How to Pour Concrete Over Utility Lines

Around 200 years ago we began placing utility lines underground in the US. Hence, underground utilities construction services are often required when pouring commercial concrete. These commercial services assist with site utilities such as storm sewers, stormwater retention, water main, and sanitary systems. Contacting a professional for utility line construction projects also saves time, energy, and money while ensuring the …

History of Public Works and Sewer Construction

Clean water is critical to life. History demonstrates that the most successful civilizations had intricate water and drainage systems in place. The Romans, Greeks, and Egyptians all erected what are considered today very advanced and practical sewer systems. Early Sewer Systems The Romans were particularly adept at engineering. They dug drainage canals and constructed aqueducts to provide clean water to …

Self-Consolidating Concrete Applications

When it comes to concrete, consistent texture and density are paramount to durability, longevity, and performance. There have been many developments in the consolidation of concrete, and now, many contractors use self-consolidating concrete. Self-consolidating concrete, often abbreviated to SCC, has many features that maximize efficiency in the construction process. For instance, it’s unnecessary to vibrate or tamp it after pouring. …

Concrete Curbing Machines and Pouring Methods

Curbs are everywhere. A well-made curb is something you never notice until you’re in the position to hire a contractor for curb wall construction. Normally, curbs are a part of the backdrop of our public spaces, and we only notice their design when it’s poor. A concrete curb construction company must consider many factors. The curbs and gutters must be …

What is Fine Grading Construction?

As you drive through any metropolis or municipality today, you are sure to pass fine grading in progress. You may not have heard its name. When a construction site looks a little like a Zen garden, meticulously leveled and scored with uniform lines, you are looking at fine grading construction. It’s an important early step for almost any construction project. …

Michigan Construction Safety Standards for Concrete

When it comes to quality construction, it is key to find those individuals and businesses that know the proper safety standards for the location state. This way, construction is done right the first time, every time. Adherence to a state safety code also shows a general sense of professionalism in a business, and it is this professionalism that any consumer …

Michigan Concrete Association

The Michigan Concrete Association (MCA) is a voice and a resource for concrete manufacturers, concrete technicians, contractors, and other construction professionals. The MCA was created when the Michigan Concrete Association and the Michigan Concrete Paving Association merged in 2009. The merged MCA consists of about 220 members and works hard to ensure high-quality concrete construction across the state of Michigan. …

Controlling Silica Exposure in Construction

Crystalline silica (CS) is a substance found in nature. It is a component of, among other things, sand, granite and the earth itself. It is also a persistent danger for over two million workers who are exposed to it in 600,000 U.S. workplaces. The construction industry is particularly affected. That’s why the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has strict …

OSHA Concrete Standards

Prior to 1971 accidents in the workplace caused more than 14,000 worker deaths and nearly 2.5 million disabled workers annually. In response, Congress passed the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 and created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requiring U.S. employers to provide safe and healthy working conditions for workers dictated by workplace laws and standards. The …

Seismic Design of Cast-in-Place Concrete Walls

Cast-in-Place (CIP) technology for constructing building walls is more than 100 years old. Thomas Edison was one of the first to recognize its features and benefits. Over the years, new construction methods have developed including forming systems, the use of materials for enhanced insulation, and improved methods for removable forms, most commonly in single-family housing. CIP produces a very strong …