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 …

Subsurface Utility Engineering Requirements

Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE) is the overall aspect of mapping underground utilities including pipelines and cable lines to help aid in the design on a site. This complicated process uses geophysics, civil engineering, surveying, and often three-dimensional underground imaging radar. The amount of detail that SUE has stored must be accurate. The SUE remains on file for years and can …

American Concrete Institute (ACI)

The American Concrete Institute, or ACI, is a society for concrete education and standard development for the concrete industry. It works to maintain and update American concrete standards. It has chapters located all over the U.S. and the world including Canada, France, and Saudi Arabia. The ACI headquarters is located in Farmington Hills, Michigan. History of Organization The idea for ACI …

European Concrete Standards

European Concrete Standards

Concrete is made up of three main components: water, cement, and aggregate (a mixture of rock, sand, and gravel). When these three components are mixed, chemical reactions within the cement acts as a strong binding agent to hold the entire mixture together. In Europe, the EU and local governments have set specific standards that concrete manufacturers must meet before it …

Famous Concrete Structures

Concrete is a durable, enduring composite building material that has been around for a startling amount of time. For example, the remains of over 8,000-year-old concrete floors, houses, and water cisterns have been discovered in Syria and Jordan – some of which are still standing. While the general composition of modern-day concrete often differs from its ancient equivalents, there are …

Over 100 Years of Portland Cement

Portland cement may be one the most important materials ever manufactured by man. It is the principal ingredient of concrete, the world’s most widely used building material. Annual global production of concrete exceeds 5 billion cubic yards. Invented and patented by Joseph Aspdin from Leeds, England in 1824, the history of Portland cement can be traced back to the ancient …