Roller-compacted concrete (RCC) got its start in the 1970s, when the Canadian logging industry switched to environmentally cleaner, land-based log-sorting methods. The industry needed a strong pavement to stand up to massive loads and specialized equipment, according to the Cement Association of Canada (CAC). Yet economy was equally important: log-sorting yards can span 40 acres (16 hectares) or more. RCC met this challenge and has since expanded to other heavy-duty applications.
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Cement Industry Applauds Impact of Federal Budget, Underscores Importance of Planned and New Infrastructure
The Cement Association of Canada (CAC) has applauded the release of Budget 2015. Released on April 21, 2015 by the Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister of Finance, the Budget indicates that several billion dollars have successfully been invested in critical infrastructure projects across Canada. The CAC took the opportunity to highlight the critical importance of infrastructure investments in boosting the competitiveness and growth of the private sector, both of which it says are critical to the continued economic recovery and job creation, and applauds the federal government's continued action to encourage productivity-enhancing investments by providing an extended tax incentive until the end of 2025.
The Cement Association of Canada (CAC) is welcoming the B.C. government's efforts to improve the Province's carbon tax. The B.C. Carbon Tax is applied only to domestically produced cement while imported cement from the US and Asia is exempt, resulting in net losses to both the B.C. economy and the broader fight to reduce GHGs. With local manufacturers facing higher costs under the carbon tax, cement imports from jurisdictions without a carbon policy have risen significantly, as have the GHGs associated with transporting that cement from foreign markets.
Concrete has long been a sustainable material for building safe, resilient, and cost-effective communities. Roadways and structures made from concrete reduce energy demands, are long-lasting, require less maintenance, and save taxpayers money.
The Cement Association of Canada is pleased that the Ontario government has maintained in its 2012 budget its commitment to spend $35 billion over the next 3 years on infrastructure.
Concrete is like putty in the hands of an architect or engineer. It’s easy to manipulate. It can take any shape, turn any colour, mimic any texture, span great distances and weather any storm. This interesting description by the Cement Association of Canada really reinforces the versatility and unique characteristics of concrete. This month we take a look at some stunning ways that concrete has been used in Canada recently. Andrew Vizer describes the use of jet-grouting for the Olympic Village project in Vancouver (page 12).