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JAN 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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44 • January 2018 www.concreteproducts.com A group led by Bernhard Capital Partners Management in Baton Rouge, La. has acquired construction materials and infrastructure management specialists Engineering and Testing Services Corp., Oakland, Calif.; Moreland Altobelli Associates, Duluth, Ga.; and, Pavetex Engineering LLC, Lubbock, Texas, combining them under Atlas Techni- cal Consultants. The new entity will provide public and private sector clients with infrastructure engineering, design, program development/ management, acquisition and project con- trol services, plus construction engineering & inspection and materials testing support. Atlas Technical will be one of the larg- est operators of its kind, with 1,000-plus employees in more than 30 offices across 11 states. Major offices are located in Atlanta; Austin, Dallas and Houston; Boise; Honolulu; Portland; Salt Lake City; and, San Francisco. "Atlas Technical Consultants will be a major industry contributor in infrastructure engineering, program management and con- struction inspection & testing and will add significant value," says Bernhard Capital Partner Jeff Jenkins. "We are confident this platform will be a foundation for continued growth and remain excited about our impres- sive pipeline." Bernhard Capital has appointed as Atlas chief executive officer L. Joe Boyer, who brings nearly 30 years of experience leading firms in solving complex infrastructure chal- lenges in new build, recovery and resiliency scenarios for federal, public and private cli- ents. He most recently headed Atkins North America, a design, engineering and project management consultancy under Montre- al-based SNC-Lavalin. ACI AIMS TO BUILD GLOBAL CONCRETE KNOWLEDGE An expanded American Concrete Institute scope reflecting a proactive approach to global stan- dards advocacy is embodied in a revised mission statement: "ACI develops, disseminates, and advances the adoption of consensus-based knowledge on concrete and its uses." An indispensible resource for individ- uals and organizations involved in concrete design and construction the world over, ACI has long focused on knowledge development and dissemination. Through the expanded mis- sion, it will now dedicate additional resources and effort to advance adoption of its con- sensus-based knowledge—ultimately helping practitioners manage increasing requirements for concrete design and construction. The new mission reflects what ACI Exec- utive Vice President Ronald Burg, P.E. calls a transformational change. "While our member experts will continue to use our consen- sus-based process to develop standards based on new research, global best practices, and innovative technologies, we are building a new infrastructure that will increase global adop- tion of this state-of-the art information," he affirms. Recent efforts include partnering with the Saudi Arabia-based Gulf Cooperation Coun- cil Standardization Organization to develop a Gulf Building Code based on ACI 318, Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete. Similarly, the Institute has been working with stakeholders to translate ACI 318 and other documents for use in Vietnam. It continues to work with the International Code Council to ensure that concrete design and repair provisions are adequately referenced in the International Building Code and Inter- national Existing Building Code. Domestically, staff and members continue to work with state and local jurisdictions to reference the Insti- tute's standards. DECORATIVE CONCRETE COUNCIL MARKS MILESTONE The American Society of Concrete Contractors' Decorative Concrete Council will celebrate its 20 th year in 2018. Representing contractors that install and finish decorative concrete, manufacturers and other stakeholders, the mission of the DCC is to "Advance Decorative Concrete Contractors through Education and Networking." Members of ASCC can choose to join the DCC for no additional fee and have the added benefit of Society resources, expertise and reputation. "The DCC is the only professional organization dedicated to focusing on the issues, trends and work of the decorative concrete industry, and to meeting the needs of contractors who pursue this specialty market," says ASCC Decorative Concrete Specialist Todd Scharich. DCC membership, he adds, includes benefits specifically tai- lored to decorative-concrete practitioners: professional safety program; telephone hotline providing answers to technical ques- tions on decorative concrete design and construction; an annual international awards program showcasing the best in decorative and architectural concrete projects; and, opportunities to net- work with leading decorative concrete contractors, consultants and suppliers. The Council will kick-off its 20th year in Las Vegas with a reception on January 22, the eve of 2018 World of Concrete. BRIEFS ACTIVITIES & APPOINTMENTS

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