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Focus, Collaboration, and Building The Future: Part 3 of XYZ University’s Whitepaper For The MCAA and MASONRY

Step 4: Be Future Focused  Future-focused companies position themselves for future success by preparing for who and what may come next. Failure to learn about and strive to understand the younger generations quickly makes a company irrelevant.   Millennials came of age during the Great Recession, and the generation to follow – Generation Z – saw …

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Rebuilding From Within

After severe flooding from Hurricane Harvey, the Haine family has a happy home once again.  In August 2017, Hurricane Harvey hit the southern coast of the United States. After four days of heavy rain, the reservoirs to the north and west of Houston were filled to capacity, forcing the Corps of Engineers to perform upstream …

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Case Study: GRS Bridge

New technologies and materials are helping states and local public agencies meet the country’s high demand for infrastructure improvements.  One that’s seen more widespread implementation in recent years facilitates building bridges better and faster while improving maintenance for longer bridge life.  It involves bridge abutments and is known as the geosynthetic reinforced soil integrated bridge …

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Dry Stone Walls – Principles of structurally sound construction

Dry stonewalls, or stonewalls built without the use of mortar, have been around for millennia. There are examples of dry stonewalls and structures that date back 5000 years and are still standing today. Nearly anywhere in the world where stone of suitable sizes was plentiful, walls were built. Dry stonework’s durability and strength is wholly …

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Translation: Painter’s Corner

Artículo para Marzo 2018 – El rincón del pintor para MCAA Magazine Escrito por: Jerry Painter el 02/15/2018 Tema/Pregunta: Apuntalamiento de Muros de Mampostería Espero que todos hayan regresado con bien a casa después de nuestra reunión anual de MCAA en enero. Las competencias, seminarios y reportes anuales fueron excelentes. Es muy bueno ver la …

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Safety: Equipment Inspection

Best practices in masonry contracting do not include waiting until something goes wrong to inspect equipment and machinery. Best practices, OSHA reminds us, take three major components under consideration: manufacturers’ recommendations, good engineering practice, and, of course, applicable OSHA provisions.   Then there are those questions of how often to inspect something:  During each shift? Once …

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