Roads & Bridges » Due to the collapse of a newly installed pedestrian bridge built with accelerated bridge construction (ABC) methods at FIU, questions have been raised regarding the construction methods done on the bridge. Experienced professionals within the ABC realm are weighing in on their perspective of the incident as it relates to accelerated construction methods.
Press & Sun Bulletin » Within three years, Binghamton University and Rutgers University researchers hope to perfect a fungus — rather than a bacteria — that will organically heal cracks that develop in concrete. Moisture that seeps in would germinate the fungus, which would create mineral deposits that could fill cracks even larger than those used in the bacteria experiments.
Construction Connect » A new bridge will be built in California this summer. That’s hardly earth-shattering news. But this one will be different. Thanks to the work of researchers at Purdue University, this bridge will use concrete that has been infused with microscopic-sized nanocrystals from wood. The idea is that the nanocrystals will make the concrete stronger so that less of it is needed.
KTBS » This process is called the Precast Reinforced Concrete Pavement whereby the pavement is cast in another location. This is the first time the process has been tried in the State of Louisiana, but the Federal Highway Administration has had success with the process in other parts of the country.