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CarbonCure Technologies Inc.
IN THIS ISSUE:
NEWS LINKS
PROMOTIONS
ASSOCIATION & INDUSTRY NEWS
ENGINEERING
OPERATIONS, ENVIRONMENTAL, SAFETY & HR
GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS
PRODUCTS & SERVICES
CALENDAR
 
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NEWS LINKS
Concrete has been the staple of sidewalks, but its tendency to crack as tree roots grow has some rethinking ways to improve walkability and safety. Nate Berg discusses some of these ideas in greater detail, looking at heated sidewalks, using them as a source of kinetic energy, making them glow in the dark and creating them from flexible rubber. 

Source: The May 23 edition of the AGC SmartBrief e-newsletter which contained this May 22 article by the Web site CityLab.
 
High resistance, high performance concrete that can withstand a bomb blast has been developed by an engineering team at the University of Adelaide in Australia. The new concrete "possesses remarkable compressive and tensile properties, surpassing conventional concrete materials," according to this article. It "possess five times the ability of conventional concretes to withstand compressive force, 10 times the ability to withstand the tensile stress produced by stretching or pulling," explains Marc Howe.

Source: The AGC SmartBrief e-newsletter for May 22 which contained this May 21 article from the Web site Sourceable.
 
From the Land Down Under, we take you another location in the Southern Hemisphere, Malaysia, where NRMCA Producer member Lafarge is aiming to build the cleanest concrete batch plant in the country. Just how clean is clean, you ask? So clean that trucks entering plant premises do not need to be washed before they exit the compound.

Source: A May 23 article by The Star. Click here to read more.
 
PROMOTIONS
Last week, NRMCA vice presidents, national resources, Jon Hansen and Amy Miller represented NRMCA at the International Council of Shopping Centers' national show, RECON, attended by thousands of developers and owners, including many National Accounts. NRMCA's booth had three themes: overlays, an option for worn out asphalt; LED lighting synergy with concrete pavement and concrete pavements, an option an owner can’t afford not to have. Miller and Hansen said the show was a success, with many qualified leads received from booth visitors, primarily owners. NRMCA will be reviewing these leads and disseminating this information to state associations very soon.

For more information, contact Amy Miller at amiller@nrmca.org.
 
If you’re like most of us, you probably don’t have enough time to read every e-mail you receive. As a result, you start to selectively push aside some, with every intention of coming back to read them when time allows. Unfortunately, that "time" seldom occurs. It is for this reason that NRMCA has developed News of Interest to Concrete Promoters – a bi-monthly roundup of what’s going on in the world of concrete promotion. "News of Interest is the Reader’s Digest version of NRMCA’s weekly E-NEWS with regard to all things promotion," says editor and senior national resource director Phil Kresge. "Every other month, we provide a collection of promotion news items in a quick-to-read format. Now you can stay abreast of the successes and the latest innovations in promotion with minimal time and effort." Although mostly a recap of previous E-NEWS items, News of Interest will also feature new items that every promoter can use.

News of Interest to Concrete Promoters is distributed to a select list of individuals who have expressed an interest in concrete promotion. If you have not received previous editions and would like to be added to the distribution list or you know someone who might benefit from receiving The News, simply send a note to Phil Kresge at pkresge@nrmca.org.
 
The Euclid Chemical Company
ASSOCIATION & INDUSTRY NEWS
Two highly-successful Walk for Sustainability events were recently held to benefit the RMC Research & Education Foundation, raising almost $20,000 and helping to increase awareness of Foundation-funded sustainable development research projects and programs. Please click here to read more.

For more information about the RMC Research & Education Foundation, please visit www.rmc-foundation.org or contact Jennifer LeFevre at jlefevre@rmc-foundation.org or at 240-485-1151.
 
ENGINEERING
NRMCA is glad to announce a new publication: Improving Concrete Quality. Improved concrete quality has far reaching benefits, in improved performance, reduced time and costs, a lower environmental footprint of concrete and an overall improvement in the quality of concrete construction. While there are many books on concrete technology, it is hard to find a book that is focused on the subject of improving concrete quality. In addition, quality measurement is not prevalent in the concrete industry and, as a result, quality investment is not seen as generating a positive return.

This book discusses concrete quality measurement as well as the tangible and intangible benefits due to improved quality. The book suggests steps to measure and reduce variability due to concrete ingredient materials, manufacturing and testing, and thereby improve concrete quality. The book gets into basic statistics and how to use test data to improve quality. Doing a test and collecting data by itself is of little value unless data analysis and necessary corrective action are taken. The book addresses a number of topics that are of great interest, including how to identify poor testing, poor initial curing; how do identify abnormal material variation; how to control mixing water variation; improving batching accuracy; how to ensure ingredient material quality; elements of a quality management system; how to do a quality audit and tests a concrete producer should do.

This book will be of significant value to concrete producers who will come away with readily implementable steps to reduce variability and attain a more consistent product, thereby seeing performance benefits and cost savings. This book provides suggestions on how architects and engineers can ensure good quality concrete through their specifications. This book will help testing labs measure and improve testing quality. This book will assist cementitious and admixture suppliers better understand how their material variability affects concrete performance and thus can help reduce it.

Improving Concrete Quality can be pre-ordered from the NRMCA Web site at a special introductory price. For more information, contact Jacques Jenkins at jjenkins@nrmca.org.
 
OPERATIONS, ENVIRONMENTAL, SAFETY & HR
NRMCA will host the August 12-15 Plant Manager Certification workshop in Silver Spring, MD (metro Washington, DC). This class not only serves producers, but specifically meets the Army Corp of Engineers' contract spec requirement for personnel who must be certified as part of awarded federal contracts. It is also a required class in the NRMCA Operations and Production Track in the STEPS program.
 
According to NRMCA’s Industry Data Survey, Operations and Production account for approximately 90% of producers’ expenses. Therefore, with your bottom line at stake, it has never been more important for your crew to be at the top of its game when it comes to efficiency and productivity. Whether your operations staff now manages more plants, is new to plant management and batching or has unplanned down time, the curriculum intensely covers product knowledge, plant safety, environmental regulations, plant operations and ready mixed industry business principles.

The only other 2014 Plant Manager Certification class will be December 9-12 in Phoenix.. Registration is also open for that class.

Click here for more information, registration options and staff contact.
 
Registration for this year’s NRMCA Safety Course is now open. The upcoming course will take place August 6-8 in Ontario, CA. This 2.5-day course teaches participants about OSHA safety compliance. It begins with why safety is so important and details the reasons why an effective safety program actually saves money through loss prevention and control. Participants learn about electrical safety, machine guarding, fall protection, hazard communication, confined spaces, personal protective equipment, fire fighting and evacuation, maintenance shop safety chute handling, fleet safety, pre-trip inspection and more.

The course will take place at the CEMEX Ontario Regional Office. NRMCA has also reserved a hotel room block for attendees at the nearby Embassy Suites Ontario-Airport. 

Click here to access registration links, more information and staff contacts.
 
More than a decade ago the U.S. Department of Transportation revised its Hours of Service (HOS) Rules which had been in effect, and virtually unchanged, since 1939. However, shortly after they were adopted, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia voted to vacate the new federal drivers' Hours of Service rules. The rules have been subject to numerous court actions ever since. Now there are new revisions to the rule, including a mandatory 30-minute break, new weekly clock reset, egregious violations for both company and drivers, and much more. Do you know how these rules affect the ready mixed concrete industry? Is your company in compliance? Find out answers to these questions and many more by attending this free Webinar, tomorrow, May 29, at 2 p.m. Eastern time.

Click here to register. For more information, contact Gary Mullings at gmullings@nrmca.org or Jessica Walgenbach at jwalgenbach@nrmca.org.
 
NRMCA’s Commitment To Environmental Excellence Awards competition offers producers national recognition for outstanding contributions to protecting the environment and maintaining sound management practice in their operations. The program salutes companies that have not only met, but surpassed governmental compliance measures and demonstrated a commitment to environmental excellence through plant and staff investment. Any NRMCA member company producing ready mixed concrete from a fixed plant location in the U.S., its territories or Canada is eligible to enter. Awards will be determined upon individual plant merits; companies may choose to enter plants from any or all of the five production volume categories.

Click here for more information, download the 2014 Environmental Excellence Awards entry form or staff contact. Entries and photos must be received by e-mail to Gary Mullings at gmullings@nrmca.org by Thursday, July 31.
 
Trimble Construction Logistics
GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS
Media articles on Congress, transportation infrastructure, regulation, taxes and other subjects, each of which relate to the ready mixed concrete industry, are updated each week by NRMCA's Government Affairs staff. To access the most recent compilation of articles for May 19 - 23, please click here.

If you would like to receive this weekly updated link in a separate e-mail, or if you have questions or comments about the roundup, contact NRMCA’s Elizabeth Fox at efox@nrmca.org.
 
This is the year to come to DC. Federal transportation programs are facing a crisis. With MAP-21 set to expire September 30 and the Department of Transportation estimating that the Highway Trust Fund will run out of money as soon as July, there has never been a greater need for Congress to act. Join your industry allies in Washington on June 10-11 for the Transportation Construction Coalition's 2014 Legislative Fly-In and NRMCA’s RALLY for ROADS, the nation's largest transportation funding advocacy rally at 8:30 a.m. on June 11. You may register for the RALLY for ROADS now at www.RallyforRoads.org (registration is free)

Registration is also open for the TCC Fly-In. As in the past, a legislative briefing has been scheduled to update you on the latest congressional events; educational briefing packets have also been prepared for you to deliver to your congressional delegation. Buses will take you from the hotel to the U.S. Capitol for the rally on June 11.This year's meeting will be held at the Mayflower Renaissance Washington Hotel at 1127 Connecticut Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20036. Create your account and register for the TCC Fly-In by clicking here

New to the Rally for Roads? Click here to learn how the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) is working to partner with industry representatives in pursuit of improving our nation’s highways and infrastructure. AEM will help to send you to Washington. It will cover $500 for the travel expenses associated with your fly-in. Don’t want the reimbursement? It will contribute $500 on your behalf to benefit Wounded Warriors.

To be eligible you must have: attended CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2014; participate in one of the above events and did not register for the 2013 TCC Fly-In, 2012 Rally for Roads, 2013 NAPA or NSSGA Fly-In; and reported on your experience on the Hill. Click here to learn more.

Thank you for your past support and we look forward to seeing you in June.
 
Last week the House and Senate both overwhelmingly passed the Conference Report to H.R. 3080, and S. 610 the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA). The report passed the House on Tuesday May 20, by a 412-4 vote and the Senate on Thursday, May 22, by a 91-7 vote. WRRDA both reforms and authorizes the programs of the Army Corps of Engineers’ Civil Works programs related to navigation, flood risk management, recreation, infrastructure and environmental stewardship. NRMCA was able to secure several major victories in the WRRDA Conference Report, including NRMCA’s resilient construction language as included in Section 3022, and two directives in studies that were included in the Conference Report (Sec. 3023 and, Sec. 3024). 

The legislative text of this final version of the bill can be read here. A section-by-section summary is here.
 
PRODUCTS & SERVICES

The NRMCA May Internet Spotlight is the User’s Guide to ASTM Specification C94/C94M on Ready-Mixed Concrete 2nd Edition. This second edition includes 22 comprehensive chapters that explain every section of ASTM C 94/C94M, including background, scope, referenced documents, ordering information, materials, requirements for production, acceptance of concrete and much more. Authors: D. Gene Daniel and Colin L. Lobo. 160 Pages | Pub# 2PMNL49-14.

Member $75 | Non-member $89. Pre-orders are being taken now and shipment will begin later this week. Order online.
 
CALENDAR
*Please note that e-mail and direct links to each event listed below can be accessed from NRMCA's Web site.

May 29, Free Webinar
Streets & Roads Promotion for DOTs, Counties & Municipalities
Email: Jacques Jenkins, 240-485-1165
 
June 3-5, Silver Spring, MD
Concrete Durability Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
 
June 5, Free Webinar
Overlays for Streets & Local Roads
Email: Jacques Jenkins, 240-485-1165
 
June 10, Free Webinar
Roller Compacted Concrete for Streets & Local Roads
Email: Jacques Jenkins, 240-485-1165
 
June 11-12, Online Course
Designing Pervious Concrete Pavement for Municipal & Commercial Applications
Email: Amanda Hult, 303-953-2382
 
June 13, Free Webinar
Winning Initial Streets & Roads Projects in Counties & Municipalities
Email: Jacques Jenkins, 240-485-1165
 
June 17, Webinar
Concrete Pavement Jointing Plans
Email: Amanda Hult, 303-953-2382
 
June 17, Webinar
Designing and Specifying Pervious Concrete Part 1 (Part 2 is June 24)
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
 
June 18, Free Webinar
Backing Accident Prevention Program
Email: Karen Bean, 240-485-1168
 
June 19, Free Webinar
Utilizing MIT Research Results
Email: Shawnita Dickens, 888-84-NRMCA, x1154
 
June 23-26, Online Course
Concrete's Role in Sustainable Development
Email: Tien Peng, 206-913-8535
 
June 26, Free Webinar
SLR Concrete Construction & Repair Basics
Email: Jacques Jenkins, 240-485-1165
 
July 1, Webinar
Roller Compacted Concrete: Another Choice for Pavement
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
 
July 7-10, Online Course
Building Green with Concrete
Email: Tien Peng, 206-913-8535
 
July 8, Webinar
Understanding Asphalt
Email: Brian Killingsworth, 830-438-2690
 
July 11, Webinar
Designing Concrete Parking Lots the Right Way!
Email: Amy Miller, 904-264-8850
 
July 15, Free Webinar
Streets & Roads Elected Official Advocacy
Email: Jacques Jenkins, 240-485-1165
 
July 29-30, Online Course
Designing Jointed Concrete Pavement for Streets and Parking Areas
Email: Amanda Hult, 303-953-2382
 
July 30, Free Webinar
Streets & Roads Promotion & Advocacy Overview
Email: Jacques Jenkins, 240-485-1165
 
August 4-7, Online Course
Life Cycle Assessment of Concrete Structures
Email: Tien Peng, 206-913-8535
 
August 5, Free Webinar
Roller Compacted Concrete for Streets & Local Roads
Email: Jacques Jenkins, 240-485-1165
 
August 6, Webinar
Introduction to Concrete Pavement Analyst Program
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
 
August 6, Webinar
Designing and Specifying Pervious Concrete Part 1 (Part 2 is August 13)
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
 
August 12-15, Silver Spring, MD
Plant Manager Certification Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
 
August 14, Free Webinar
Streets & Roads Team Building & Situation Analysis
Email: Jacques Jenkins, 240-485-1165
 
August 19, Webinar
Controlling Moisture in Concrete Slabs
Email: Amanda Hult, 303-953-2382
 
August 19, Webinar
Roller Compacted Concrete: Another Choice for Pavement
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
 
August 20, Webinar
Recruiting & Hiring Top Performing Ready Mix Sales Reps
Email: Shawnita Dickens, 888-84-NRMCA, x1154
 
August 21, Free Webinar
Streets & Roads Promotion for DOTs, Counties & Municipalities
Email: Jacques Jenkins, 240-485-1165
 
September 8-10, Silver Spring, MD
Concrete Durability Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
 
September 9, Webinar
Designing and Specifying Pervious Concrete Part 1 (Part 2 is September 16)
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
 
September 10, Webinar
Re-Entrepreneuring: 7 Strategies for Rebuilding Your Business in the New Economy
Email: Shawnita Dickens, 888-84-NRMCA, x1154
 
September 12, Free Webinar
Winning Initial Streets & Roads Projects in Counties & Municipalities
Email: Jacques Jenkins, 240-485-1165
 
September 12, Webinar
Designing Concrete Parking Lots the Right Way!
Email: Amy Miller, 904-264-8850
 
September 30, Webinar
Roller Compacted Concrete: Another Choice for Pavement
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
 
September 30, Webinar
Introduction to Concrete Pavement Analyst Program
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
 
October 7-10, Silver Spring, MD
CCSP Module I, "Concrete 101" - Technical/Product Knowledge
Email: Shawnita Dickens, 888-84-NRMCA, x1154
 
October 14, Free Webinar
Streets & Roads Elected Official Advocacy
Email: Shawnita Dickens, 888-84-NRMCA, x1154
 
November 3-7, Silver Spring, MD
Annual Concrete Technologist Training and Certification Course "Short Course"
Email: Karen Bean, 240-485-1168
 
November 7, Webinar
Designing Concrete Parking Lots the Right Way!
Email: Amy Miller, 904-264-8850
 
November 18-20, Silver Spring, MD
The Effective RMC Supervisor - Silver Spring, MD
Email: Shawnita Dickens, 888-84-NRMCA, x1154
 
November 19, Webinar
Sales Performance Assessments and Review for Ready Mix Sales Managers
Email: Shawnita Dickens, 888-84-NRMCA, x1154
 
December 3-5, Phoenix
Environmental Professional Certification Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
 
December 9-12, Phoenix
Plant Manager Certification Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
 
December 16-18, Silver Spring, MD
CCSP Module II: Customer Business Knowledge - Understanding the Concrete Contractor's Business
Email: Shawnita Dickens, 888-84-NRMCA, x1154
 

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