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APR 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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www.concreteproducts.com April 2018 • 11 With a purse up to $75,000 divided among five finalists, the U.S. Bureau of Rec- lamation has launched a two-stage competition seeking innovative methods to detect leaks and flaws in buried pipelines—primarily 48-in. and larger prestressed concrete cylinder or steel pipe—that convey water for municipal, industrial, and agricultural uses. Currently, no practical method exists to detect leaks and flaws in large diameter water pipelines, agency officials note, resulting in the loss of billions of gallons annually. Detecting leaks and flaws early is the key to solving the problem and preventing the loss of valuable and scarce resources, they contend. The agency and its collaborators are seeking methods and technologies that can reliably and easily locate points of loss in operating, pressurized water pipeline infrastructure regardless of size, depth of burial, pipe material or interior lining. Proposed solutions must be cost-effective and scalable to pipelines with lengths of approximately 100 miles. Solutions meeting the criteria could have potential benefits for BuRec and its water users, plus state or local municipal water utilities and their customers. The agency's water conveyance system includes over 20,000 miles of buried pipelines made of concrete, metal, plastic and composites. Pipeline components, such as joints, fittings, valves, and individual pipe sections, are subject to leakage due to damage, corrosion, and other types of degradation. The BuRec competition will consist of a theoretical challenge requiring a written proposal, followed by proof-of-concept in a laboratory-scale demonstration. The agency is partnering with Denver Water, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, San Diego County Water Authority, Southern California Metropolitan Water District and Southern Nevada Water Authority on the program and accepting submissions through May 8. Additional information on the competition and submissions can be obtained at www.usbr.gov. COMPETITION TARGETS PIPELINE PERFORMANCE GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS INFRASTRUCTURE PERFORMANCE AND PRICE NOT A PIPE DREAM ANYMORE visit martin-eng.com call 855.394.4885 email vibration@martin-eng.com ® Registered trademark of Martin Engineering Company in the US and other select locations. © 2018 Martin Engineering Company. Additional information can be obtained at www.martin-eng.com/trademarks and www.martin-eng.com/patents. A GLOBAL FAMILY NEW! NEW! MB36-3000 Optimally-Sized Heavy-Duty Precast Vibrators ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ New Lower Price Factory Direct Optimally Sized 3-Year Warranty • Faster Delivery • Dependable Performance • 3600 RPM • Latest Technology Fully interchangeable OEM retrofi ts for major manufacturers. Exclusive Factory-Direct Offer: Buy 5 vibrators get 1 FREE! Offer good until 6/1/2018. Order today & mention code "6-Pack Special"

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