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26 The Root Causes of
Poor Communication
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government affairs
44 View from Capitol Hill:
State of Play of U.S. Infrastructure

During the 2016 presidential election cycle, the
ready mixed concrete industry was heartened
by the serious talk by both candidates of
federal infrastructure investment. Yet, for all the
agreement on the importance of an infrastructure
package, there is little consensus on what it
should be or how it should be paid for.

Most teams say that good communication
is the reason for their success and
poor communication is the reason for
their failures. But often what the team
believes to be a "communication" issue is
actually a symptom of the real problem -
or root cause. By understanding root
causes, you can effectively work to
solve underlying issues and lead
your team to success.
SUE DYER

nrmca in focus
18 2017 National Ready Mixed
Concrete Association Fleet
Benchmarking and Costs Survey

The NRMCA Fleet Benchmarking and
Costs Survey was established to provide
concrete producers with information
to evaluate and benchmark ready
mixed concrete fleet maintenance and
utilization. The survey was developed
and responses analyzed by the NRMCA
Operations, Environmental and Safety
(OES) Committee. Fleet operating
statistics are measured to quantify
current performance and to plan and
budget for future improvements,
whether it's downsizing to meet
current demand levels or buying to
meet current and future challenges.

40 Engineering:
Specifying for Performance

This article is an advisory to the engineer
to minimize prescriptive requirements and
to consider performance alternatives for
concrete mixtures in project specifications.

NRMCA GOVERNMENT
AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT

innovations in building
30 Insulating Concrete Forms for
Commercial Construction

Insulating Concrete Forms, or ICFs for short,
combine two well-established building products,
reinforced concrete for strength and durability
and expanded polystyrene insulation for
energy efficiency. In this article, we'll focus
on commercial applications, including offices,
schools, retail and institutional buildings.
LIONEL LEMAY, PE, SE, LEED AP,
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT,
STRUCTURES AND SUSTAINABILITY,
NRMCA AND TIEN PENG, ASSOCIATE
AIA, LEED AP+, PMP, VICE PRESIDENT,
SUSTAINABILITY, CODES AND
STANDARDS, NRMCA

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From the President's Desk
Corporate Suite
Enviroscene
2017 Service & Supply Buyers' Guide
2017 Products & Services
Suppliers Guide
53 Index of Advertisers

COLIN LOBO, PH.D., P.E., NRMCA
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT,
ENGINEERING AND KARTHIK OBLA,
PH.D., P.E., FACI, NRMCA VICE
PRESIDENT, TECHNICAL SERVICES

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Fleet Benchmarking and Costs Survey

OC13

Engineering: Specifying for Performance

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Concrete inFocus - Fall 2017

From the President’s Desk
Corporate Suite
Enviroscene
2017 National Ready Mixed Concrete Association Fleet Benchmarking and Costs Survey
The Root Causes of Poor Communication
Insulating Concrete Forms for Commercial Construction
Engineering: Specifying for Performance
View from Capitol Hill: State of Play of U.S. Infrastructure
2017 Service & Supply Buyers’ Guide
2017 Products & Services Suppliers Guide
Index of Advertisers
Concrete inFocus - Fall 2017 - Intro
Concrete inFocus - Fall 2017 - bellyband1
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Concrete inFocus - Fall 2017 - From the President’s Desk
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Concrete inFocus - Fall 2017 - Corporate Suite
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Concrete inFocus - Fall 2017 - 13
Concrete inFocus - Fall 2017 - Enviroscene
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Concrete inFocus - Fall 2017 - 17
Concrete inFocus - Fall 2017 - 2017 National Ready Mixed Concrete Association Fleet Benchmarking and Costs Survey
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Concrete inFocus - Fall 2017 - 25
Concrete inFocus - Fall 2017 - The Root Causes of Poor Communication
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Concrete inFocus - Fall 2017 - 28
Concrete inFocus - Fall 2017 - 29
Concrete inFocus - Fall 2017 - Insulating Concrete Forms for Commercial Construction
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Concrete inFocus - Fall 2017 - Engineering: Specifying for Performance
Concrete inFocus - Fall 2017 - 41
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Concrete inFocus - Fall 2017 - 43
Concrete inFocus - Fall 2017 - View from Capitol Hill: State of Play of U.S. Infrastructure
Concrete inFocus - Fall 2017 - 45
Concrete inFocus - Fall 2017 - 46
Concrete inFocus - Fall 2017 - 2017 Service & Supply Buyers’ Guide
Concrete inFocus - Fall 2017 - 48
Concrete inFocus - Fall 2017 - 49
Concrete inFocus - Fall 2017 - 50
Concrete inFocus - Fall 2017 - 2017 Products & Services Suppliers Guide
Concrete inFocus - Fall 2017 - 52
Concrete inFocus - Fall 2017 - Index of Advertisers
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