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Product Category Rules for Manufactured Concrete and Concrete Masonry Products Released Following months of development, the Product Category Rules (PCR) for Manufactured Concrete and Concrete Masonry Products has been released by ASTM International. This PCR, developed by an industry stake – holder group of producers, suppliers, users and consultants, provides the requirements for performing Life Cycle Analysis and developing Environmental Product Declarations for concrete masonry units (CMU), segmental retaining walls, manufactured stone veneer units and other products. To obtain a copy of this document, visit A similar PCR for concrete paving units is under development and is expected to be released in 2015.

Robotic Bricklayer on the Job in VA The Barracks Complex Phase II for Advanced Individual Training (AIT) in Fort Lee VA has Construction Robotics’ bricklaying robot SAM, short for Semi-Automated Mason, working with masons from Manning Construction, mason contractor from Highland Springs VA. SAM is a high-level producer that will bring young, educated, technically-skilled workers to the masonry industry and a new tool of the trade. Once programmed, it is able to lift brick from the work platform, butter it with mortar and lay it into veneer wall coursing. Human bricklayers work alongside SAM performing detail work, tooling the joints, going around openings and for all the other tasks that masons accomplish.

TMS Professors Workshop With the support of industry sponsors, The Masonry Society will present the 2015 University Professors Masonry Workshop (UPMW) in State College PA from March 8-10, 2015. Dr Ali Memari, professor at PSU and director of the Pennsylvania Housing Research Center, will serve as the workshop host. Leading masonry experts and professors will present topics on the Use of Masonry Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow; Masonry Materials; Masonry Performance; Sustain ability of Masonry; Structural Design of Masonry with an Overview of Code Updates; Constructability issues and many more topics. Separate breakout sessions will be offered for architecture and engineering faculty related to teaching masonry at the University Level. A session on Innovative Approaches to Masonry Education will be presented. For details on educational offerings and speakers, visit

Beldens Receive 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award The Belden Brick Company’s fourth generation leaders, William H Belden (Bill) and Robert F Belden (Bob) will receive the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of the Brick Industry Association. The award honors “outstanding individuals who have – for a minimum of 25 years – given substantially of them selves throughout their career to the advancement and betterment of the clay brick industry.” The Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented at the Brick Industry Association Board, Councils, and Committees Spring Meeting in April.

Both men have been with the 130-year-old The Belden Brick Company since the early 1980s and maintain the company’s status as the quality leader in the brick industry for both commercial and residential brick products. It is the sixth largest manufacturer of brick, as well as the largest family owned and managed brick company on a national scale.

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