On the brink of failure: what will it take to re-build the United
VANCOUVER, June 11, 2014 /CNW/ - When a student comes home during term
review and exposes a GPA falling in the D range, panic often ensues—
something has gone wrong, something needs to be corrected. Their grade,
like all grades, serves as a signal that drastic action must be taken
to re-build their academic standing.
Every four years the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) releases
its own version of a report card, and in 2013 the nation's
infrastructure earned a D+ (poor) GPA. A disconcerting grade,
considering the eminent and progressive civil construction schemas that
America was once home to.
Beginning in the 1980s serious concern arose as to the dilapidated state
of America's roadways, tunnels, bridges, dams, waterways, and energy
systems, but economic and political conditions have continuously
inhibited would-be plans and progress.
Financing gargantuan, inter-jurisdictional projects, such as wide-scale
infrastructure re-development is a challenging prospect, especially
when the estimated cost of upgrades, according to the ASCE, will
require a $3.6 trillion investment within the next six years.
Often, desperation and necessity are the harbinger of innovation. As
vital transport and communication networks continue to crack and
crumble, innovative financing schemes are being generated, and when
mass-scale infrastructure projects become solvent entire markets will
re-arrange, as they help allocate the industrial construction materials
that will assist in re-defining a nation.
As the logistical climate improves, with relation to large
infrastructure projects, it will take sound leadership, financial
innovation, and public demand to raise the capital necessary to
re-build that which is faltering.
Various financing options, such as tolling, public-private partnerships,
a National Infrastructure Bank and programs that encourage private
investment, such as TIFIA, its new counterpart WIFIA, and the revival
of the Build America Bonds program, are only bolstered by public
support and the will of governmental leaders to address the issue of
Recently, John K. Delaney, of Maryland's 6th Congressional District
co-wrote an article entitled, Crumbling U.S. Infrastructure Needs Money. Delaney has proposed a bill to congress entitled, The Partnership to
Build America Act, which is designed to aid in the rebuilding of, "our
infrastructure in a fiscally responsible way,"… and "is a private
sector driven solution to our public infrastructure needs." Currently,
the bill has strong bipartisan support in Congress with 32 Democratic
and 32 Republican cosponsors in the House, and seven Republican and six
Democratic cosponsors in the Senate.
Concrete's second coming, developing a HSC (high-strength cement using
Since the adoption of modern environmental standards, the production of
concrete has been blighted due to the high amount of emissions it
generates. Fortunately, alternatives do exist, ones that not only
mitigate the environmental consequences of concrete, but also make it a
more durable, stronger, and longer-lasting construction implement.
This is done through the addition of pozzolanic materials to concrete
mixtures. Most recently the 8-20% addition of metakaolin to Portland
Cement, an essential ingredient in concrete, has increased kaolin's
domestic and international demand. Metakaolin as an additive produces a
highly attractive compound that demonstrates increased strength and
durability, reduced permeability, all the while decreasing the weight
and acid resistance of finished products. In addition, when added to
primary ingredients, metakaolin increases the durability and length of
use for surfaces that are subject to extreme wear and tear.
i-Minerals Inc. (TSX.V: IMA; OTCQX: IMAHF) Helmer-Bovill property,
located in North Central Idaho, hosts a variety of coveted industrial
minerals, and has entered advanced stages of exploration as shown in I-Minerals Updated Pre-Feasibility Study. Garnering increased excitement within the market for industrial
minerals is the presence of kaolin, and its by-product metakaolin at
the Helmer-Bovill property. A myriad of applications exist for
metakaolin, but as of late this versatile clay composite is
demonstrating value through its use as a pozzolan within the
manufacture of concrete.
As a result of its attractive and functional qualities, metakaolin is
currently sought throughout markets in Western North America, and the
demand for this additive is expected to increase dramatically, as the
aforementioned infrastructure needs are addressed.
The various qualities of metakaolin, when used as a pozzolan and in
other applications, prime it to be viewed as the epitome of
twenty-first century building materials, for it is being derived from a
local source, thus demonstrating sustainable and economical qualities;
it is an environmental alternative for an industry and economy
attempting to become more green; and it boasts a myriad of properties
that make it superior to conventional pozzolans.
The market is ready, and the financial and political atmosphere is
preparing itself for re-construction on a mass-scale, and with the
right materials this upcoming era could be the one that redefines both
America, and the way nations choose to re-build themselves.
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