Concrete Products

NOV 2018

Concrete Products covers the issues that attract producers of ready mixed and manufactured concrete focusing on equipment and material technology, market development and management topics.

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20 • November 2018 NEWS SCOPE CONSTRUCTION Saxonburg, Pa.-based Brayman Construction and its affiliate, Advanced Construction Robotics, took first place and a $10,000 prize in the inaugural Associated General Contractors of America-Autodesk Innovation Awards program for an autonomous rebar-tying robot geared to bridge construction. The TyBot device ties continuously day or night, and takes over after construction crews carry, place and frame-in 10 percent of deck rebar. Advanced Construction Robotics officials state that the system improves workplace safety, enhances productivity, and reduces sched- uling risks. TyBot can be assembled in half a shift or less with only two laborers and a crane operator (approximately 1 to 4 hours depend- ing on bridge width). It only requires a quality control technician to operate, and is capable of tying alternating-intersection patterns as well as all-intersection patterns, meeting the specifications of multi- ple project owners and DOTs. There are currently five TyBot systems in operation, notes the manufacturer, with more currently in production. In addition to Brayman, AGC Oregon-Columbia chapter was named second place winner ($5,000 prize) for its Educator Externship Pro- gram, created to help address the industry's workforce shortage challenges. Sundt Construction in Tucson, Ariz., took third place ($2,500) for developing an electronic toolkit to help streamline the construction estimation process. "Construction firms like th[ese] have the skill, ingenuity and determination to overcome any challenge" and "provde what dedi- cated construction professionals can accomplish," says AGC President Eddie Stewart, chief executive officer of Montgomery, Alabama-based Caddell Construction. The AGC-Autodesk Innovation Awards were launched to inspire construction stakeholders to craft solutions to pressing industry challenges, he adds. Developer of rebar-tying robot takes top AGC-Autodesk award This summer R.S. Audley, Inc. used the TyBot to help construct the new Route 102 bridge over I-93 near Derry, N.H. PHOTO: Advanced Construction Robotics

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