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ASTM announces new standard for testing of arc blankets.

July 21, 2009

ASTM F2676, Test Method for Determining the Protective Performance of an Arc Protective Blanket for Electric Arc Hazards, will be used to determine effectiveness of arc protective blankets in suppressing combined effect of arc flash and arc blast. Developed by Subcommittee F18.65 on Wearing Apparel, it will enable utility companies and heavy industry users to evaluate blankets with repeatable standard at test labs using electric arc and high-speed camera. Read More

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AWWA announces early registration deadline for DSS.

July 20, 2009

AWWA has announced that to register at discounted rate, individuals must sign-up for Distribution Systems Symposium and Exposition (DSS) by Thursday, July 30. At event, top industry leaders will speak about how to make most of new technology and products, manage personnel effectively, and increase system security as well as discuss advances in water distribution system design/operations. It will also include Continuing Education Units and Professional Development Hours. Read More

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NAM applauds new trade enforcement initiatives.

July 20, 2009

In response to U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk's speech, Frank Vargo of NAM said organization applauds new trade enforcement initiatives. NAM will work with Ambassador Kirk to implement new initiatives by increasing monitoring of trade practices in other countries and will set up procedure for member companies to identify foreign trade practices that break rules. Also, pending trade agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea need to be sent to Congress and passed into law. Read More

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ASHRAE announces call for papers for 2010 Annual Conference.

July 20, 2009

Scheduled for June 26-30, ASHRAE 2010 Annual Conference titled Raising Efficiency to New Levels will feature range of programs and papers addressing energy efficient system design for high elevations and dry climates. Shorter conference paper format with 8-page limit is being introduced in addition to traditional 30-page technical papers. Some tracks include What is Sustainable Anyway?, Energy Facts vs. Simulations, Ventilation Systems, Refrigeration for the Future, and Central Plant Systems. Read More

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ASTM/SES Robert J. Painter Award given to Mickie Rops.

July 20, 2009

Consultant Mickie Rops, member of ASTM International since 2006, received 2009 Robert J. Painter Award from ASTM International and Standards Engineering Society. Rops was recognized for her exceptional work in advancing standardization efforts in area of personnel certificate programs. Regarded advisor to both associations and credentialing agencies, Rops founded Mickie Rops Consulting Inc. in 1997 and is author of first blog for credentialing community. Read More

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Midwest DOTs receive awards for transportation projects.

July 20, 2009

Jointly sponsored by AASHTO, AAA, and U.S. Chamber of Commerce, competition honors America's best in transportation. Michigan DOT won On Time category for I-94 Kalamazoo County Reconstruction Project, while Minnesota DOT won On Time category for I-35W Minneapolis Bridge Replacement Project. Missouri DOT received award in On Budget category for I-44 Conway Welcome Center Project, and Wisconsin DOT's Lake Delton Highway Repair Project was winner in On Time category. Read More

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Larry D. Brown receives E. George Stern award.

July 20, 2009

ASTM International Committee E06 on Performance of Buildings has honored Larry D. Brown, senior technical director at Tectum Inc. with E. George Stern Award of Excellence for outstanding contributions to development of international standards for building community. A member of ASTM International for more than 25 years, Brown is current chair of Committee E06 and its Subcommittee E06.11 on Horizontal and Vertical Structures/Structural Performance of Completed Structures. Read More

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AMT urges Congress to assist small manufacturers.

July 20, 2009

Testifying before House Small Business Committee, AMT President Douglas K. Woods told members effects of tax breaks and other provisions within American Recovery and Reinvestment Act have been minimal on manufacturing industry. According to Woods, AMT supported several business tax provisions to encourage companies to invest in equipment, but they have yet to do so. He also noted depreciation incentives need to be extended through 2010 and Net Operating Loss carryback extended from 2 to 5 yr. Read More

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ASTM proposes 2 standards related to search and rescue.

July 20, 2009

Proposed standards by Committee F32 on Search and Rescue, under jurisdiction of Subcommittee F32.02 on Management and Operations, include WK23984, Guide for Level 1 (Basic) Mounted Search and Rescue (MSAR) Responder. Principal users will be trained search and rescue personnel who deploy on horseback and those providing nontechnical rescue services on such missions. Also proposed is WK24699, Guide for Training for Land SAR as a Level 1 Out of Area Disaster Responder. Read More

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AWWA supports federal water infrastructure bank.

July 20, 2009

AWWA urged members of Congress to create federal water infrastructure bank to help America invest in aging water system. Federal water infrastructure bank would be authorized to borrow money through federal treasury system at low rates, make low-interest loans for larger water projects, and help those states that want to leverage SRF capitalization grants. It would require no new taxes, striking right balance between federal assistance and local responsibility. Read More

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Dale Wahlquist receives Anderson Award.

July 20, 2009

ASTM International Committee C26 on Nuclear Fuel Cycle has recognized Dale Wahlquist, department manager, applied engineering design and drafting, at Idaho National Laboratory, with Harlan J. Anderson Award for his outstanding contributions to committee. Wahlquist, who joined ASTM International in 1999, is first vice chair of Committee C26 and leads Subcommittee C26.14 on Remote Systems. He also works on joint group with Committee E10 on Nuclear Technology and Applications. Read More

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ASTM proposes standard focusing on epoxy barrier coatings.

July 20, 2009

ASTM WK24231, Practice/Guide for Internal Pipe Epoxy Barrier Coating Material Used in Pressurized Piping Systems, is being developed by Subcommittee F17.67 on Trenchless Plastic Pipeline Technology. Personnel involved in rehabilitation of pressurized piping systems are invited to participate in development, particularly those involved in regulatory activities. Potential users include designers, specifiers, regulatory agencies, owners, contractors, and inspection organizations. Read More

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Larry Press receives ASTM's Award of Merit.

July 20, 2009

Larry Press, director of flooring at Helmitin Inc., has received ASTM International Award of Merit and accompanying title of fellow. Press was cited for exceptional and sustained leadership as an executive, main, and subcommittee officer in ASTM Committee F06 on Resilient Floor Coverings and significant contributions he has made toward development and maintenance of flooring standards. A member of ASTM since 1988, Press is a past chair and current second vice chair of Committee F06. Read More

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ASTM plans creep fatigue test methods/models workshop.

July 17, 2009

Sponsored by ASTM Committee E08 on Fatigue and Fracture, workshop on Progress in Creep-Fatigue Test Methods and Models will be held November 11, 2009, in Atlanta, GA, in conjunction with November 9-12 standards development meetings. It will address progress in creep-fatigue crack formation and crack growth for high temperature materials and structures. Participants must submit 300-500 word abstract by August 31. Online registration opens 8 weeks before workshop and closes November 4. Read More

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NIST releases Vitamin D standard reference material.

July 17, 2009

Responding to concerns about quality and accuracy of methods used by testing laboratories to measure levels of vitamin D in the body, scientists at NIST, in collaboration with NIH's Office of Dietary Supplements, have developed reference sample for vitamin D in blood serum to help laboratories validate accuracy of test methods. NIST Standard Reference Material 972, "Vitamin D in Human Serum," represents first step toward standardization of vitamin D testing. Read More

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Technology Seminars showcase WirelessHART technology.

July 17, 2009

Due to overwhelming response by industry users, additional dates and locations have been scheduled throughout 2009 for a series of educational seminars on WirelessHART(TM) technology. HART® Communication Foundation seminar series, which will start August 5 in Philadelphia, PA, provides overview of WirelessHART technology, what it can do for you, how it can be used in a plant environment, and how to plan a successful wireless project. Read More

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NCNR Reactor relicensed by U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

July 17, 2009

U.S. NRC completed extensive review of NCNR's research reactor, which has been relicensed to continue operation until July 2029. Relicensing process took better part of 9 years, which required NCNR staff, particularly Reactor Operations and Engineering Group, to run reactor through safety analyses that were then independently verified by technical experts. NRC concluded that reactor can be operated for period of extended operation without undue risk to health and safety of public. Read More

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SATE Report relays findings on software optimization tools.

July 17, 2009

A new report by NIST documents the Static Analysis Tool Exposition (SATE), an exercise by NIST and static analyzer vendors designed to improve the performance of programs that try to find weaknesses in other programs. As the culmination of an effort started in February 2008 to host and digest results of SATE, the report relays results from 8 tool developers as well as a ninth team of professional human reviewers who participated. Read More

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2009 Baldrige Improvement Day goes virtual.

July 17, 2009

Baldrige National Quality Program at NIST collects suggestions throughout year on opportunities for improving Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence, Baldrige National Quality Award processes, and other program activities. Improvement Day enables stakeholders to review, consolidate, filter, prioritize, and recommend which suggestions should be implemented. To broaden access to Improvement Day, Baldrige Program has turned it into virtual event with sessions scheduled for Aug 3, 6, and 11. Read More

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ASTM Standard addresses eye safety for field hockey players.

July 17, 2009

ASTM International Committee F08 on Sports Equipment and Facilities has approved ASTM standard F2713, Specification for Eye Protectors for Field Hockey, developed by Subcommittee F08.57 on Eye Safety for Sports. Subcommittee welcomes participation in its standards developing activities, especially by representatives from medical- or vision-related businesses as well as sports organizations. It also plans on writing separate standards for sports included in ASTM F803. Read More