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Proposed Standard addresses inspection of gypsum board.

November 24, 2009

First draft of proposed new standard ASTM WK26072, Practice for Evaluation of Buildings to Identify Corrosive Gypsum Board, was reviewed and edited at task group meeting on November 10 in Atlanta, GA. Participants of task group meeting included consultants, home inspectors, representatives of gypsum industry, and government entities, and all interested parties are invited to participate in ongoing development of WK26072. Read More

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ASTM International offers training class on corrosion testing.

November 24, 2009

Titled Corrosion Testing: Application and Use of Salt Fog, Humidity, Cyclic and Gas Tests, 2-day hands-on training course will provide clear understanding of proper application of ASTM B117, Standard Practice for Operating Salt Spray Apparatus. It will furnish information regarding corrosion testing in general so that attendees will understand significance of salt fog test. Participants will learn how to properly operate salt fog apparatus as well as the whys and hows of salt fog testing. Read More

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ASTM Training Course will focus on rubber testing.

November 24, 2009

"Rubber Testing: Selecting, Performing and Interpreting ASTM Rubber Test Methods" focuses on common rubber test methods currently used in rubber industry. As technical and professional training course, it discusses nature of tests, why they are performed, interpretation of results, and how this information can be used to improve rubber fabrication. This 2-day course, offered on March 10-11 and October 5-6 in Akron, OH, can also be tailored to specific company needs. Read More

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AIA Leadership signs Global Principles of Business Ethics.

November 23, 2009

Member companies of the Executive Committee of AIA's Board of Governors have signed on to Global Principles of Business Ethics for the Aerospace and Defense Industry, setting stage for other companies across industry to join. Endorsed by AIA and Aerospace and Defense Industries Association of Europe, Global Principles address business conduct as it relates to zero tolerance of corruption, use of advisors, management of conflicts of interest, and respect for proprietary information. Read More

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AWWA announces final webcast in fall operator series.

November 23, 2009

On December 16, AWWA will host Hot Topics in Water - What Do They Mean to Me as an Operator webcast, which will offer informative and situational based exercise for operators who are trying to address new information, research, and news as it relates to their role in water industry. Attendees will learn how to identify sources of information and list contact links, communicate when faced with media encounter, and formulate sequence for effective emergency response plan. Read More

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SPie Meeting to show how specifying can benefit businesses.

November 23, 2009

Specifiers Properties information exchange, sponsored by National Institute of Building Sciences, will showcase how common data standard can help designers and specifiers to manage their requirements and select and specify products. Product manufacturers, including GE Lighting, Eaton, BASF, US Gypsum, Wheatland, and others, will show how their products can be distributed using buildingSMART Industry Foundation Classes through software such as Revit and e-SPECS. Read More

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Dr. Nicholas J. Carino receives Walter C. Voss Award.

November 23, 2009

ASTM International's Walter C. Voss Award has been given to Nicholas J. Carino, Ph.D., a concrete technology consultant from Chagrin Falls, Ohio. Award is presented annually to engineer or scientist who has made notable contributions in field of building technology. Carino was honored for his outstanding contributions that have advanced state of knowledge and applications for nondestructive test methods and test methods in general for evaluating performance of concrete. Read More

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ATA reports decline in October passenger demand.

November 23, 2009

ATA reported that passenger revenue, based on sample group of carriers, fell 15% in October 2009 versus same month in 2008. This marks 12th consecutive month in which passenger revenue has declined from prior year, fueled primarily by 11th consecutive month of ticket price declines. Three percent fewer passengers traveled on U.S. airlines in October, while average price to fly one mile fell 13.5%. U.S. airlines also saw cargo revenue ton miles decline 3% year over year in Sept 2009. Read More

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AIA leader's House testimony calls for stable space funding.

November 23, 2009

During testimony before House Science and Technology Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics, J.P. Stevens, AIA's Vice President of Space Systems, stated that our nation's space programs need stable and robust funding to maintain U.S. leadership. Stevens also raised concerns about U.S. export control policies that are counter-productive for the space industry, negatively impacting America's security interests. Read More

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NTSB makes safety recommendations to AASHTO.

November 23, 2009

According to NTSB, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials should work with FHA to establish performance and selection guidelines for bridge owners to use to develop objective warrants for high-performance Test Level Four, Five, and Six bridge railings applicable to new construction and rehabilitation projects where railing replacement is determined to be appropriate. Guidelines should be included in LRFD Bridge Design Specifications. Read More

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Construction Materials Prices decline in October.

November 23, 2009

Producer price index report by U.S. Labor Department shows that prices for construction materials and supplies fell 0.2% in October, and overall prices are 5.8% lower on year-over-year basis. While ready mixed concrete, cement, and softwood lumber prices are down, prices for prepared asphalt, tar roofing, and siding as well as steel mill and structural metal products rose. Anirban Basu said slight rise is sign that declines in construction materials prices may have come to end. Read More

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IPC Study forecasts growth in EMS industry through 2013.

November 23, 2009

According to IPC, 2008-2009 Analysis and Forecast for EMS Industry predicts global EMS market will grow at annual average rate of 8.1% until 2013 as world economies recover. Report provides general business metrics on sample of participating companies from North America, Europe, and Asia. It details trends in sources of revenue, revenue per employee, services offered, markets served, manufacturing technology, capital investment, spending on equipment and materials, and market size. Read More

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NTSB makes safety recommendations to NHTSA.

November 23, 2009

According to NTSB, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration should require all new motor vehicles weighing over 10,000 lb to be equipped with direct tire pressure monitoring systems. NHTSA should develop performance standards for newly manufactured motorcoaches to require that overhead luggage racks remain anchored during accident. Standards should also be developed for newly manufactured motorcoaches that prevent head and neck injuries from overhead luggage racks. Read More

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ASTM invites involvement in catalysts standards development.

November 23, 2009

During virtual meeting, Committee D32 held open house for potential new members, which featured introduction to ASTM, explanation of Committee's mission, and highlights of committee's active task groups. Primary focus of D32 has been on heterogeneous catalysts, including refining and petrochemical applications, raw catalytic materials, and finished catalyst systems. Committee hopes to expand to include emission control catalysts, homogeneous catalysts, and enzymatic catalysts. Read More

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ASTM International gains certification capabilities.

November 23, 2009

At its October 27-28, 2009 meeting, ASTM's board of directors authorized ASTM's management to develop the capability to offer certification services. ASTM International Certification Programs, the new initiative, offers opportunity for certification of products - materials, products, services, systems - as well as personnel. Potential benefits include increased confidence, reliable product comparisons, equitable testing and rating, and facilitating regulatory compliance. Read More

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AWWA Webcast covers backflow prevention.

November 23, 2009

On Wednesday, December 9, AWWA will host webcast which will utilize case studies to summarize regulatory framework for backflow prevention and cross-connection control, as well as water utility responsibilities. Webcast attendees will learn how to formulate specific plans for superior backflow prevention program, apply cross-connection control procedures to reduce contamination risks, and employ backflow prevention devices for best results. Read More

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U.S. Farmers continue to favor biotech crop varieties.

November 23, 2009

Despite statistics, report titled Impacts of Genetically Engineered Crops on Pesticide Use in the United States: The First Thirteen Years, claims "farmers are increasingly critical of GE crops." According to U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. farmers have embraced biotech varieties of soybeans, cotton, and corn at rate of 91%, 88%, and 85%, respectively. Agricultural biotechnology allows farmers to grow more food on less land using practices that are environmentally sustainable. Read More

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FAA proposes limits on companies hiring FAA inspectors.

November 23, 2009

In move to prevent conflicts of interests that could affect aviation safety, FAA is proposing to put limits on airlines and other operators hiring FAA safety inspectors and their managers for 2 years after employees leave agency. Proposed rule would not keep operators from hiring former inspectors to serve in other positions such as aircraft dispatcher, flight attendant, maintenance technician, or pilot as long as they do not represent operator in FAA matters. Read More

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U.S.-India SCCP Workshop focused on tall building fire safety.

November 23, 2009

Held in New Delhi, India on November 4, ANSI convened the first in a series of workshops to be held under U.S.-India Standards and Conformance Cooperation Program that focused on improving codes and standards for fire safety in tall buildings. Approximately 30 representatives of U.S./Indian organizations participated in discussions pertaining to fire safety principles, role of safety standards, lessons learned from tall building fires, and fire safety infrastructure development. Read More

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ASHRAE and IES standard addresses energy efficient building design.

November 23, 2009

ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2007, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings provides minimum requirements for energy-efficient design of buildings. It features 15 proposed agenda, open for public review, including addendum cd which would require active exterior control and bilevel control for all-night applications. Also included are addendum bn for orientation of fenestration and addendum bb which focuses on walls, rooms, and fenestration. Read More