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Dubai University Establishes 3D Printing Center

The American University in Dubai and 3DVinci Creations have come together to establish a scientific research center for 3D printing concrete buildings.


NYC Rail Rehab Considered Despite Funding

Project organizers for the Hudson Tunnel—a new rail tunnel slated to run between New York and New Jersey— are reviewing their options after key federal funding for the $13 billion project pr...


'Leaning' NY High-Rise Sparks Lawsuit

Italy-based general contractor for the Seaport condominium project, Pizzarotti LLC, has recently filed a lawsuit against Fortis Property Group LLC (Brooklyn, New York).


Silver Line Phase 2 Still Facing Rail Tie Issues

Washington Metro expects another possible delay of the Silver Line extension project to the Dulles International Airport and Ashburn, according to WTOP.


SSPC CA-NV to Meet on Concrete Coatings

On April 18, the Northern California-Nevada chapter of SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings will be holding a chapter meeting with a training session on coating new concrete, featuring ...


OH Sewer Upgrade Burdens Residents

An Environmental Protection Agency-mandated $1.2 billion sewer overhaul for Akron, Ohio, is saddling residents with continuously increasing water and sewer bills. Though the project must be ...


FL Hard Rock Delivers Guitar-Shaped Hotel

After unveiling the plans for the design of the $1.5 billion expansion of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in 2017, a date for completion is in sight.


Research Adds New Dimension to Concrete

Alan Richardson, Chairman of the UK Concrete Society and Associate Professor in the Mechanical and Construction Engineering Department at Northumbria University (Newcastle, England), is work...


Border Wall Prototypes to be Demolished

Late last month, demolition of the border wall prototypes, which originally went up 16 months ago, located at at the border between Tijuana, Mexico, and San Diego, commenced. The prototypes ...


Research: Recycled Tires Aid Concrete Fire Resistance

Researchers from the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering at The University of Sheffield (South Yorkshire, England) have reportedly found a new way ot protecting concrete from fire...


Oroville Emergency Spillway Nears Completion

Two years on from the Oroville Dam spillway crisis, which prompted the evacuation of 188,000 people, marks the rebuilding of the spillway and new legislation related to dam safety.


Falling Concrete Temporarily Closes CA Bridge

Chunks of concrete—some as large as a football—fell from the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, located in California, late last week, causing a several-hour closure and emergency repairs put in pl...


Quebec Launches $4.9M Pyrrhotite Study

The National Research Council of Canada recently announced a research partnership with the Government of Quebec and Laval University to find a solution to problems stemming from pyrrhotite i...


Bendable Concrete Shows Promise for LA Infrastructure

Following on from research conducted in the 1990s regarding Engineered Cementitious Composites, researchers based out of Louisiana State University are working to bring the material to mass ...


ACI Releases Concrete Structure Specs Text

The American Concrete Institute recently announced the availability of a new publication for concrete industry professionals: the ACI 563-18: Specifications for Repair of Concrete in Buildin...


New 3D Formwork Technology Unveiled

A double-curved concrete-shelled pavilion is now on display at the Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo in Mexico City, showing off a new 3D-knitted formwork developed by Zaha Hadid Archit...


American Concrete Institute Announces Awards

The American Concrete Institute recently announced the winners of the 2018 Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards, with the highest honor going to the Viaduct Over River Almonte in Garro...


American Concrete Institute Announces Awards

In mid-October, the American Concrete Institute announced the winners of the 2018 Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards, with the highest honor going to the Viaduct Over River Almonte i...


Oroville Dam Ready Ahead of Rainy Season

California water officials recently reported that, nearly two years after the damage to the Oroville Dam, the $1.1 billion spillway is ready for the winter season. Crews have finished pourin...


Lecture Halls Made from Bubble-Wrapped Concrete

An installation at the Karolinska Institutet in Stolkhom, Sweden, is making some noise with its innovative translucent panels—composed of concrete and bubble wrap.


Concrete Cracking Problem Spreads to MA

Many Massachusetts homeowners could be facing the same issues with crumbling foundations that plague residences in Connecticut, according to reports. In response, some homeowners in Massachu...


Metro OIG Takes Over Silver Line Case

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s Office of the Inspector General announced last week it will take over the investigation into quality-control issues on the $2.8 billion D...


Metro OIG Takes Over Silver Line Case

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s Office of the Inspector General announced last week it will take over the investigation into quality-control issues on the $2.8 billion D...


Chesapeake Bay Borer Ready for Action

The machine that will create a second tunnel as part of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel expansion project has been finished—now it just needs to make a journey of more than 4,000 miles ...


DC Metro Concrete Panels Will Be Sealed

Officials are now saying that no major fixes or replacements will be necessary on the concrete panels of the D.C. Metro Silver Line Extensions project. The update comes weeks after early tes...


Silver Line Concrete Panels Will Be Sealed

Weeks after early test results were revealed, indicating that potential issues with concrete panels on the D.C. Metro Silver Line Extension project may not have been as bad as originally fea...


SSPC SoCal to Meet on Concrete Work

Bob Murphy, an SSPC Certified Concrete Inspector and trainer and recipient of SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings' 2017 John D. Keane Award of Merit, will present on the topic of concr...


SSPC SoCal to Meet on Concrete Work

Bob Murphy, an SSPC Certified Concrete Inspector and trainer and recipient of SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings' 2017 John D. Keane Award of Merit, will present on the topic of concr...


DOTs Testing Sealant for Concrete Cracking

Transportation departments in Louisiana, Texas and Minnesota will be testing out a new sealant, created by Louisiana State University mechanical engineering professor Guoqiang Li, that can r...


Final Bay Bridge Piers Imploded

The final piers of the old San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge eastern span to be demolished have been imploded in place, five years after the bridge’s replacement opened and 16 years after con...


Hemp-Reinforced Concrete Formula Olympics-Bound

A Canadian firm that has been at work for years on concrete fortified with hemp fibers says it has refined its product after early experimentation, and its NForce-Fiber product is set for us...


Company Revamps Adding Hemp to Concrete

In a search for viable concrete reinforcement materials, Canadian Greenfield Technologies dug into the potential of hemp fiber and developed NForce-Fiber, an additive that boths reinforces c...


Temporary Wall Collapses at Oroville Dam Site

The California Department of Water Resources confirmed Monday that a 30-foot-wide section of temporary wall along the Oroville Dam’s upper chute collapsed last week, though it reportedly wil...


Concrete Blocks Used for Power Storage

In response to increasing demand for energy storage solutions that can balance the difference between energy production and consumption, Swiss startup Energy Vault has created a crane that l...


MA to Help Homeowners with Crumbling Concrete

Late last month, Massachusetts legislators made sure that two provisions in the state’s budget were passed to help homeowners deal with crumbling concrete in their homes.


SSPC Revises Concrete Surface Prep Standard

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings recently announced the revision of the SSPC-SP 13/NACE No. 6 “Surface Preparation of Concrete” standard, which has been updated with more relevant c...


SSPC Revises Concrete Surface Prep Standard

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings recently announced the revision of the SSPC-SP 13/NACE No. 6 “Surface Preparation of Concrete” standard, which has been updated with more relevant c...


MN City Sets Deadline to Save Historic Water Tower

A city in Minnesota is facing a dilemma in relation to its landmark century-old concrete water tower: To demolish, or to save, at a cost in the millions—or to build a replica in order to pre...


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Researchers Use 3D Sand Printing for Concrete

In the latest addition to the DFAB House, a structure largely made with the use of digital technologies, located in Switzerland, researchers have developed the “Smart Slab”—a concrete slab t...


Oroville Review Board Addresses Assessment

The California Department of Water Resources met recently with its newly appointed Community Ad Hoc Group and Independent Review Board as part of a Comprehensive Needs Assessment aimed at en...


Contractor Pleads Guilty in Metro Concrete Case

The quality-control manager who oversaw testing of concrete used on the D.C. Metro Silver Line extension project pleaded guilty Friday to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and ha...


Contractor Admits Guilt in Metro Concrete Fraud

The quality-control manager who oversaw testing of concrete used on the D.C. Metro Silver Line extension project pleaded guilty Friday to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and ha...


CRSI Awards 2018 Honors

The Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute recently announced the winners of its biennial CRSI HONORS Design and Construction Awards program, with two entries in the Bridges segment winning an...


Concrete Mix Caused Cracks in $70M Stadium

A new report has given officials more insight as to what went wrong in the construction of a $70 million high school football stadium in McKinney, Texas.


CRSI Announces 2018 Honors

The Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute recently announced the winners of its biennial CRSI Honors Design and Construction Awards program, with 19 projects being selected for recognition.


Golden Gate Towers Largely Rated 'Good'

April’s inspection of the towers of San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge—the first detailed inspection of the towers in the structure’s 80-year history—revealed steel and concrete in go...


NE Researchers Tout Corn in Concrete

In response to the increasing demand for sustainable building materials, researchers at the University of Nebraska at Kearney recently investigated whether ash produced by burning corncobs a...


Early DC Metro Concrete Tests Favorable

Initial testing triggered by a whistleblower lawsuit, which called out faulty concrete panels on Washington D.C.’s Silver Line Metro stations, suggests that the problem may not be as widespr...


Research: Corn Might Improve Concrete Durability

In a bid to provide a sustainable building material for aging infrastructure in the U.S., researchers at the University of Nebraska at Kearney recently investigated whether corncobs, the ele...


Early Silver Line Concrete Tests Favorable

Initial testing triggered by a whistleblower lawsuit, which called out faulty concrete panels on Washington D.C.’s Silver Line Metro stations, suggests that the problem may not be as widespr...


Government Joins DC Metro Concrete Suit

The commonwealth of Viriginia and the U.S. government have joined a whistleblower lawsuit filed more than two years ago against the fabricator of concrete used on the D.C. Metro’s Silver Lin...


Army Corps Proposes $20B Floodwall for NYC

In a bid to protect New York City’s waterfront from another storm like Hurricane Sandy, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers presented several options for a $20 billion barrier that would stretc...


Government Joins DC Metro Concrete Suit

The commonwealth of Viriginia and the U.S. government have joined a whistleblower lawsuit filed more than two years ago against the fabricator of concrete used on the D.C. Metro’s Silver Lin...


Concrete Falls from Syracuse Rail Bridge

A portion of a railroad bridge collapsed in downtown Syracuse, New York, last Thursday, with engineers arriving to investigate the issue a few days after.


Australian Firm Touts Conductive Concrete

An Australia-based advanced material technology company announced Monday that it has developed a formulation of graphene-enhanced concrete that has shown high degrees of electrical conductiv...


SCDOT Details 'Explosive' Bridge Cable Rupture

Officials from the South Carolina Department of Transportation presented the findings of the investigation into last month's cable rupture on the James B. Edwards Bridge, in Charleston, to t...


Australian Firm Touts Conductive Concrete

An Australia-based advanced material technology company announced Monday that testing has shown high degrees of electrical conductivity in a formulation of graphene-enhanced concrete it deve...


NY Comptroller: High-Risk Dams Need Funding

A new report issued by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli estimates that it would take $360 million to repair all of the high- and intermediate-hazard dams in the state, though th...


Serpentine Pavilion Complete, Opens Friday

Architect Frida Escobedo has completed her take on the Serpentine Pavilion, which opens to the public on Friday (June 15).


Designer Posts First Glimpse of Yeezy Home

A colleague of Kanye West has released renderings of a low-income housing scheme, which could be the first hint of what to expect from Yeezy Home, West’s intended dive into the architecture ...


Akron Tunnel Project Raises Neighbors' Hackles

As a 30-foot-wide boring machine makes its way beneath Akron, Ohio, as part of the $184 million Ohio Canal Interceptor Tunnel project, nearby residents are raising concerns that the dig may ...


Officials Investigating Cracks in $70M Stadium

The firms constructing a $70 million high school football stadium in McKinney, Texas, have now promised to get to the bottom of some suspiciously larges cracks that have appeared on the stru...


Corrosion Blamed for SC Bridge Cable Failure

The James B. Edwards Bridge, in Charleston, South Carolina, reopened Saturday after more than two weeks of work stemming from what officials now say was a cable failure caused by corrosion.


Research Covers Future of 'Bendable' Concrete

A University of Michigan professor who specializes in engineered cementitious composite says the so-called “bendable concrete” could be the key to buildings that last by better resisting dam...


Professor Touts Future of 'Bendable' Concrete

A University of Michigan professor who specializes in engineered cementitious composite says the so-called “bendable concrete” could be the key to infrastructure that lasts, including bridge...


Study: Dam Removal Less Costly than Repair

A new study published by researchers at Portland State University, in Oregon, supports the contention that removing dams as they age could save the United States billions of dollars in compa...


Silver Line Concrete Issues Allegedly Known Last Year

The timing of a whistleblower lawsuit has allegedly revealed that the issues with several flawed concrete panels along the $2.7 billion Silver Line Metro extension in Northern Virginia were ...


Silver Line Concrete Issues Reportedly Known Last Year

Issues with several flawed concrete panels recently discovered along the $2.7 billion Silver Line Metro extension in Northern Virginia were apparently known in 2016, according to the timing ...


SC Bridge with Snapped Cable Closed for 4 Weeks

The westbound span of Charleston’s James B. Edwards Bridge, closed last week after a cable inside its concrete structure was found to have snapped, will remain closed for four weeks while cr...


India Bridge Collapse Kills 18

Officials are blaming weather for the collapse of an under-construction overpass bridge that killed at least 18 in Varanasi, India, Tuesday, but local police say they contacted the state-run...


Oroville Work to Spill into 2019; FEMA May Not Pay

Work to repair California's Oroville Dam will last into 2019, according to the latest update from the agency in charge of the job, and state and local officials could be searching for a way ...


Home Owners Rebuilding after CA Wildfires

Home owners in California’s wine country, where fires ripped through acres of land and homes last fall, are now starting to rebuild.


CA Bill Would Strip DWR's Power Over Dams

A bill making its way through the California General Assembly would remove the troubled Oroville Dam and other dams and water structures from the purview of the state’s Department of Water R...


Faulty Concrete on DC Metrorail Requires Coating

Several flawed concrete panels, created with an incorrect cement-to-water ratio, found along the $2.7 billion Silver Line Metro extension in Northern Virginia, will reportedly need to be tre...


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Research: Graphene Could Aid Concrete

In recent years, nanomaterial graphene has been touted for properties that can help make coatings and other products that lubricate and resist corrosion, but a new study by U.K. engineers sh...


Coating Will Remedy Faulty Concrete in Metro Project

A silane coating will be used to help treat several flawed concrete panels found on the $2.7 billion Silver Line Metro extension in Northern Virginia. The concrete issue stems from several d...


Engineers Tout Graphene-Laced Concrete

“Super” nanomaterial graphene has been touted in recent years for properties that can help make coatings and other products that lubricate and resist corrosion, but a new study by U.K. engin...


Oroville Dam Construction Set to Begin May 8

Phase two of construction on the Oroville Dam is set to begin May 8, according to reports, marking an updated operations plan that implements aggressive outflows of up to 10,000 cubic feet p...


Boston T Line Closed After Concrete Falls in Tunnel

Loose pieces of concrete fell onto the inbound platform of Boston’s World Trade Center Station on Wednesday, resulting in a brief closure of the Silver Line tunnel so engineers could assess ...


Rain Could Press Oroville Spillway into Service

The partially rebuilt main spillway at California’s Oroville Dam could be put into service as soon as this week as heavy rainstorms are set to hit the region and the lake is approaching its ...


DWR: Oroville Spillway Moisture Not Unexpected

Recent aerial photos taken at the Oroville Dam have brought to light a wet streak on the new spillway, but it was something to be expected, according to Department of Water Resources officia...


Researchers Tout Nanocrystal Concrete

Researchers based out of Purdue University recently revealed plans to use concrete infused with microscopic-sized nanocrystals from wood in the construction of a California bridge.


Desert Sand Behind Concrete Alternative

In light of the billions of tons of sand used by the construction industry every year in the manufacture of concrete, a research team based out of Imperial College London has developed a bio...


Oroville Dam Secant Wall Complete

Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. announced on Wednesday that construction of the underground wall below the Oroville Dam emergency spillway was completed earlier this month.


Cellulose Nanocrystal-Infused Concrete Bound for CA Bridge

Researchers based out of Purdue University recently revealed plans to use concrete infused with microscopic-sized nanocrystals from wood in the construction of a California bridge.


TX House 3-D Printed in Under a Day

Austin, Texas, is playing host to the first 3-D printed home that is both up to code and can house people as-is. With a construction cost of $10,000, the home may prove to be a feasible hous...


Tool Measures Concrete's Environmental Impact

To stay in line with government focus on innovation in the improvement of buildings, Dubai Municipality’s Buildings Department has developed a new smart calculator that can measure environme...


Managing Expectations: Clients and Decorative Concrete Sealers 

When most people think of concrete, words like “hard,” “durable” and “strong” come to mind. Not surprisingly, “maintenance,” “life expectancy” and “proper care” do not. The same holds true f...


Roman Concrete Makes Its Way to 'Shark Tank'

A University of Utah grad whose work involves the kind of concrete used in ancient Rome, known for its thousands of years of endurance, will bring a concrete product to the TV entrepreneursh...


A Facility Manager’s Guide to Flooring Issues and Solutions

Managing an industrial facility requires one to wear many hats. Everyone from the company president to the forklift operator regularly highlights areas where repairs or improvements are need...


Judge Rejects Border Wall Challenge

The U.S. government’s plan for a new wall along the country’s border with Mexico got a boost Tuesday (Feb. 27) when a judge from the U.S. District Court for Southern California ruled against...


Austrian Researchers Address MIC at Wastewater Plants

In response to the consistent concern regarding the corrosion of concrete in wastewater treatment plants, researchers based out of the Graz University of Technology (TU Graz) and the Univers...


Construction Begins on CA Border Wall

Construction for the replacement of the El Centro Sector wall in California has begun, marking the first border wall contract awarded by the U.S. government after the eight prototypes that w...


Emergency Spillway on Track at Oroville

Some construction work on the main and auxiliary spillways of California’s Oroville Dam continues even at the height of the region’s rainy season, according to a new update from the state’s ...


$1B CA Arena Nears Top Off

With the first game for San Francisco's $1 billion Golden State Warriors' Chase Center slated for 20 months from now, construction is moving along at a timely pace, but the Warriors have fai...


Volcanic Ash Additive Makes Cement Stronger

With the production of concrete being responsible for 5 percent of the world's carbon dioxide emissions, Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineers, working in conjunction with scientis...


Cement Made with Volcanic Ash Stronger, Greener

The production of concrete contributes to percent of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineers, working in conjunction with scientists in Kuwa...


Overpass Collapses in Central Brasilia

A highway overpass in central Brasilia collapsed partially Wednesday, renewing concerns about the state of infrastructure in the Brazilian capital, planned and built in the 1950s and ’60s an...


Global Platform Aims to Save Brutalist Buildings

A platform created to save Brutalist buildings recently released a new survey in tandem with an exhibition with the hope of bringing attention to the cause.


Business Owners Sue State Over Oroville

Dozens of local farmers and other business owners are suing the California Department of Water Resources over last year’s crisis at the Oroville Dam, just weeks after the City of Oroville it...


Concrete Pipes Could House Tiny Homes

Hong Kong studio James Law Cybertecture says it has developed an affordable housing alternative for those interested living in expensive cities with OPod Tube Housing, which transforms concr...


Concrete Pipes Could House Tiny Homes

In a move to provide an affordable housing alternative for those interested living in expensive cities, Hong Kong studio James Law Cybertecture has developed OPod Tube Housing, which transfo...


Cape Town Firm Adds Skate Bowl to Interior Design

An architecture firm in South Africa has created what it calls “the ultimate man cave.”


Report: Border Wall Prototypes Pass Testing

According to new reports, U.S. special forces spent weeks attempting to breach the eight prototype models of the proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall, and the test walls held up to tests with ja...


Lessons Learned: SSPC 2018 Program Wraps

The four-day technical program at SSPC 2018 shed light on topics from surface preparation techniques to coating technology and even moviemaking, catering to everyone from industry beginners ...


World of Concrete Boasts Week of Education, Seminars

World of Concrete, the largest annual international event dedicated to concrete and masonry professionals, launches its 2018 conference today (Jan. 22) at the Las Vegas Convention Center.


SSPC Issues Revised PA 7

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings recently announced the revision of standard SSPC-PA 7, Applying Thin Film Coatings to Concrete.


SSPC 2018 Addresses Coating Concrete

Several technical sessions at SSPC 2018 featuring Greencoat, held Jan. 15-18 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, helped attendees better understand the finer points of ...


WSDOT Investigates Concrete on Spokane Bridge

The Washington State Department of Transportation recently began investigating reports of concrete falling off of a retaining wall along the Hamilton Street overpass located in Spokane, Wash...


Oroville Dam Forensic Team: 'Systemic Failure'

According to a report released Jan. 5, experts have concluded that the failure of the Oroville Dam spillways was due to an “inadequate priority for dam safety,” while also noting that the Ca...


CA Concrete Firms Settle Over Clean Water Complaint

Two California concrete firms have agreed to pay $300,000 in a settlement related to alleged violations of the Clean Water Act after two environmental groups sued earlier this year.


CA Concrete Firms Settle Over Clean Water Complaint

Two California concrete firms have agreed to pay $300,000 in a settlement related to alleged violations of the Clean Water Act after two environmental groups sued earlier this year.


Swiss Coatings Firm Enters Reinforcing Fiber Market

Coatings and specialty chemicals firm Sika recently announced its entry into the market for high-performance concrete reinfocing fibers, producing the material at its Troisdorf, Germany, fac...


Researchers Identify Concrete Protection Method

A new piece of research out of a U.K. university suggests that a mix of additives and specialized curing agents could be the key to concrete that stands up to harsh environmental conditions.


Sika Commences Concrete Reinforcing Fiber Production

Swiss coatings company Sika recently announced that it has started producing high-performance concrete reinforcing fibers at its manufacturing facility in Troisdorf, Germany.


Researchers Identify Concrete Protection Method

A new piece of research out of a U.K. university suggests that a mix of additives and specialized curing agents could be the key to concrete that stands up to harsh environmental conditions.


ACI Announces Global Mission Expansion

The American Concrete Institute announced on Wednesday (Dec. 6) that it has adjusted its mission statement to reflect its goal of global standards.


'Lazy' Tech Sentenced in Concrete Scandal

One of the 19 lab workers charged in relation to the falsification of concrete test results on a Hong Kong bridge megaproject was sentenced to eight months in jail Friday after pleading guil...


Feds Question Cracks in New Oroville Spillway

California officials are downplaying concerns about cracks in the newly constructed concrete spillway at Oroville Dam, despite questions from federal regulators in a recently disclosed memo ...


Los Angeles Gives Notice About Seismic Retrofits

The city of Los Angeles recently began issuing notices to those who own older concrete structures, as well as wood-framed buildings, informing them of their seismic retrofitting requirements...


19 Charged in Concrete Testing Fraud

Nearly six months after Hong Kong authorities arrested 21 workers over the alleged falsification of concrete lab test results on the region’s biggest bridge-and-tunnel megaproject, officials...


Swiss Researchers Develop Ultra-Thin Concrete Roof

Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich (ETH) have developed a new form of curved, thin roofing that can produce solar power.


Kryton International Acquires Cementec Industries

Kryton International Inc., the inventor of crystalline concrete waterproofing, recently announced the acquisition of Cementec Industries Inc., which specializes in producing concrete additiv...


Kryton International Acquires Cementec Industries

Kryton International Inc., the inventor of crystalline concrete waterproofing, recently announced the acquisition of Cementec Industries Inc. (Calgary), which specializes in producing concr...


Oroville Dam First-Year Repairs Complete

California officials announced Wednesday (Nov. 1) that Phase 1 of the two-part repair to the Oroville Dam spillways has been completed on time, and the spillway is ready to handle rainy-seas...


First 3-D Printed Concrete Bridge Opens

Engineers in the Netherlands say they’ve completed the world’s first 3-D-printed reinforced concrete bridge, a span for cyclists that’s now open in the town of Gemert.


MIT Students Use Plastic For Stronger Concrete

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have begun testing the impact of adding bits of irradiated plastic into cement. What they found could hold up to competition.


Border Wall Prototypes Completed

U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced Thursday (Oct. 26) that the construction of prototype border wall segments in southern California is complete, and a testing and evaluation perio...


Cost of Oroville Dam Repair Nearly Doubles

Officials report that the cost of repairs on the Oroville Dam control spillway are likely to double, factoring in necessary design changes and additional work that had not been initially bud...


American Concrete Institute Announces Awards

The American Concrete Institute recently announced the winners of the 2017 Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards, with the highest honor being presented to R·torso·C, located in Tokyo.


Locally Made Concrete Demonstrates Promise, Benefits

Researchers based out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have begun investigating a new way to formulate concrete that involves the hierarchy arrangements of a natural building blo...


Researchers Develop Seismic-Resistant Concrete

Researchers at the University of British Columbia say that they have engineered a new seismic-resistant, fiber-reinforced concrete that is set to begin use in retrofitting projects.


Research Reveals Benefits of Locally Made Concrete

In response to the decay of the U.S.’s concrete-based infrastructure, much of which has not been designed to accommodate modern-day stressors, researchers based out of the Massachusetts Inst...


Tree House Spirals With Sun Pattern

Famed chef Frank Prisinzano wanted his Floridian vacation home to allow him to enjoy nature, but with a bit of privacy, so architect Christian Wassmann came up with a solution.


Border Wall Prototypes Take Shape

The U.S. House Homeland Security Committee on Wednesday approved a bill that would set aside $10 billion for the proposed border wall, as the first images of the prototype wall sections bein...


Researchers Reveal Deicing Aggregate

In a recent study, Drexel University researchers used paraffin wax in concrete to successfully melt snow and ice off of road-like surfaces, revealing an enviornmentally friendly deicing alte...


Firm Experiments with Concrete Layers

Founders of South Korean architecture firm STPMJ have taken the process of altering the constituents of concrete and turning the results into an exterior design.


Concrete Product Makes Its Own Light

A South Africa-based cement and additives manufacturer has released a new product meant to make concrete glow, opening the door to innovations like self-lit bicycle paths.


Construction Begins on Border Wall Prototypes

Prototype construction on the planned border wall between the United States and Mexico broke ground on Tuesday. Eight designs—four to be made from concrete, and four from alternative materia...


ACI Foundation Opens Project Prosposal Requests

The American Concrete Institute Foundation’s Concrete Research Council has opened its annual request for research project proposals, the organization announced last week.


New Product for Glowing Concrete Unveiled

Construction chemicals company Chryso Southern Africa has added a new product to its line of decorative concrete.


Concrete Mixer Made for Portability

To provide a solution for contractors working on a variety of job sites, Graco Inc. recently introduced the ToughTek CM20 continuous mixer, which is both portable and has an output of 40 bag...


PennDOT Awards $31M Bridge Rehab

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has awarded a project for rehabilitating the Elizabeth Bridge to Swank Construction Co. LLC, of New Kensington, Pennsylvania, in the amount of $...


Concrete Decor Show to Cover Wide Range

In its eighth year, the Concrete Décor Show will be held Nov. 6-10, at the Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor, Florida.


U.S. Awards More Border Wall Contracts

A week after awarding the first contracts for concrete prototypes of the planned border wall between the United States and Mexico, U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced last week the ...


Dam Memo: More than Visual Inspections Needed

An interim memorandum from the independent forensic team looking into February’s incident at California’s Oroville Dam indicates that corrosion and erosion played a role in the concrete slab...


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First Border Wall Contracts Awarded

U.S. Customs and Border Protection, a division of the Department of Homeland Security, announced Thursday (Aug. 31) that it has awarded four contracts for the construction of prototype concr...


Researchers Eye Fungus for Concrete Fixes

Rutgers University researchers think they have found a way to use the moisture that intrudes into concrete to an advantage, citing fungus spores as a way to fix a problem before it even occu...


New Timelapse Depicts Oroville Progress

California's Department of Water Resources recently released a series of new timelapse videos showing the progress that's been made on the reconstruction of the spillway at the Oroville Dam.


Study Eyes Fungus for Concrete Self-Repair

Researchers at Rutgers University believe they’ve found a useful fix for cracking concrete that could prevent major problems before they start—and it comes in the form of a fungus.


Epoxy Primer Made for Fast Dry Times

WearCOAT 1080, a new epoxy primer from Coatings For Industry Inc., is designed to reduce wait time for priming “green concrete” surfaces by activating a bond to the substrate to reduce vapor...


Oroville Engineers Consider Cavitation Risk

The board of engineers keeping an eye on repairs to the damaged Oroville Dam spillways in California expressed concerns about the effect of cavitation on concrete being used on the job, in t...


Canadian Companies to Use Waste in Cement

Concrete is being mixed with the residuals of water filtration in Vancouver in order to address environmental impact concerns, as well as meet sustainability goals.


Ceiling Collapses Amidst $2M Reno on Park Avenue

A ceiling collapsed Saturday morning during a $2 million renovation in a Park Avenue co-op, according to reports.


Port Arthur Floodwall Requires Repairs

Officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Texas’ Jefferson County Drainage District 7 are working to repair a damaged floodwall that could leave the city of Port Arthur vulnerable ...


Delaware Bridge Gets Innovative Materials Grant

Ultra-high-performance concrete will be used in the overlay for a deficient bridge in Delaware, an "innovative" material usage that has netted the project a $275,000 federal grant.


Study: Rebar Corrosion Testing Needs a Revamp

Switzerland’s newest concrete span may already be subject to corrosion under the surface—but, say researchers at ETH Zurich, it is hard to know for sure, because the size of concrete samples...


Engineers Lay Blame on Oroville Management

A recently issued report from a group of engineers takes a scathing view on the root causes of this year’s concrete problem at California’s Oroville Dam, asserting that the structure was “ma...


Portion of WV Garage Collapses During Construction

Three construction workers were injured last Wednesday (July 26) while pouring concrete in a West Virginia parking garage when the area they were working in collapsed.


$39M Verdict Upheld in Parking Garage Incident

The Wisconsin Court of Appeals recently upheld a $39 million verdict against Advance Cast Stone, the firm that built the O’Donnell Park parking garage in Milwaukee where a 15-year-old boy wa...


Oroville Job Expedited to Meet Deadline

The contractor leading efforts to demolish and rebuild two spillways that experienced failures earlier this year at California’s Oroville Dam is attempting to speed up work and accomplish mo...


Failing Deck Overlay Costs Caltrans

A busy Sacramento bridge will be subject to lane closures for the rest of the summer as part of a $25 million fix to a deck overlay installed just three years ago.


Study Indicates Concrete Removes Air Pollutants

Researchers out of Stony Brook University have confirmed that concrete can help deal with rising pollution levels.


Hong Kong Megaproject Reaches Milestone

The massive Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge project reached a milestone last week, as the construction of the world’s longest and deepest underwater tunnel wrapped up.


Corrosion Renders Carolina Condo Unsafe

A North Carolina apartment building has been evacuated due to extensive corrosion.


Roman Concrete Could Be Key for Seawalls

Ancient technology may be what helps prevent future damage for coastal cities, according to experts in concrete.


Dry Spring Speeds Oroville Repairs

After a record-setting rainy season, California’s dry, hot spring has helped expedite repairs to Oroville Dam’s damaged concrete spillway, but even as work moves forward, some in the state a...


Hong Kong Concrete-Testing Scandal Grows

The scandal surrounding falsified concrete tests on a Hong Kong bridge-tunnel megaproject has widened to involve 55 other projects in which concrete sample tests have been characterized as “...


CA Highway Buckles Under Intense Heat

Roads and sidewalks in California are starting to buckle due to the intense heat.


World's First 3-D Printed Lab Completed in Dubai

A Dutch company has finished construction on the world’s first onsite 3-D printed laboratory.


Watch NY's 'Jenga Tower' Stand

The 60-story skyscraper in New York’s Tribeca (the tallest in the neighborhood) is nicknamed “the jenga building” with good reason—the tower is made of endless exposed concrete with varying ...


Student Engineers Launch Concrete Canoes

Traditionally, canoes have been made from materials like tree bark, reeds or canvas; more contemporary versions are often made from lightweight composites and plastics. Then, there’s the mat...


Study Supports Spent Abrasive in Concrete

Copper slag abrasives are already a byproduct of another industrial process—copper smelting—but a recently published academic paper out of Brazil supports the growing practice of recycling t...


Quebec Theatre To Get 'Glass Cocoon'

A preservation project for Canada’s Grand Théâtre de Québec is underway. However, instead of renovating the 1970s brutalist concrete, designers decided to go a much more transparent route—en...


City, University Team Up on Manhole Corrosion

Hundreds of concrete manhole shafts in a Texas city will soon be evaluated to determine which most need protection from corrosion, and a team from the University of Texas is lending its expe...


The House That Hemp Built: Alt-Concrete Studied

Tel Aviv-based architecture firm Tav Group has given new meaning to the term “green building" with a private residence it designed in the northern Israeli city of Ein Hod.


Tombs Inspire Architecture Project in Japan

Nendo recently unveiled the CoFuFun Plaza, the company’s first venture into public space design.


OSHA Fines Pier Contractor for Silica Exposure

A South Carolina contractor is facing an $81,000 bill from federal regulators after a safety inspection at a marine terminal allegedly turned up violations related to silica exposure.


Firm Introduces New 2-Coat System

Coatings firm Valentus Specialty Chemicals has introduced its VSC Advanced Protective Coating System, which uses a polyester-resin topcoat and epoxy primer to guard steel, concrete and alumi...


Sojourn Through Concrete Costs Teen $10K

A teenage motorist will be billed $10,000 to repair damages caused when he drove his car into freshly poured concerte on a Nebraska road.


Workers Trapped in Wet Concrete After Collapse

A dozen workers came away with only minor injuries last week when a building under construction in Oakland, California, partially collapsed.


Protective Clothing Gets Durability Upgrade

Protective equipment provider TST Sweden recently introduced a line of protective clothing called HD—Heavy Demolition, which the company says was designed for use by contractors involved wit...


21 Arrested for Falsifying Concrete Tests

An anti-corruption agency in Hong Kong arrested 21 people Tuesday in relation to the alleged falsification of concrete tests on the massive Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge.


Legislators Question CA Agency Over Oroville

California legislators and other officials took aim at the state’s Department of Water Resources in a hearing Thursday on the topic of Oroville Dam, the tallest dam in the country, which was...


State, Feds Respond to Nuclear Site Incident

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry has announced that the Department of Energy will launch an investigation into what went wrong at the Hanford Nuclear Site, where a tunnel housing contaminated ...


Tunnel Collapse Spurs Nuclear Site Alert

A tunnel used to store contaminated materials at the Department of Energy’s Hanford Nuclear Site in Washington state suffered a 20-foot-by-20-foot collapse, officials reported Tuesday. The i...


Building Materials Blamed in Apartment Fire

Materials used in the ongoing construction of an apartment building in College Park, Maryland, have been suspected as a possible cause in a five-alarm fire on April 24 that caused $39 millio...


Russian Scientists Develop Nanostructured Concrete

A professor and graduate student at Peter the Great Saint-Petersburg Polytechnic University have developed several building blocks for construction based on nanostructured concrete.


Report: Cracking, Spalling Led to Dam Damage

The California Department of Water Resources has released three reports prepared by consultants in relation to damage incurred by the Oroville Dam spillways earlier this year, revealing that...


Polyaspartic Unveiled for Concrete Surfaces

A high-solids polyaspartic designed for direct-to-concrete application and primed concrete surfaces has been launched by coatings and linings provider US Coatings.


CA Awards $274M Contract for Dam Repairs

Repairs to the damaged Oroville Dam in California will cost more than $275 million, according to the contract awarded to a major American infrastructure contractor.


Atlanta Interstate Closes After Buckling

Just weeks after a fire destroyed an interstate highway overpass in Atlanta, another roadway challenge hit the city Monday when I-20 buckled suddenly, sending a motorcyclist flying.


Lab Aims to Test Nuclear-Plant Concrete

Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory are working on a better way to sense whether concrete at nuclear power facilities is experiencing a chemical reaction that can degrade it, puttin...


EPA Reveals Small Business Innovation Research Grants

A concrete alternative, an isocyanate-free polyurethane and a bio-based replacement for fumed silica are among the developments on the receiving end of a new round of Small Business Innovati...


New Polyaspartic Made for Concrete Floors

Coatings and linings provider US Coatings (St. Louis) has announced the launch of a high-solids polyaspartic designed for direct-to-concrete and primed concrete surfaces.


Coatings Projects Get EPA Research Money

An isocyanate-free polyurethane, a bio-based replacement for fumed silica and an unlikely combination of pig manure and old shingles used to bind pavement are among the developments on the r...


Concrete Wall Collapses in CA, Kills 1

A collapsed concrete wall at an El Cajon, California, work site has killed one construction worker and left another injured.


ACI Elects New President, Officers

A construction industry leader will head the American Concrete Institute for the 2017-18 term, according to an announcement from the organization.


Cities, States Move to Bar Border Builders

While contractors are lining up for a chance to take part in the construction of a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico, some state and local officials are hoping to use their clout to ma...


Arizona Gets First Prefab Bridge

The Arizona Department of Transportation made history last week when it built and opened the state’s first prefabricated bridge.


Seattle Underpass to get Color Splash

The concrete forest under Interstate 5 between Seattle’s Cherry and James streets is about to get much more visually appealing.


Lawmakers Revive Timber Bill

A controversial bill meant to bolster research, development and the construction of high-rise wood buildings in the U.S. has been reintroduced.


Startup Introduces Cement Alternative

Upping the recycled materials is the key to what engineers from the University of Arizona say is a lighter, stronger and less expensive alternative to Portland cement.


Coating Designed for Metal, Concrete

Polyset has launched a new polyaspartic system designed for concrete and metal surfaces.


Concrete Alternative Spurs Startup

Engineers from the University of Arizona say their new development, Acrete, is a lighter, stronger and less expensive alternative to Portland cement.


Artist Banksy Behind New Hotel

The street artist known as Banksy is using a primely placed piece of real estate to display some new art with the goal of sparking some new conversations.


Polyaspartic Made for Steel or Concrete

Coating manufacturer Polyset has introduced a new polyaspartic system for concrete and metal surfaces, recommended for use on tanks, bridges, railcars, pipelines and other steel structures a...


Shot Blaster Designed for Portability

Blastrac NA recently introduced the 1-8DM Shot Blaster, a new portable, lightweight shot-blasting system it says is designed for a range of applications including small industrial floors.


US Seeks Contractors for Border Wall

The federal government has begun the process of soliciting contractors for the design and construction of a border wall between the United States and Mexico, a pillar of President Donald J. ...


Report Released on Sydney Metro Crack

Although the crack that plagued progress in Australia’s Sydney Metro Project last September is gone, a recently released failure assessment has shed light on what went wrong with a section o...


Debris Cleared as Oroville Spillway Dries Up

As the waters of its reservoir receded, officials stopped the flow over the Oroville Dam’s main spillway Monday, revealing the full extent of the damage sustained by the concrete structure a...


Repair Mortar, Grout System Launches

BASF Corp.’s Construction Chemicals division (Shakopee, Minnesota) has introduced a chemical-resistant repair mortar and grout product for concrete substrates and interior applications.


Firm Offers New Floor Grinding Tool

Concrete Polishing Solutions has introduced a new tool to its line of surface preparation products for removing coatings from concrete floors.


Scientists Alter Concrete Method

A Rutgers University spinoff has developed a new technology aimed at revamping the 200-year-old concrete and cement production process.


Eco-Friendly Concrete Comes to Light

A production process that has gone largely unchanged over the last 200 years might now be getting a green facelift courtesy of a spinoff from Rutgers University.


Hold It: Urine Allegedly Damaging 747s

It's common knowledge that leaks can lead to corrosion, but one airline is giving that idea whole new meaning. A warning was recently issued to British Airways baggage handlers instructing t...


Boston to Consider Harbor Barrier

The city of Boston is considering a permanent solution to combat climate change and its accompanying rise in tide and rainfall levels. The billion-dollar fix might come in the form of a sea ...


AkzoNobel To Invest $13M in UK Research Hub

Dutch paint industry giant AkzoNobel has amped up its Northeast England commitment with the announcement of a $13M investment in a new innovation hub in Felling, Gateshead.


Historic DC Bridge’s $250M Rehab Plan Set

A historic Washington D.C. structure is one step closer to an overhaul, as the National Park Service has selected a rehabilitation plan for the Arlington Memorial Bridge, and is moving on to...


Evacuations Lifted After Crane Safety Scare

More than a dozen buildings surrounding a high-rise construction project in downtown San Francisco had to be evacuated this week, when concerns about the stability of a crane and 2-ton concr...


CA Dam Situation Spawns Evacuations

The waters in California’s Lake Oroville continue to threaten nearby homes and infrastructure as the Oroville Dam’s main spillway remains in limited use, and an emergency spillway is also li...


Firm Develops ‘Modular’ Wastewater System

A Dutch company has put its new system of modular tanks for wastewater treatment into real-world use for the first time, and is experimenting with constructing the units with self-healing co...


$2.7B Bridge Moves Forward in BC

A multibillion-dollar bridge project near Vancouver will move forward, after an environmental review requested by local officials was waived by the Canadian government.


Concrete Collapses at CA Dam Spillway

The tallest dam in the United States is subject to close monitoring after engineers discovered major concrete erosion in its spillway—just as heavy rains set in.


Epoxy Designed for Anchoring to Concrete

Concrete products manufacturer Sakrete has introduced a new line of epoxy products for anchoring bolts or other objects into concrete.


ACI Issues ‘Comprehensive’ Concrete Guide

A new guide seeks to answer any questions related to concrete, including design and specification, inspection and testing topics.


Engineer Testifies in Sinking Tower Saga

A San Francisco government oversight committee conducting hearings to determine what went wrong at the sinking Millennium Tower has heard from an engineer involved in early stages of the pro...


FL Bridge Drops Concrete for Composites

A bridge set to open later this year in Florida will be a testing ground for composite building materials that could change the way construction and maintenance of bridges is carried out.


Concrete Artistry, Skill Honored in Awards

From parks and residences, to airport terminals and museums, the projects featured in the 2016 Decorative Concrete Awards program showcase the latest design trends and demonstrate the high l...


Record Waves Break CA ‘Cement Ship’

The so-called “cement ship” that lies off the California coast in Monterey Bay flipped and was broken apart by strong waves last weekend, and will remain in place to decay over time.


Floor Coating Made to Resist Impacts

A new polyaspartic floor coating from The Sherwin-Williams Company is designed for ease of application in manufacturing facilities, airplane hangars and other settings where impacts and abra...


Researchers Study Roman Concrete Recipe

Did the ancient Romans know the secret formula for extraordinary concrete? Researchers at Rice University are investigating; they are studying a mineral t


Cement Research Finds Strength in Defects

Researchers at Rice University are zeroing in on a mineral used by the ancient Romans in cement in order to understand how modern cement can be made stronger and more resistant to cracking.


Sherwin-Williams Touts Polyaspartic Technology

The latest polyaspartic floor coating offering from Sherwin-Williams is reportedly designed to give applicators greater flexibility and provide extended open time.


Scientists Report 3-D Graphene Development

A material developed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers is reportedly lighter than steel but much stronger, and could end up being incorporated into everything from bridges...


Study Looks at Beam Behavior

The American Concrete Institute has revealed a new research study evaluating seismic behavior of coupling beams with different types of steel fiber reinforced concrete.


Sealer Made for Concrete Surfaces

W.R. Meadows says its new sealer is formulated to help prevent chloride-induced corrosion of rebar and other problems with concrete in industrial, municipal and other applications.


Sealer Designed for Corrosion Protection

A new sealer being introduced this week by W.R. Meadows is designed to help prevent chloride-induced corrosion of rebar and other problems with concrete in industrial, municipal and other ap...


DE Bridge to Get New Protection from Ships

A $460 million capital improvement project being undertaken by the Delaware River and Bay Authority includes a project that will develop a new ship collision protection system for the twin s...


3-D Graphene Form: 'Stronger than Steel'

A team of researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology says it has produced a material that has 5 percent the density of steel and 10 times its strength.


Swiss Firm Develops New Concrete Additive

A startup firm associated with a Swiss university says its newly developed additive can help to control many properties of concrete, leading to harder material that's slower to deteriorate.


New Concrete Additive Shows Versatility

A new concrete additive promises to make concrete harder, more resistant to deterioration, and quicker to dry, according to a startup company with origins at a Swiss university.


Tunnel Linking Europe, Asia Opens

More than four years after construction began, the Eurasia Tunnel, connecting the European and Asian sides of Istanbul underneath the Bosphorus Strait, has opened to vehicle traffic.


Selecting Coatings by Brand: An SSPC 2017 Workshop

A novel workshop at SSPC 2017, scheduled for Jan. 31 in Tampa, FL, will describe the capabilities and uses of proprietary products for exterior concrete and masonry substrates.


Selecting Coatings by Brand: A Novel SSPC Workshop

A novel workshop at SSPC 2017, scheduled for Jan. 31 in Tampa, FL, will describe the capabilities and uses of proprietary products for exterior concrete and masonry substrates.


University to Collect $6.9M Over Floor Slabs

The University of Oregon will receive $6.9 million in a settlement with the architect, engineer and contractor of a residence hall with cracking concrete floor slabs.


Research: Cement Sponges Up Substantial CO2

New research from an international team suggests that, while cement production is a major generator of carbon dioxide gas, concrete and other cement-based materials also absorb a considerabl...


Study: Cement Absorbs Greenhouse Gas

For years, concrete—specifically the Portland cement that comprises much of the material—has gotten a bad rap in terms of carbon emissions. But new research indicates that even as the produc...


School Focuses on Concrete, Manager Training

Middle Tennessee State University is focusing on training managers and skilled laborers in the construction industry.


Quikrete Acquires Concrete Pipe Business

Concrete and waterproofing product manufacturer Quikrete Holdings Inc. has acquired a concrete pipe business owned by Cemex S.A.B. de C.V.


New Tappan Zee Reaches New Heights

Now in its fourth year of construction, the new Tappan Zee Bridge, aka the New NY Bridge, continues to reach major milestones in its path to completion, and certain elements of its superstru...


Join Us for Concrete Floor Guidance

A new free webinar will focus on the advantages and disadvantages of various concrete flooring options as well as their maintenance requirements and costs.


Cemex Sheds Concrete Pipe Arm for $500M

Mexican multinational building materials company Cemex S.A.B. de C.V. announced an approved sales agreement between one of its United States subsidiaries and what is said to be the largest m...


Simmet Receives Epoxy Service Award

Epoxy coatings veteran John L. Simmet has been posthumously recognized for his contributions to the industry by the Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute (CRSI), a technical association dedic...


Space Agency Confirms Sinking Tower

It’s been established for months now that San Francisco’s Millennium Tower is sinking, but the latest twist in the story reveals that the subsidence can even be seen from space.


Fibers Give New 'Textile Concrete' Appeal

Fibers could be the key to lighter, more durable and more versatile form of reinforced concrete, according to a new report from researchers at the Technical University of Dresden.


Concrete Program Inhabits Alcatraz Island

There was a time when you had to do something pretty bad to end up on Alcatraz Island for a few months. Some students and military veterans working with the Concrete Preservation Institute r...


Team Studies Concrete Moisture, Corrosion

Sensing problems in concrete is the focus of ongoing research at North Carolina State University.


Seattle Builds ‘Earthquake-Proof’ Bridge

A bridge being built in Seattle will be the first large-scale application of a new set of structural materials that will be “earthquake-proof,” bending and flexing in the event of a quake, t...


‘Textile Concrete’ Offers Support Alternative

Researchers at the Technical University of Dresden are investigating a form of reinforced concrete they claim is lighter, more durable and more versatile than conventional materials.


Tool Made to Measure Concrete Coatings

A U.K.-based inspection equipment manufacturer has launched a new tool for coating thickness inspection on concrete substrates.


‘Sensing Skin’ Indicates Chemicals, Moisture

Researchers at North Carolina State University have furthered their work with electrically conductive coatings that can sense problems in concrete, adding the capacity to sense corrosion-cau...


Architects Deconstruct Trump’s Border Wall

With the election last week of Donald J. Trump to the United States presidency, architects and builders are beginning to speculate on the nature of one of Trump’s signature campaign promises...


Gauge Measures Coatings on Concrete

A new tool for coating thickness inspection on concrete substrates has been launched by inspection equipment manufacturer Elcometer.


Buildings Damaged, at Risk After Quake

A nine-story building in central Wellington was at risk of collapse Tuesday (Nov. 15) in the wake of a 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck New Zealand early Monday.


Sydney Bridge Asbestos Stokes Concerns

Workers on a well-known bridge in Sydney unexpectedly found asbestos under concrete slabs earlier this year, and some government officials are questioning why they didn’t find out for nearly...


Concrete Collapse Traps 3 in Tunnel

Canadian safety officials are investigating an accident in a light rail transit project tunnel that temporarily trapped three construction workers Thursday (Nov. 10).


ACI Guide Covers Concrete Wind Turbines

A new publication on wind turbine towers is now available for professionals in the concrete industry.


Periscope Up on Ingels Office Building

A new office building in Philadelphia’s historic Navy Yard was designed to reflect the location’s maritime legacy, with architectural references to the big ships once built and serviced ther...


Report Details Cause of Foundation Cracks

New research confirms that pyrrhotite is to blame for premature cracking and deteriorating concrete foundations seen throughout hundreds of homes in Connecticut, but officials say important ...


Utah Arch Tunnels to Get Shotcrete Revamp

A pair of historic rock tunnels that serve as an entryway to Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah are getting a $2.5 million makeover, including the replacement of a layer of shotcrete inside ...


Polymer Boasts Fast Concrete Repair

A new concrete repair polymer has been introduced by VersaFlex Inc. (Kansas City, KS), a supplier of polyurea coatings, linings, joint fillers, and concrete repair products.


Team Evaluates Early-Age Bridge Deck Cracks

Pennsylvania is reportedly home to more than 22,000 bridges, many of which are aging and in need of repair. Through a collaboration between Penn State University and the Pennsylvania Departm...


Obituary: Jerry Hoyle, CEO of CTS Cement

A concrete expert with over four decades of experience in the industry has passed away.


New Polymer Repairs Cracking Concrete

VersaFlex Inc., a supplier of polyurea coatings, linings, joint fillers, and concrete repair products, has announced the launch of new concrete repair polymer.


Bridge Falls, Kills 1, after Safety Warning

Italian authorities have opened a criminal investigation into the collapse of a highway bridge near Milan late last week that left one driver dead and injured 5 others.


Library in Queens Set to Sparkle

The new Hunters Point Community Library in the New York City borough of Queens celebrated a milestone recently, when the builders of the steel-and-concrete structure celebrated its topping-o...


Cracks Plague Sydney Metro Project

A multibillion-dollar metro rail extension in Australia’s largest city is facing a second major setback, as one of the precast concrete spans for the “Skytrain” rail bridge has cracked, the ...


Tilting Tower Developer May Drill Deeper

The developer behind San Francisco’s famously sinking Millennium Tower has reportedly changed plans for another tower project in the same area, likely redesigning its foundation so that it’s...


Bridge of Firsts Celebrates $48M Rehab

An important structure in the history of bridges has just undergone an extensive four-year, $48 million restoration.


Yellowstone Installs Eco-Friendly Pavement

When replacing aging asphalt in the eco-sensitive Yellowstone Geyser Basin, Wyoming’s Yellowstone National Park turned to an innovative, porous paving material that is manufactured in part f...


Yellowstone Upgrades Crumbling Trails

Thousands of square feet of crumbling asphalt walkways throughout Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming have been replaced with porous concrete surfaces made from stone and recycled tires.


Assessing Highway Infrastructure

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has given America’s civil infrastructure an overall grade of a D+ based on ASCE’s 2013 Report Card, while “Bridges” received only a slightly be...


Contractor Defaults, Bridge Job Restarts

Replacing a lane of defective concrete is among the jobs to be taken on by a crediting agency after the lead contractor on a major project on the International Bridge in Michigan went into d...


Expert: ‘Leaning’ Tower Earthquake-Safe

Engineers retained by the owners of San Francisco’s Millennium Tower have issued a report reinforcing that the luxury condo high-rise is earthquake-safe, despite reports that the building ha...


New Admixture Made to Fight Bacteria

A new concrete admixture offered by BASF (Cleveland, OH) is designed to prevent biodeterioration through the use of an electrophysical antibactercial mechanism.


Impact Award Lauds Water Projects

Restoration of two 60- and 80-year-old domestic anaerobic digesters for the city of Austin, MN, earned three companies top honors in the inaugural Sherwin-Williams Impact Award.


Decorative Concrete Hall of Fame Honors 4

The Decorative Concrete Hall of Fame ranks grew by four on Monday (Sept. 26) as the class of 2016 was inducted at the Concrete Decor Show, in San Diego.


Great Wall Repair Sparks Outrage

Chinese officials are drawing criticism for a restoration project that experts say went “very badly.”


Radar Looks Inside Tunnel Wall

An alternate method of inspecting the integrity of concrete tunnel walls was demonstrated in Pittsburgh last week as part of a program that finds strategic solutions to national transportati...


'Sinking' Tower Fix: Let It Be?

The Millennium Tower of San Francisco has been sparking debate all over since it was reported in August that it’s been sinking and tilting at a rate greater than ever expected. But one profe...


Coatings for Water Treatment Plants

When it comes to water and wastewater treatment facilities, a variety of structures and areas require attention.


Concrete Trade Groups to Merge

The American Society of Concrete Contractors will be augmenting its concrete polishing programming through a merger with the Concrete Polishing Association of America, the two groups have an...


DC Transit Officials Face Concrete Concerns

Crumbling concrete is under scrutiny at one Washington, D.C., transit station this month. Investigators recently discovered concrete damage in a bridge outside the Rhode Island Avenue Statio...


Canadian Officials Air Bridge Concerns

Canadian officials have raised questions about the structural integrity of a privately owned span that’s touted as the busiest commercial point of entry between the United States and Canada....


Scottish Bridge Gets Unorthodox Paint Job

A bridge in Scotland just got a new coat of paint, but it wasn’t a standard job involving a crew of bridge painters and a three-coat system.


130-Ton Beams Drop onto Railroad Tracks

Work came to a halt on an Oregon railroad overpass last week when two concrete beams, weighing 130 tons apiece, collapsed onto railroad tracks the new structure was intended to cross.


Officials Probe Deadly Garage Collapse

The collapse of an under-construction four-story underground parking garage near a medical center in Tel Aviv, Israel, remained under investigation Tuesday (Sept. 6).


Sika Buys Concrete Fiber Producer

Specialty chemical company Sika Corp. has announced the acquisition of FRC Industries, an Alabama-based producer of polypropylene fibers for concrete.


Five Balconies Collapse in New York

Authorities are investigating what caused multiple balconies to collapse Tuesday morning at an aging apartment complex in Long Island, NY.


Footage Captures Tappan Zee Progress

Three years into what is considered to be one of the largest bridge construction projects in New York history, the New York State Thruway Authority has released a video chronicling progress ...


Tube Curves Get Concrete Solution

Researchers and concrete suppliers in the U.K. have come up with what looks to be a solution to a longstanding problem: a durable method of supporting curved stretches of track on the London...


Additives Made for Cement Production

Cement makers in North America now have access to the C-ADD line of additives from global coatings and adhesives manufacturer MAPEI.


New Concrete Showcases Flexibility

A new kind of concrete developed by researchers in Singapore is, according to its discoverers, stronger, more reliable, and ... bendable.


New Player Enters Protective Coatings Field

Financial investment business Signet Enterprises has announced the launch of a new venture in the field of polymer technology for the protective and structural coatings industries.


Additives Made for Stronger Cement

Coatings and adhesives manufacturer MAPEI has announced it is introducing its C-ADD cement additives division to the North American market.


‘Bendable Concrete’ to Speed Roadwork

Researchers in Singapore have created a form of concrete they say is not only stronger and more durable, but which should also reduce the time needed for roadwork by more than half.


Campaign Promotes Building with Concrete

As some campaign to broaden the use of materials like wood in commercial and residential building, an industry group is touting the benefits of an old standby: concrete.


EPA Fines Cement Maker $1.69 Million

Cement manufacturer Cemex Inc. faces a $1.69 million penalty and will invest $10 million in cutting emissions at five of its plants as a result of a recent settlement with the U.S. governmen...


Coating to Stop Moisture Intrusion

Rust-Oleum has launched a low-odor, latex-based coating designed to protect bare masonry wall and floor surfaces from water intrusion.


BASF Launches Sealant

A new sealant made to help accelerate construction project schedules and keep horizontal joints weathertight has been released by BASF.


Sealant Formulated for Damp, Green Concrete

BASF has introduced a new sealant designed to help accelerate construction project schedules and keep horizontal joints weather tight.


California Luxury Condo Tower Sinking

It’s only eight years old, and home to some very wealthy and noted San Franciscans—and the Millennium Tower, sources say, is sinking faster than was ever anticipated.


This Tunnel-Bridge Combo Will Float

How do you solve the problem of building a crossing where traditional engineering methods pose a problem? Transportation officials in Norway are considering the world’s first floating submer...


SSPC Workshop to Tackle Moisture Challenges

Coating suppliers will be able to tout their specific brands as solutions to moisture problems in buildings as part of a workshop with an experimental format at SSPC 2017.


2 Workers Killed in Collapse

Two construction workers perished and others were trapped Sunday (July 24) when a building portico under construction collapsed in Hyderabad, India.


New Sealers Made for Concrete, Wood

Black Diamond Coatings has introduced a new line of sealers formulated for use on a variety of substrates, including concrete, pavers, stone and wood.


Cracking Concrete Probe Continues

One year after launching a probe into hundreds of cracking and crumbling residential concrete foundations, officials say the concrete companies linked to the foundations did not intentionall...


Concrete Repair Line Subtracts Silica

A new line of waterproof concrete repair products from Formulators (Santa Ana, CA) is touted as being free of respirable crystalline silica, the subject of a recent OSHA rule aimed at limiti...


5 Injured in Floor Collapse

Federal safety regulators are investigating a partial floor collapse at a Florida hotel construction project that injured five workers Tuesday (June 28) morning.


ACI Offers New Curing Guide

External curing of concrete is the topic of a newly released guide from the American Concrete Institute.


Heat Wave ‘Blows Up’ Highways

Near-record heat has overtaken much of the central part of the United States in recent weeks, and there’s one danger popping up that many might not expect: concrete pavement “blow-ups.”


‘Self-Installing’ Innovation

A European construction services group will achieve an industry first with the design, fabrication and installation of five full-size gravity base foundations (GBFs) for a wind farm off the ...


Bridge, Scaffolding Fall on Autobahn

A newly built section of a bridge on Germany’s Autobahn system collapsed Wednesday (June 15), leaving one worker dead and seriously injuring six others.


Free Webinar Covers Controlling Moisture

Using coatings to minimize moisture in concrete is the topic of the next free webinar from Durability + Design.


Concrete Repair Code Sets Standards

Highlighting the need for consistent practices in concrete repair, the American Concrete Institute has published what it calls “a major milestone” in the industry: A new code that focuses on...


Laticrete Expands TX Operation

Laticrete International Inc. says it is building a 70,000-square-foot addition to an existing 100,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Grand Prairie, TX.


Contractor Charged in Fatal Fall

A New York-based concrete contractor and his companies have been indicted on manslaughter and other charges in connection with the falling death of a worker.


Swiss Launch Record-Breaking Tunnel

The world’s longest, deepest tunnel opened last week in Switzerland with much fanfare celebrating completion of the mega project’s 17-year construction timeline.


Researching a New Cement Recipe

Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are on the hunt for a new bio-inspired recipe for cement paste could make buildings, bridges and other structures more sustainable and...


MIT Research Looks to Redesign Concrete

Biomaterials are the inspiration for a new recipe for cement paste that researchers at MIT have developed, and the result could be a more sustainable and durable kind of concrete, and struct...


New Issue Now Online

The latest issue of D+D In Depth, featuring four probing articles on architectural coatings and related technologies, is now available online.


Collapse Injures 7 on Hydro Site

Authorities are investigating a concrete collapse that injured seven workers early Monday (May 30), in Labrador, Canada, the latest in a series of issues facing the Muskrat Falls hydropower ...


'Concrete Cancer' Meets Its Match

Researchers have discovered a new concrete formulation that could take advantage of recycled glass, without being susceptible to the deterioration-causing chemical reaction known as "concret...


Scientists Find Cure for Concrete Cancer

In a recent study, Canadian researchers reported the ability to calm a chemical reaction that has traditionally caused glass-fed concrete to weaken, expand and crack, a reaction known as “co...


Turbine Breaks Records

A Des Moines-based energy provider claims it has built the largest land-based wind turbine in the United States. It is celebrating this feat by sharing the video footage, aerial photography ...


Concrete Contractor Settles 1 WTC Case

New York and New Jersey officials have agreed to hand over $12.3 million to settle an ongoing dispute with a One World Trade Center contractor, according to various reports.


Concrete, Coatings Deliver Green Honors

Concrete formulation and coating specifications play a role in many of the projects being honored by the American Institute of Architects for their sustainable and ecological design.


Cracks at Nuclear Site Spur Violation

A New Hampshire nuclear power plant was cited by regulators last week for failing to respond properly to problems with cracking concrete.


Bridge Deck Collapses in UK

Health and safety officials are looking into what caused the steel and concrete deck of a new bridge structure to collapse Monday (May 16) on a construction site along the M60 motorway in En...


Lawsuit Claims Castle is Short on Steel

Designed as a residence that could withstand a hit from an F5 tornado, earthquake, bomb blast and remain standing for 2,000 years, Chateau Pensmore’s fate in Highlandsville, MO, is left unce...


Seattle Borer Drills Past Viaduct

Bertha, the world’s largest tunnel-boring machine, made its way under Seattle’s Alaskan Way Viaduct faster than expected, limiting road closures last week and moving the tunneling project cl...


Free Webinar Offers Concrete Floor Advice

Coatings for aggressive environments are the topic when Durability + Design presents the third installment of its webinar series on concrete floor coatings on Thursday, May 19.


Mineral to Blame in Cracking Foundations

Officials in Connecticut have determined that concrete aggregate is partly to blame for hundreds of deteriorating residential foundations throughout the eastern part of the state.


Goodwin to Receive ASTM Honor

ASTM International’s Committee on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates will present its Award of Merit this year to Fred Goodwin, of BASF Construction Chemicals.


Today’s Espresso, Tomorrow’s Expressway

Coffee may already power a lot of engineers and construction crews, but some Australian researchers are looking at the brown stuff as a potential building material for roads, too.


Concrete Group Issues Safety Bulletins

The American Society of Concrete Contractors has announced the publication of three new safety bulletins, covering issues affecting structural, architectural and decorative concrete contract...


Construction Machines Clash in China

For some, settling workplace disputes involves calm, but heated verbal exchanges. For others, they consist of climbing into a piece of heavy construction machinery and using it as a weapon.


Group Marks 125 Years of Concrete Streets

A group of more than 100, many taking part in the National Concrete Consortium meetings in Columbus, gathered in Bellefontaine, OH, Monday (April 25) to celebrate the 125th anniversary of Am...


Concrete Institute Names President, VP

Michael J. Schneider of Baker Concrete Construction (Monroe, OH) has been elected president of the American Concrete Institute for 2016-17, the organization has announced.


At-Risk DC Bridge Gets New Support Plan

With time running out to raise funds to award a contract to restore a historic Washington, D.C., bridge, the National Park Service has floated a plan that would keep the crossing open, even ...


Wet Concrete Falls Off Building, Hits Car

A woman’s car window was shattered Thursday (April 14) when a portion of wet concrete fell from a construction site in downtown Jersey City, NJ, according to various news reports.


Flexmar Touts Polyaspartics Technology

Flexmar Coatings has introduced a new line of polyaspartic coatings made for interior and exterior commercial, residential and light industrial concrete floor substrates, the company says.


Firm, Staff Charged in Kolkata Collapse

Three officials from the company building the overpass that collapsed Thursday (March 31) in Kolkata, India, have been arrested in relation to the incident, NPR reported Saturday (April 2).


TN Colleges Offer Concrete Degrees

Aspiring concrete industry professionals pursuing an education can now learn the craft via a new partnership between two Tennessee colleges.


Flyover Gives Way in Eastern India

An overpass under construction in Kolkata, India, collapsed in a busy commercial district around noon Thursday (March 31), killing at least 14 and trapping more than 100 beneath the rubble, ...


Queensferry Crossing Reaches Milestone

Crews working on Scotland’s Queensferry Crossing recently made a massive push toward meeting the $1.35 billion structure’s year-end 2016 completion date.


Waterblasting Tool Aids in Surface Prep

A Texas-based waterblasting equipment manufacturer has launched a new rotary nozzle for surface cleaning jobs.


Design Changes Eyed in Bypass Collapse

A failure to follow design standards likely led to the collapse of a 150-foot-long viaduct section during construction on a California freeway project last year, transportation officials hav...


Converting Carbon Emissions into Concrete

In a process they call “carbon upcycling,” a group of University of California, Los Angeles, researchers is working on a way to recapture and repurpose industrial carbon emissions into poten...


Climate Policy, Concrete Mix in Research

Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, hope to close the loop on carbon emissions and concrete.


 
 
   

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