Concrete Products

JUN 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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28 • June 2018 www.concreteproducts.com BRIEFS ACTIVITIES & APPOINTMENTS ORGANIZATIONS The American Concrete Institute has provided the ACI Foundation with an addi- tional $360,000, earmarked for funding research in collaboration with the work of ACI committees. The one-time contribution follows ACI's commitment in 2017 to up ACI Foundation support by providing $500,000 of annual mission funding and fully cover- ing all operational expenses. "This additional contribution will increase the ACI Foundation's capacity to fund much-needed research," says ACI Executive Vice President Ron Burg. "When coupled with funding from new and exist- ing industry partners, the research projects to be funded are guaranteed to improve ACI's technical knowledge and make our world stronger and safer." Concrete pumping contractor Brund- age-Bone has broadened its Rockies and Southwest market presence with the acquisition of O'Brien Concrete Pumping Inc., serving Col- orado and Arizona residential and commercial customers with a fleet upwards of 70 machines. "O'Brien is a highly respected business known for its excellent service levels and equipment," says Brundage-Bone CEO Bruce Young. "Richard O'Brien is a true pioneer and visionary in our industry, and we look forward to being proud stewards of his outstanding business." "O'Brien is another strategically significant addition to Brundage-Bone as part of the compa- ny's disciplined growth strategy. We will continue to support Bruce and his team as they identify highly regarded concrete pumping businesses that can expand Brundage-Bone's footprint and deepen its service offering," affirms Matt Homme, Managing Director of Peninsula Pacific, the contractor's majority investor. "The acquisition strengthens Brund- age-Bone's presence in Colorado and Arizona, and is an excellent example of the company's CSI STRENGTHENS BIM, MASTERFORMAT LINKS To better integrate project specs, building products and technology tools, the Construc- tion Specifications Institute has launched an initiative to expand its industry standard orga- nizing principles to work more effectively with Building Information Modeling and support design and construction professionals' digital needs. CSI Project Dynamo is a pilot program to expand the North American MasterFormat, Uniformat, and Omniclass standards and create a more robust connection between them and BIM objects. "The focus is to ensure that data is accu- rate, timely and available when and where it is needed throughout the lifecycle of a project," says CSI CEO Mark Dorsey. "Proj- ect Dynamo will consult with subject-matter experts, industry associations and Construction Specifications Canada to create the pathway towards improved workflow to ensure we keep pace with the rapidly evolving digital world." "CSI is founded on the principle of working across the spectrum of a project—from own- ership, through design to construction and facility management—and serving the industry by meeting those broad and inter-connected needs," adds Chairman Ron Geren. "Because of this interdisciplinary approach, CSI can ensure the capabilities envisioned for this project serve the entire industry." MasterFormat, Uniformat and Omniclass are used by tens of thousands of architectural/ engineering/construction professionals glob- ally, and embedded in a wide range of design and project software. 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