August 2006 Table of Contents

EDITORIAL COMMENT
Concrete: 1956 to 2006 Editorial Comment Concrete: 1956 to 2006

Fifty years ago or fifty years from now, concrete has and will require knowledge to be done right. Read more

FEATURES
Concrete Configurations Features Concrete Configurations

Over the past fifty years, concrete formwork has evolved considerably. We take a look back at the history of concrete forms. Read more

Focus on Pervious Concrete Features Focus on Pervious Concrete

Motivated by the need to control the runoff of rainwater, developers and building owners are considering using pervious for parking lots, driveways, and even residential subdivision streets. Pervious is fairly simple, but it's far from foolproof; when designed and built without knowledge of the proper techniques, it can and has failed. Read more

Superb Smoothness in North Dakota Features Superb Smoothness in North Dakota

Hector International Airport's new runway is exceptionally smooth, thanks to three key factors that were followed: designing the mix to match the paver, mixing consistently, and keeping a constant head of concrete in front of the paver. Read more

Top 10 Myths in Concrete Construction Features Top 10 Myths in Concrete Construction

Myths and misconceptions are rampant in the concrete construction business. In this article, we take a revealing look at ten popular, but completely wrong, myths that still make the rounds in concrete construction. Read more

Options for Forming Elevated Slabs Features Options for Forming Elevated Slabs

Formwork is a large part of any cast-in-place concrete job, and projects with elevated slabs require a lot of formwork. Fortunately, selecting the most appropriate system can help minimize formwork costs. To do that, the contractor must understand the different forming systems available today and must weigh a number of factors as they apply to the particular job. Read more

READER RESPONSE
Reader Response Perfect Vision

It's amazing to me how little the average person knows about concrete. So your June editorial “Perfect Vision” was just the ray of hope I was looking for. Read more

Reader Response Rebar vs. WWR

The article “Concrete California Style,” in the June issue is a very interesting study on placing reinforcing steel in concrete. Read more

NEWS & EVENTS
News & Events New division combines expertise, know-how of two strong players

In July BASF completed its acquisition of the Degussa AG Global Construction Chemicals business, which includes Degussa Construction Chemicals (Master Builders). Read more

OSHA unveils new Web page for concrete industry News & Events OSHA unveils new Web page for concrete industry

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a new page on the agency's Web site that provides web-based assistance for employers and employees in the concrete products industry. Read more

News & Events University of Wisconsin–Madison takes first place in 2006 National Concrete Canoe Competition

The University of Wisconsin-Madison captured their fourth straight Concrete Canoe title at Oklahoma State University, defeating entries from 22 other top engineering schools from across the country. Read more

Leader and Mentor Dies News & Events Leader and Mentor Dies

Steven H. Gebler, senior principal engineer, Materials Consulting Services, CTLGroup, died at home on June 22, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was 61 years old. Read more

ERLIN & HIME ON CONCRETE
Age Does Count—One Way or Another Hime & Erlin On Concrete Age Does Count—One Way or Another

One of our major goals for concrete performance at acceptable maintenance costs is the projected longevity--work that ages well without showing those tell-tale signs of age. Read more

TILT-UP
Finishes for tilt-up panels Tilt-Up Finishes for tilt-up panels

Today's owners are looking for upfront economics, security, flexibility, and long-term durability. Completing the wish list is the owner's interest in a building that will represent the quality that they offer and become a statement in their area. There is no doubt that site cast tilt-up concrete answers an owner's requirements. Read more

SAFETY MATTERS
Are We as Strong as We Think? Safety Matters Are We as Strong as We Think?

Every major muscle group is used repeatedly in most construction jobs, and used in a less than ideal workout environment. After three weeks of struggling to keep up and berating myself for not increasing my strength training when I had a chance, I decided to approach my job from a personal training point of view. Read more

DECORATIVE CONCRETE
Problem Clinic Decorative Problem Clinic

Stamped concrete and pool popouts are the topic of this month's problem clinic. Read more

Newlook Decorative Concrete Newlook

The latest in decorative concrete products. Read more

Concrete stains go green Concrete stains go green

The latest in decorative concrete products. Read more

Using Metakaolin in Decorative Concrete Mixes Decorative Concrete Using Metakaolin in Decorative Concrete Mixes

Derived from kaolin clays mined specifically for the purpose, metakaolin is used as an ingredient in several manufactured products. Metakaolin reacts with CH to create a supplementary cementitious material with high strength leading to concrete that is more dense and less permeable. Read more

JOBSITE PRODUCTS
Form release agents Jobsite Products Form release agents

The latest in form release agents. Read more

PRODUCTS SOLVING PROBLEMS
Lightweight Forms for Parking Structure Products Solving Problems Lightweight Forms for Parking Structure

Washington University, a mid-sized university in St. Louis, Mo., is building a new six-story parking garage to ease parking for its 13,300 students and 3000 staff members. Read more

Products Solving Problems Recapturing a Hand-Set Market

Shepler's, a major formwork supplier in Texas, was looking to improve its performance in the small hand-set formwork market, but the sales staff was unable to bid small jobs due to the increased sophistication of the market. Read more

Europe's Tallest Tower Products Solving Problems Europe's Tallest Tower

After years of planning, construction of a prominent building in Russia has begun. Read more

PROBLEM CLINIC
Testing SCC in the Field Problem Clinic Testing SCC in the Field

Questions about field tests for SCC are answered. Read more

Problem Clinic Decorative Problem Clinic

Stamped concrete and pool popouts are the topic of this month's problem clinic. Read more

CONTRACTOR TO WATCH
Speed Fab-Crete Contractor to Watch Speed Fab-Crete

The company was started in the early 1960s as a spin off of Dave Bloxom Construction Company, which was my father's company. Read more

WOMEN IN CONCRETE
A Special Person Women in Concrete A Special Person

Women in Concrete brings you stories about women who are making a difference in the concrete industry. This month, we bring you Lynne Woodworth, president and CEO of Stone Construction Equipment. Read more

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