World Record Concrete Pour In L.A. Started with Planning PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 10 April 2014 10:40

If you went for a walk in downtown Los Angeles Saturday afternoon the 15th of February you may have heard a wonderful sound, swoosh click, swoosh click, swoosh click a steady synchronous rhythm repeated over and over.

It is a great and reassuring sound, the sound of concrete moving through a 5 inch pipeline on a concrete pump boom. Every stroke more concrete going into what was to become a “World Record Continuous Concrete Pour.”

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Have a Safety Plan When Dealing with Government PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 10 April 2014 10:37

“No matter how cynical you get, it’s impossible to keep up.”
Lily Tomlin

Safety is something we all try to practice in our business as well as our personal life. Being safe can involve costs and sometimes hardship as well.

By now you have invested as required to be compliant in the CARB rules. As of January this year you documented your fleet and planed for the investments to stay compliant as well as grow your business. The current timeline from CARB is out to 2023. The CARB has an emissions goal to 2050; they have not formed any regulations. You are “safe” from the CARB until 2023 – maybe.

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LA construction crews aim for largest continuous concrete pour PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 18 February 2014 11:18

Largest Pour Cham640

February 15, 2014: Crews pour concrete to lay the foundation for the New Wilshire Grand building in a record attempt for the largest continuous concrete pour in history in downtown Los Angeles. The marathon pour is expected to last 20 hours without interruption. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)


 

LOS ANGELES –  Crews began pouring concrete Saturday to lay the foundation for the tallest building to be constructed west of the Mississippi -- and they're hoping it's one for the history books.

The marathon concrete pour was expected to last 20 hours without interruption. The attempt will be verified by an official from Guinness World Records.

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ACPA Will No Longer Accept Recertification Tests After February 15 PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 14 February 2014 10:26

Phase I of the changes to ACPA Operator Certification Program will begin with the elimination of the Recertification test on February 15, 2014.

After this date, all operators are required to take the Certification Test each time their certifications are due to expire.

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A Dry, Dark, Green View of California PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 14 February 2014 10:24

“Whoever desires constant success must change his conduct with the times.” - Niccolo Machiavelli

I drove to Las Vegas for World of Concrete from Sacramento along SR 99 in January. On road trips I like to look at the contractor rental yards and dealer displays as what they have and how much gives some indication of what they project for the coming year their customers will want.

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New Year Start PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 09 January 2014 00:00

“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”— Albert Einstein.

As I write this an assortment of trust fund recipients and poseur researchers are awaiting rescue from their delusions. They are stranded in ice in the Antarctic! The voyage of discovery was intended to find a tropical paradise as per their theology of man-made global warming. So far the only discovery they report is the finite supply of vodka, caviar and arugula and they have grown bored.

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2014 - An Auspicious Year? PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 11 December 2013 08:27

It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory.
W. Edwards Deming

This time year is usually set aside to ponder the future. I would offer some thoughts on what the coming year may bring regarding the concrete pumping industry in California.

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Trick or Treat PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 09 October 2013 12:20

I would like to talk about two pagan institutions in California. Both require disguises, deception and hocus pocus, both have consequences for participating or not. Both bring up images of a happier time and are enveloped in a world of childish fantasy.

One is Halloween and the other is the California Air Resources Board (CARB). Chances are if you participate in Halloween you will receive some sweet treats. No such thing should be anticipated with CARB, with the exception of electric cars, windmills and solar panels manufacturers.

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