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Floating Concrete – A Revolutionary Feat

An abandoned pier that was erected in the early 1950’s known as Pier 57, is about to go through a $350 million renovation. Located in Manhattan, this pier is expected to be occupied by new offices for Google as well as a new food market. This large-scale renovation…

High Modulus of Elasticity for High Rise Structures

Modulus of elasticity (MOE) in concrete refers to the measurement of resistance a concrete structure has to deform or sway. That is, it measures the stiffness of the concrete. This measurement is used for high rise buildings, bridge piers, and other structural applications where the stiffness of the…

DOTs are Using Hydro Technology to Repair Concrete Structures

The Utah Department of Transportation is using a recyclable resource to repair worn bridges along one of the busier highways in Salt Lake County. Get Your First SmartRock Concrete Sensor for FREE Free Demo Kit On Friday, the agency exhibited an inventive system of high-pressure water jets to…

Modifying the Microstructure of Concrete to Decrease Emissions

An MIT-led team has defined the nanoscale forces that control how particles pack together during the development of cement “paste,” the material that holds together concrete and causes that ubiquitous construction material to be a major source of greenhouse gas emissions. By monitoring those forces, the researchers will…

Progress on the Ohio River Bridge Project

Officials with the Ohio River Bridges Project just recently released the latest batch of aerial photos, showing the progress of the bridge as of June. Get Your First SmartRock Concrete Sensor for FREE Free Demo Kit Michael McKay, a spokesman for the project and associate account manager with…

Seattle Concrete Tunnel Project is Beginning to Take Shape

Portions of the vast Highway 99 tunnel are starting to look like the double-decker thoroughfare that former Gov. Chris Gregoire promised seven years ago. Bertha’s recent progress along the Seattle waterfront — some 1,500 feet since diving below the Alaskan Way Viaduct on April 29 — has allowed…

Construction Software is Heading Toward the Cloud

There is a perception that construction software applications are only affordable and needed by large multinational companies working on billion-dollar jobs. However, Daniel De Monte, President of Toronto’s Flat Iron Building Group, states that is not actually the case. Get Your First SmartRock Concrete Sensor for FREE Free…

Development in Sustainable Concrete Material

At UCLA an interdisciplinary research team is recycling carbon dioxide in an innovative process to develop sustainable building material. Get Your First SmartRock Concrete Sensor for FREE Free Demo Kit Carbon Upcycling consists of 13 UCLA faculty members, students and staff from various fields such as engineering, chemistry…

Can Future Structures Be Made Out of Bone ?

Researcher at the University of Cambridge are making small batches of the artificial bone and are now in the process of scaling it up for production use. However, the biggest setback is the use of animal collagen. It isn’t exactly eco-friendly – or even sustainable – so the…

Students Use Concrete 3D Printer to Build Concrete Pavilion

Concrete 3D printing is largely being pushed by small startups, yet the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) is using the technology to create some interesting work. Through a collaboration with Dutch company ROHACO, they developed their own remarkably accurate 11 x 5 x 4m concrete 3D printer, which…

Disrupting the Construction Industry Through Technology

McKinsey & Company has recently released a report that provides in sight on why the construction industry is ripe for disruption. The McKinsey Global Institute estimates that the world requires $57 trillion to be spent on infrastructure by 2030 in order to keep up with global GDP growth….

World’s Largest Continuous Concrete Pour

Which construction project received the Guinness title for world’s largest continuous concrete pour? The Wilshire Grand Center in the USA or the Lakhta Center Tower in Russia?

Recycling Sewage Sludge into Concrete

Wastewater plants in Malaysia face the major challenge of disposing the sludge that is left over from treating sewage water. While studies show that the volume of sludge is expected to rise, disposal options are limited due to strict environmental regulations. Meanwhile, the construction sector seeks economic and…

Learn How Software Helps Construction Operations

Contractors are always on the go — bouncing from jobsites, the office and everywhere in between. Time doesn’t stop on the job, and a project’s deadline won’t freeze to push paperwork. With new innovations from software companies, contractors can bridge the gap between the office and worksite —…

Research in Traffic Management to Help Field Engineers

When drivers face a work zone, they have a choice: go through or go around. But for traffic engineers, this choice represents an awkward problem. Get Your First SmartRock Concrete Sensor for FREE Free Demo Kit How do you forecast the number of drivers who will divert around…

To Increase Economic Growth Countries Needs to Increase Infrastructure

According to a new report from the McKinsey Global Institute the world needs to dramatically ramp up spending on infrastructure to keep up with economic growth. Yet, many major economies are going in the other direction. Get Your First SmartRock Concrete Sensor for FREE Free Demo Kit Researchers…

ACI ANNOUNCES NEW CONCRETE REPAIR CODE

The American Concrete Institute announces the availability of the new ACI 562-16: Code Requirements for Evaluation, Repair, and Rehabilitation of Concrete Buildings and Commentary. Get Your First SmartRock Concrete Sensor for FREE Free Demo Kit The code requirements represent a major milestone in the industry—not only is it…

Zaha Hadid’s Twisting Concrete Structure Tops Out

The famous international architecture firm, Zaha Hadid, has topped out the twisting skyscraper in Milan. Originally named ‘lo storto’, (‘the twisted one’), the 170 meter structure has been renamed the ‘generali tower’ after the insurance firm who will occupy the building. Get Your First SmartRock Concrete Sensor for…

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