fellow

The International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI) has named Fred Goodwin, fellow scientist of BASF’s Building Systems Division, a Fellow of ICRI.


PRODUCTS & TECHNOLOGY: Decorative Polymer Floor Overlay

Crown Polymers introduced Crown Mother-of-Pearl decorative polymer floor overlay, offering a pearl-essence effect.


ICRI Award Entries Due May 1

Entries are due May 1 for the International Concrete Repair Institute’s annual awards, which recognize outstanding concrete repairs in several categories.


Epoxy-Urethane Floor-Coating System

CASS Polymers Inc. introduced the PolyMax 4000EF epoxy-urethane floor-coating system, described as low in VOCs, with a high-gloss, light-reflective finish.


Nawkaw Appoints Florida Representative

Mel Robinson has joined Nawkaw Corp. as a product and service representative in Florida.


PRODUCTS & TECHNOLOGY: Green-Products Brochure

W. R. Meadows Inc. issued a GREEN LINE brochure on products for use in environmentally friendly design and building.


PRODUCTS & TECHNOLOGY: Green-Products Brochure

W. R. Meadows Inc. issued a GREEN LINE brochure on products for use in environmentally friendly design and building.


 
 
   

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