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NRC program to focus on concrete infrastructure


December 5, 2013
By Rock to Road

December 5, 2013, Toronto, Ont. – The National Research
Council announces four new research programs, one of which will focus on
concrete infrastructure.

December 5, 2013, Toronto, Ont. – The National Research
Council announces four new research programs, one of which will focus on
concrete infrastructure.

"Canada is on track to become one of the largest
urbanization markets in the world by 2020," said Dr. Morad Atif, General
Manager of the Construction portfolio at the National Research Council, to
manufacturers, builders, building owners and engineering firms at Construct
Canada in Toronto. "At NRC, we provide an agile business environment and
research and technology-based solutions to address the industry's specific
needs for high performance buildings and infrastructure."

The new research programs will make it possible to extend
the lifespan of Canada's 75,000 highway concrete bridges, construct economical
and safe 5- to 12-storey wood buildings, and retrofit buildings such as offices,
retail stores and schools to significantly reduce energy consumption.

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The National Research Council will use its expertise in
concrete infrastructure to help industry develop and validate performance
materials and structural systems to extend the service life of bridges and
reduce the life cycle operation and maintenance costs of both new and existing
bridges. NRC will provide industry with strategic research, technical services,
and large and full-scale demonstrations for high performance concrete and
composite materials and reliable condition assessment technology.