The CONCRETE Times • FEB 2015 New monthly columnist - jay shilstone 35 content (including some of my own!). 6) Life-365, Texas Concrete Works and Hiperpav – www.life-365.org, www.texasconcreteworks.com and www.hiperpav.com - These free programs can help you understand more about concrete durability, heat build-up and cracking in pavements. When I have doubts about thermal cracking, I run Texas Concrete Works and usually get a fairly close approximation of what will happen in larger sections. Note: As of the publication date, the Texas Concrete Works website is generating errors, but I’m certain it will be back. Hiperpav can help determine the required joint spacing for pavements (and it you stretch it, certain types of slabs on grade). Be prepared to spend some time understanding the software, but if you have a need for information about these areas, these 3 programs can help. 7) Material supplier and association sites Especially admix, cement, fly ash and others with technical information about their products or associations with information available about local technical and training options. 8) British Ready Mixed Concrete Association and European Ready Mixed Concrete Organization – www. brmca.org.uk and www.ermco.eu – I have to double-dip on these. They weren’t in my original top 10, but since I discovered them I keep going back for more of the free articles on EN-206 and quality control. While they don’t fit my U.S. background they help me understand how to fit in with the rest of the world. 9) TED – www.ted.com – TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design. While this isn’t really concrete-related, I feel I need to add it because of the fascinating presentations that are available. Many times I view a presentation that I think will have nothing to do with concrete, but I find inspiration for items that relate to concrete. It is hard to explain, so I suggest you just check it out. 10) I’ve received a lot of great feedback on my blogsite at www.commandalkonconnect.com. I get well over 1000 hits a week and have had a lot of people say it is one of their “go to” spots for basic concrete technology. While I am nervous about calling it a Top 10 site, you really ought to check it out. So now you know my Top 10 favorite concrete websites. What are your top 3-5 concrete-related websites that you keep going back to, and why do you go back? Leave a message on my blogsite. Until next time, yours, Jay Shilstone.
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