The concrete construction industry is a bit fractured, with various factions sometimes cooperating and sometimes competing. And yet we have many common issues that could be addressed jointly in a way that might lead to progress on things like workforce development, productivity, team collaboration, risk management, information-sharing, and quality. But the industry won’t get there unless there are measurable goals and a plan to follow, and that is the objective of a new group that will have its first meeting in January. Tentatively called the Concrete 2029 Plan, the intent will be to bring together all of the factions within the concrete business to define the issues and set goals to be reached over the next 13 years. Peter Emmons, Structural Group, initiated this effort and he has a history of making things happen, so stay tuned.

Is There Enough Fly Ash?

Most people wouldn’t find a magazine titled Ash at Work all that scintillating — I guess that makes me a concrete nerd, because I found the recent issue fascinating. I’ve wondered for the past year or so, since the EPA finally agreed that fly ash should not be classified as hazardous waste, whether there’s really enough available if its use in concrete increases significantly. With the phasing out of coal-fired power plants, where will the ash come from? A new report from the American Coal Ash Association tries to answer that question with assurances that even under the most aggressive phase-out there will still be plenty of ash being collected. Look for more fly ash in your future!

World of Concrete

By the time you receive this magazine, World of Concrete 2016 will be upon us. If you’re planning to attend or considering it, don’t miss our Preshow Planner that describes all of the events, luncheons, demonstrations, and educational sessions at this year’s show. WOC is a beast and very difficult to manage without a plan — the show floor alone could take a couple of days to travel. You can access the Preshow Planner here. Let me know if I can help with anything or if you want to meet with me at the show. See you in Vegas

The Rise and Fall of Moisture-Related Flooring Problems

I’ve been accused of being too focused on moisture-related issues with concrete slabs and I admit that we’ve covered this issue extensively over the past few years. But that’s only because moisture has created huge problems for the slabs industry, including decorative concrete. Now, as Peter Craig tells us, it may be time to put this behind us since new materials and approaches are making moisture-related problems a thing of the past, at least for new slabs. That’s good for the industry but maybe bad for moisture consultants!