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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.


Contractor to Pay Whistleblowers $1M

Two drivers and a foreman who were fired by a Michigan paving contractor after raising safety concerns will receive nearly $1 million in back wages and damages under a federal settlement.


Report: Bad Math Led to Crack in Dam

A 50-year-old math error made during the design of the Wanapum Dam is the chief suspect in a 65-foot-long crack that will now cost $61 million to repair, officials have found.


‘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.


Concrete Tells What Lies Beneath

Some cracks in concrete have been known to heal themselves, but they couldn’t report back on when they did or how the whole operation went. Now, ultrasound technology may change that.


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Outdated standards, coatings issues, and no concrete repair code for nuclear power plants top a list of red flags cited by experts in a new report on the needs of the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


MS Capital Cheers ‘Pothole Robin Hood’

A Jackson, MS, man dubbed the “Pothole Robin Hood” has just achieved his quest of filling more than 100 ignored potholes around the capital city with materials lifted from a government stock...


Corrosion Cracking Shuts Nuke Reactor

Stress corrosion cracking in a North Carolina nuclear reactor has forced operator Duke Energy to take the plant offline, officials said.


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 ...


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 ...


New Coating Helps Concrete Self-Heal

The world’s first self-healing protective coating for cracks in concrete is the promise of new research and development by a team of Korean scientists.


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.


USACE Awards $2.6M in Bridge, Dam Work

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $2.6 million contract to a Tennessee firm to rehabilitate the Canton Lake Bridge and four sluice gates at the Canton Dam in Canton, OK.


'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.


USACE Awards $18M ND Dam Painting

S&S Coatings Inc., of Spokane, WA, has been awarded an $18,271,224 contract to clean and recoat the 28 spillway gates at the Garrison Dam in central North Dakota.


Bids Sought for $20M+ Painting Project

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development is inviting bids for the second phase of painting of the Sunshine Bridge—a project estimated at up to $30 million.


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...


Waterproofing Contractor Fined $56K

Continuing allegations of respiratory protection hazards have prompted new federal citations and fines against a Chicago-area coating and waterproofing contractor.


Polymer Concrete Kit Touts Fast Fixes

Plexicoat America LLC, a global supplier of industrial and marine flooring systems, has introduced the PlexiCrete Polymer Concrete Kit, a quick repair mortar for concrete.


Monument Repairs to Take Until 2014

The earthquake-damaged Washington Monument will soon vanish under massive layers of scaffolding for a $15 million repair project that will last into 2014, the National Park Service has annou...


After 10 Years, CTS Wins Patent War

Q: If Sam invents a lucrative product while working for Jane at ABC Corp., who has dibs on the invention and its proceeds? Sam, Jane and/or ABC?


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.


Simpson Strong-Tie Enters Concrete Protection Market

Simpson Strong-Tie, a global supplier of structural products, has entered the concrete repair, protection and strengthening business with the acquisition of Fox Industries Inc. and S&P Cleve...


Historic Seaport Painting Bids Sought

The City of Tacoma, WA, will open bids Nov. 29 for concrete coating and repair, steel coating, waterproofing, fireproofing and related work on the Foss Waterway Seaport, a historic structure...


‘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.


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.


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.


Webinar Offers Concrete Repair Tips

Concrete repairs that last will be the topic of a free upcoming webinar presented by JPCL and SSPC.


New OSHA Silica Rules Looming

New federal rules tightening workplace exposure limits and other requirements involving respirable crystalline silica are expected soon, likely bringing major changes for the coatings indust...


Dayton Buys Steel Infrastructure Firm

Dayton Superior Corp. has acquired Block Heavy and Highway Products Co., a leading supplier of steel infrastructure products used in the construction and repair of concrete roads, highways, ...


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...


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.


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...


Sto, ARDEX Announce U.S. Marketing Deal

Sto Corp. announced an agreement with specialty construction materials manufacturer ARDEX to expand the marketing of concrete restoration and repair systems in the U.S.


BASF Launches Crack-Resistant Concrete-Repair Line

The Building Systems business of BASF’s Construction Chemicals Division announced the launch of ZERO-C Concrete Repair Technology, described as a line of cementitious repair mortars that exh...


ICRI Launches Moisture-Test Certification Program

The International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI) announced the launch of the association’s first complete certification program—the Slab Moisture Testing Technician Certification, Grade I—...


Polyurethane Concrete-Repair Material from Roadware

Roadware Inc. introduced Roadware MatchCrete™ Clear, a two-component polyurethane for repairing cracks, spalls and joints in concrete.


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.


 
 
   

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